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Sportsbook Cheers Florida State to Cover BCS Championship Odds vs. Auburn

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  The Florida State Seminoles celebrate on the field after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

Florida State backers are not the only college football fans pulling for the Seminoles to beat up on Auburn Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game.

Sportsbooks are cheering on the favored Seminoles to cover a 10-point spread because they have booked so much wagering action on the underdog Tigers.

“It’s all Auburn right now, they are about 60 percent on the spread +8 and 70 percent on the moneyline at +240,” said Kevin Bradley of Bovada sportsbook, which had the smallest FSU spread at -9. “Any way we look at it, we are huge FSU fans.”

He said an Auburn win would be a disastrous result for many books, and he hopes the Odds Shark computer prediction of a 49-35 final is accurate.

A year ago, sportsbooks were cheering on Alabama as the Tide were favored by 9.5 points over Notre Dame. This year, many of the betting trends point to Florida State being able to cover the 10 points and terminate the seven-game championship streak of the SEC.

Most sportsbooks had the line at -10 or -10.5 as of Monday morning.

FSU rolled to an impressive 11-2 against-the-spread mark this season and covered numerous huge spreads along the way. In the ACC Championship final, they covered a 30-point spread against Duke.

And in their four games this season against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, they outscored those teams 200-35.

Then, there is Florida State’s profitable run at bowl time. In their past 10 bowl appearances, the Seminoles are 9-0-1 ATS. And favorites have dominated this game lately with the chalk boasting a 4-1 ATS in five recent games.

That is the good news for Auburn bashers, who feel the Tigers were more lucky than good this season, and SEC haters. The bad news is that Auburn was also 11-2 ATS this season and has also turned a profit in bowl season with a 4-1 ATS run of late.

They have also won outright in the past two games where they were underdogs of nine points or more.

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