Friday, September 4, 2015

Buckeyes already biggest weekend risk for Monday's game

Everyone has their eye on Ohio State heading into the season.
LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest stories coming into the 2015 college football season is a loaded Ohio State championship team going for a repeat, and the enthusiasm to see how they do appears to be translating to the bet windows in Las Vegas as well.

“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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