- Organizers from the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences announced Wednesday that there will be no fall sports played in 2020.
- This has huge implications on the world of college football, where the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 still plan to play in fall.
- Odds are now available on if the Big 10 or Pac-12 will play in the spring, the odds heavily favoring that they won’t.
LAS VEGAS – Major news hit the world of college football this week as two of the biggest conferences in the country announced that they will not be playing football in the fall.
The Big 10 and the Pac-12 made the decision to postpone the football seasons of their universities in addition to all other fall sports due to concerns over the coronavirus.
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) August 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest hot button issue plaguing the world of college football. Since the athletes are unpaid students, issues of putting the students at risk is the biggest cause of concern.
Online sportsbooks are capitalizing on the current issue by offering odds on if the conferences will actually play football in the Spring.
Will Big 10 Play any games during Spring 2021?
- No -650
- Yes +375
Seeing such profitable odds for the game to be played in Spring is rather surprising. One would think that the Big 10, and especially head coaches like Jim Harbaugh and Ryan Day will do everything in their power to play the season their players have worked so hard for.
The television and broadcasting revenue that the conference collects each year is also a major factor that sports bettors should consider when looking at this betting line.
The odds increase even more for the Pac 12, with odds for a game to be played in Spring inflated to +425.
Will PAC 12 Play any Games during Spring 2021?
- No -800
- Yes +425
The main issue with teams playing in the Spring is simple logistics. Will the teams that play in Fall crown a champion? Will they wait until after Spring to play the Playoffs? The likelihood of that happening also has to factor in the NFL’s plans to hold an NFL Draft.
At this time the NFL appears to be full steam ahead with its scheduling of the regular season and they could take the same approach to the NFL Draft.
All these questions and more have football bettors and fans left stranded waiting for answers.
One thing is for certain and that is these college football betting lines will more than likely shift depending on what the other Power 5 conferences decide to do. If all of them are on board to play in the spring than the likely of the Big 10 and Pac-12 of playing will surely increase.
Answers will come eventually, but only time will tell if they are the right ones.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.