Alabama Football: How Is Vegas Reacting to the Bama vs LSU Build Up?

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Alabama Football: How Is Vegas Reacting to the Bama vs LSU Build Up?
Money talks, so what's it saying?

Larry Burton (Syndicated Writer) The Vegas line started with Bama being either a 5.5 or 6.0 point favorite. Now that line is down to 4.0 at most places.

The quick early and big money went for Bama, now that more money is diving in and going for LSU, the line is going down.

The bookmakers and sports casinos don't care who wins, they just want to balance the betting as close to 50% betting on LSU and 50% betting on Alabama, then they take out their house cut and pay the rest to the winners.

But they do want to know what a good line is and who should be favored to win. Though there is a lot of other data they use, like injuries, (no real advantage to either team there) and other things that generally wash out.

But the main thing they use is a "Smart Chart" and here is  an actual smart chart used by one of the sports book houses.


39.3   PTS FOR 39.4
11.5   PTS AGNST 6.9
27.8   DIFF. 32.5
183.1   PASS YDS 228.4
189.0   RUSH YDS 229.3
174.8   PASS D 135.6
76.6   RUSH D 44.9
-1.9   TO DIFF -0.8

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So it looks good for the Tide fans have good reason not to worry too much, since there is no category that Alabama doesn't get the nod.

It's interesting that the points scored is almost a wash, but Alabama allows 5 less points scored on them a game. Could that be the "tell" they're using for the point spread?

Another interesting fact is that Vegas sees Alabama as the BCS champion.

Right now, their odds of winning the title is even money. That's as low as it goes.

Here's those current odds.

(odds updated October 25th, 2011)

2012 BCS Bowl Game Champion Odds:

Alabama (even)

Arizona St +500000

Arkansas +20000

BYU +500000

Baylor +500000

Boise St +1200

Clemson +1800

Georgia +500000

Georgia Tech +500000

Illinois +500000

Iowa +500000

LSU +160

Michigan +50000

Michigan St +6000

Nebraska +30000

Oklahoma +6000

Oklahoma St +500

Oregon +3000

Penn St +30000

South Carolina +10000

Stanford +500

TCU +500000

Texas +500000

Texas A&M +500000

Texas Tech +500000

Virginia Tech +30000

Washington +500000

West Virginia +500000

Wisconsin +7500

xz Field (Any Other Team) +15000

Sounds like Vegas has made their mind up, now let's see if two teams involved oblige. 

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