Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone. As I wrote in my NFL Thanksgiving game report, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Personally, I’m grateful that I’m healthy and able to share these columns with you every week.
Thanksgiving is a big betting week for us. I’d say the five days, Thursday through Monday, rival the opening day of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This report covers college football games Thursday night through Saturday and then I’ll come back with the rest of the NFL Week 12 paper on Saturday morning. As always, we present the games in the official Nevada rotation order.
Mississippi State at #20 Mississippi (-2, 61)
This is a good betting game. We opened Ole Miss -2.5. They took it and we went to 2, and now strictly public money laying 2 on the Mississippi. Nothing out of total.
North Carolina State #18 UNC (-6, 56)
We have opened 6. The public is starting to put down the 6 but still no action taken and we have yet to move the number. Nothing on this total either. We haven’t had any substantial total action yet on any of Friday’s matches.
Baylor at #24 Texas (-8.5, 56)
We opened 8.5. Another good betting game but still no movement.
Florida at #16 Florida State (-9.5, 58)
We opened 9.5 and didn’t move it. There is still not much action in the Friday games. Interestingly, I opened this game as part of our “Game of the Year” outings over the summer with Florida State as a 2-point favorite. Finished Florida State -3.
No. 19 Tulane at no. 21 Cincinnati (-1, 46.5)
Now here’s a Friday game where we had a lot of business. We opened Cincinnati -2. They took the 2 and we went to the 1.5. They took the 1.5 down and it’s back to 2. This time they took the 2 and the 1.5, and it’s down to 1. This game has a lot of business. Nonetheless, out of the total.
No. 10 Oregon (-3, 58.5) at No. 22 Oregon State
Good deals on that too. We opened Oregon at -3.5, the sharp money took it and we’re now at 3. The sharp money is definitely on the dog. Oregon State was one of my teams before the season started and they had a great year. Nothing much about anything else: total, money line, etc.
Kansas ranked #15 Kansas State (-12, 62.5)
We open 12. The crowd is putting down the 12 but I can see it going to 11.5 with some sharp play elsewhere. They haven’t hit me yet. If they do, I’ll move it.
South Carolina at No. 7 Clemson (-14.5, 52)
We opened the game 14.5 and we still have to move. We have some money for the dog, though. Mostly recreational money, but I see a few 14’s popping up. Personally I think the number is a bit high. I think it will go down. I did number 13 and I think this is a nice dog alive here.
Michigan State ranks #11 Penn State (-18.5, 53.5)
This is a bit of a rivalry, for the Land Grant Trophy. We opened this game 18 and bet up to 18.5. Mostly recreational money, but enough to move us.
No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State (-8.56)
We’ve opened this game 8 and have a lot of business both ways, but we haven’t moved it. I think that’s a good number. I see some 7.5s out there, but I prefer the higher number. I’ve had Ohio State in first place all year. We had a couple of sharp bets on either side, but again, nothing to move the number yet. Ohio State opened and finished −14 for game of the year during the summer.
No. 13 Notre Dame at no. 5 USC (-5.5, 64)
We’re at 5.5, writing a lot of two-way deals. I almost went to 6, but I’m kinda glad I didn’t because they were picked up at other stores right away. Looks like the sharp money is on Notre Dame. I made this game 4.5, so it’s not a huge difference, but I kind of prefer the lower number here. I opened Notre Dame -5 in one of our games of the year and it closed USC -3.
Iowa State No. 4 TCU (-10, 47.5)
We’ve opened 10. Business in both directions, but we’ve yet to move the number.
Auburn at #8 Alabama (-22.50)
We opened on 21.5. Not sharp money but public money got me to 10pm and that’s where we are on Thursday morning. And this game has included very little outright action so far this week, though that will likely change as I’m sure we’ll be inundated with action of late. Another game of the year here: Alabama opened -18 and closed -24.
Chris Andrews is the Director of Sports Betting at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, a member of the Sports Betting Hall of Fame and has been a Nevada bookmaker for over 40 years.