Crimson Tide, Trojans Grab Attention Of CFB Betting Public

  • The Alabama Crimson Tide are +200 odds favorites to win the National Championship – the shortest since their 2018 season (+175).
  • The USC Trojans have received the most action from Las Vegas SuperBook in both total bets and most money to win the title.

LOS ANGELES – USC is receiving plenty of betting action leading up to the college football season start.

According to Ed Salmons – Westgate Las Vegas’ oddsmaker – the USC Trojans are the biggest liability.

This statement holds more value knowing SuperBook is located in Colorado and Nevada. Those living in California, unable to use a local sportsbook, are likely culprits of the inflation of the Trojans betting odds.

USC opened with CFB Title odds at +3500 but now sit at +2000 at most online sportsbooks. But, with the fifth best CFP odds at Bovada, it isn’t just locals taking a chance on Lincoln Riley.

Riley is still looking for his first College Football Playoff win, after losing his first three during his beginning years at Oklahoma.

Year Bowl Result Opp. Coach
2017 L 54-48 (OT2) Rose Bowl Kirby Smart
2018 L 45-34 Orange Bowl Nick Saban
2019 L 63-28 Peach Bowl Ed Orgeron

Still, in Las Vegas, USC has the most money and total bets to win it all.

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However, elsewhere in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to dominate CFB and the betting lines.

As a +190 favorite, DraftKings has accepted four times as many bets on the Tide to win the National Championship than any other team.

“They’re the most loaded Alabama team I’ve ever seen,” Salmons said, adding that he believes the Crimson Tide could be favored by double digits in each of their regular-season games, per ESPN. “They literally could field two teams that could get to the playoffs.”

Entering the 2022 season, this marks the sixth straight season that Alabama has opened with CFB Title odds shorter than +300. Winning in two of those instances (2017: +250, 2020: +300), their +200 odds are the shortest they have been since 2018 (+175) and second shortest in over 20 years.