With National Signing Day and Spring Games padlocked, college football devotees have their initial rough sketch of the 2015 layout.
More so, the junkies lodged in the bright lights of Las Vegas seek refuge in yet another sector of moneymaking.
Not for the faint-hearted, these betting tickets require insurmountable patience for sports bettors as they scan the electronic boards plastered high above Vegas sportsbooks, searching for solid value of which club will saunter beneath the confetti in January.
Remarkable seasons go for naught here. It’s win or set your betting slip ablaze.
However, these aren’t the prototypical high-rollers decked in sport jackets and Rolex jewelry. ESPN journalist David Payne Purdum, a specialist on the subject, touches on the activity that’s causing mayhem in the books.
Top 5 college football teams by $ wagered to win national title @LVSuperBook:
1. Ohio St
4. Notre Dame
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 18, 2015
“Overall, these numbers are fun to look at, but really don’t mean too much at this point of the season,” states the statistics aficionado.
“The majority of offseason college football futures bets come from tourists who want to bet their favorite team or alma mater before heading out of town. You’re talking lots of $10 and $20 bets.”
So while Vegas releases the odds for the 2016 National Champion, Purdum offers the top teams that are receiving a majority of the action.
The money pouring in on the reigning champs should not surprise a soul. A mastermind head coach in Urban Meyer devising blueprints each week companied with a deluge of talent and athleticism, Purdum didn’t seem taken aback.
“More money has been bet on the Buckeyes than any other team. Not surprising with the talent they bring back from last year’s team that peaked at the right time.”
Following the Buckeyes, however, is a steady mix of regulars and dark horses.
Alabama consistently finds itself in the mix of the public consensus, while another SEC squad in Auburn comes in at No. 2. Bettors will hope to pocket some luck of their own as money begins to trickle in on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Fans must believe quarterback Malik Zaire is the real deals the sophomore has a clear path to the starting job with Everett Golson transferring.
The ESPN affiliate also makes note of how this drastic change has effected the tactics of the sportsbooks.
“Everett Golson’s decision is a storyline to follow,” claims Purdum. “The Westgate SuperBook slashed Florida State’s title odds from 30-1 to 15-1 over the last couple of weeks in anticipation of Golson landing with the Seminoles.”
Now Golson has selected Florida State, expect the Noles to catch the eye of the public again.
Creeping in at No. 5 are the Michigan Wolverines, the battered troops that will bank on the altruistic Jim Harbaugh to spark the dynamite in Ann Arbor. And at 60/1 odds, the slightest postulation of a maize and blue miracle could be worth a meager handful of dollars.
A majority of the spectators are just chuckling it off.
“Most people laughed at Michigan being No. 5, but that’s not surprising either with the amount of hype that comes along with Jim Harbaugh,” added Purdum.
It’s a grueling, unnerving stretch for those fiddling with college football futures, but expect the 2016 National Champions, along with the counterparts cheering them on with nothing but a slim slip of paper clenched between their fingers, to celebrate in similar fashion.