Oddsmakers originally believed Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, would not be suiting up for Texas A&M this season. Are Johnny Football’s college days done?
The betting market doesn’t think so.
A day after ESPN reported Manziel allegedly had accepted cash for autographing memorabilia, 5Dimes
posted a series of props on the polarizing Aggies quarterback, including whether or not he’ll play in any game this season.
The number opened at “Yes” +165 and “No” at -210, but the line quickly adjusted to -120 either way. Limits are reportedly low.
The NCAA is reportedly investigating Manziel. If they find that he did indeed take money in exchange for his signature, he could be ruled ineligible. Texas A&M has only one other quarterback that has attempted a pass on its roster, junior Matt Joeckel.
The Aggies are ranked sixth in the preseason coaches' poll and open the season against Rice.
has two betting options on the Aggies’ home game against the Owls:
If Manziel starts, Texas A&M is a 28-point favorite. If he doesn’t, the Aggies are -22 ½.
also has Manziel at 20/1 to win his second Heisman Trophy.
Most sportsbooks pulled the majority of their Texas A&M odds off the board, including season win totals and futures options.
Estimates of how much Manziel is actualy worth to the spread were flying around social media on Monday. Estimates ranged from six points to as much as two touchdowns.