South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews posted last season’s faculty soccer video games of the 12 months in June, and sharp bettors were able to benefit from a quantity of poor numbers.
Andrews learned his lesson and waited till Friday to launch his games of the 12 months for the 2023 season.
“Last yr, I was probably not as cognizant of the transfer portal as I ought to have been,” Andrews mentioned. “I think I got beat on a few things that I ought to have been extra aware of, certainly on a variety of the minor teams. I just wished to comply with the switch portal more carefully this 12 months and just have a greater grip on it.”
In all, the South Point sportsbook put up traces on 76 college football video games for this season, and bettors had been permitted to position two wagers as much as $2,000 every earlier than heading to the back of the line and betting again.
Andrews said he took about 10 limit bets, and not one of the sharp gamers hit the same games twice. That’s in sharp contrast to final season at South Point, when no less than 9 strains moved by four points or extra and the Air Force-Navy line moved seven factors within an hour of being listed on the board.
“I supply my mea culpa from last yr,” Andrews said. “I suppose we did a fairly good job with our numbers (Friday).”
One staff that Andrews seems to have underrated is Wisconsin. The Badgers have a model new coach in Luke Fickell, who led Cincinnati to the College Football Playoff in 2021, and a good schedule with Ohio State at residence and neither Michigan nor Penn State on the slate.
Wisconsin also installed a new offensive scheme based on the Air Raid after years of counting on the bottom sport, and Tanner Mordecai, a transfer from Southern Methodist, is projected to be a big improve at quarterback.
Wisconsin opened as a decide ’em towards Illinois on Oct. 21 however quickly moved to a 2-point favourite. The Badgers additionally had been wager all the method down to a decide ’em against rival Minnesota within the regular-season finale Nov. 25 after opening as 2-point underdogs.
“They have a new coach, and one of the issues I’ve stated for years is I’d all the time like to bet against new coaches,” Andrews mentioned. “But the panorama is ever altering, and final year a lot of new coaches did rather well, together with TCU, which discovered themselves in the championship game. I suppose that may be a sea change right now together with lots of the issues within the switch portal.
“Teams can readjust much more quickly and get back to where they should be. Whereas new coaches in the past, it would take them a pair years to stand up there. But now it looks like they’re doing it slightly more rapidly.”
Andrews mentioned sharp bettors liked Ohio State over Notre Dame on Sept. 23, and the Buckeyes went from -6½ to -7½.
Texas also noticed sharp money for its rivalry game against Oklahoma on Oct. 7, and the Longhorns moved to -7 after opening -6.
“I know a lot of guys are actual excessive on Texas this year,” Andrews stated. “I’m at all times somewhat skeptical of Texas as a outcome of it looks as if they go under their win whole pretty much every year. I was not as enthused on Texas as I know some other people have been.”
Other notable traces included Clemson -2½ over Florida State (Sept. 23), Alabama -7 over Louisiana State (Nov. 4) and Michigan -3 over Ohio State (Nov. 25). UNLV is -2 over UNR after they meet for the Fremont Cannon on Oct. 14 in Reno.
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