|Everyone has their eye on Ohio State heading into the season.|
“Our biggest risk of the weekend is with Ohio State,” said CG Technology VP of risk management Jason Simbal, who currently has them minus-14. “We’re going to need Virginia Tech pretty good. They just keep betting the Buckeyes.”
It’s not a surprise that the Buckeyes are garnishing lots of attention because they‘re always a popular team, but the fact that the game isn’t until Monday and it has more risk than any of the Friday or Saturday games is a big deal and a major statement of their popularity.
By game day when it’s isolated and 70 percent more action comes on the game, this is going to be a monster decision with every sports book executive rooting for the Hokies.
“This is going to be just like a big Monday Night NFL decision,” said the South Point’s Jimmy Vaccaro, who begins his 41st season booking games in Las Vegas. “It’s got everything you could possibly want from a big game with the champs first game out and revenge on their mind.”
Vaccaro said he expects the Ohio State money to keep rolling in.
“The smarts took +14 with Virginia Tech when we first posted it, but it’s been all Buckeyes since then, even after the suspensions. I think the number will run and close -15 or higher by kickoff.”
CG Tech books opened Ohio State -12 back in July and got as high as -14.5 towards the end of the month until four Buckeye players were suspended on July 30, which included wide-receiver Corey Smith and All-American defensive-end Joey Bosa. CG adjusted to -11, and the public has been betting them ever since back up to -14.
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