BCS Championship Betting Recap: How did the Sharps Fare?

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 2:01 PM GMT

The 2013-14 BCS Championship game was nothing short of spectactular, so lets look back at how the sportsbooks lined this matchup and how we fared with our picks. Were the sharps on the right side of the lines, or was it the public who came out on top in this year's season finale?

Well the BCS went out with a blaze of glory last night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California with the final edition of the current format. Considering the magnitude of the game, and what was at stake, this will go down as one of the most memorable college football games ever. In case you’re living under a rock, Florida State defeated Auburn 34-31, and scored the go ahead touchdown with just 0:13 to play in the game. It brought back memories of a past BCS Championship Game also played at the Rose Bowl, when Vince Young led the underdog Texas Longhorns to a game winning drive in the final minute versus USC. 

The Point Spread

According to college football odds the point spread in this game opened with Florida State as an 8.0-point favorite, and despite public money wagered virtually being evenly split, the number closed at all the way up to 11.0. Based on those calculations, I can safely say that the sharp money was wagered on the favorite, while the general public backed the underdog with their college football picks. This marks one of the few times that public money was on the right side, and the sharps took a loss.

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The Total

According to college football odds the total in this national championship contest opened at 65.0, and closed at 67.5. The odds-makers once again look genius as a result of the 34-31 final score, which fell right on the opening number, and fell just short of going over the number, much to the dismay of about 70% of the betting public. In actuality, those who wagered on the under in the last 72 hours prior to kickoff hadn’t a lot to worry about after just a 3-point 3rd quarter, that ended with Auburn in the lead 24-13. Especially since the final score of the game came with just 0:13 to play in the game.

2nd Half Line 

According to college football betting odds Florida State was a 9.0 point favorite and the total was 35.0 in the 2nd half. It would be safe to assume that some of the sharps chased their money in the 2nd half, and were successful in doing so. Auburn led the game 21-10 at the half, and was outscored 24-10 in the 2nd half. A winning 2nd half wager on the Seminoles certainly didn’t come without a high degree of anxiety. The winning margin came with just 0:13 to go in the game 

The Total in the 2nd half 

The teams combined to score 34-points in the 2nd half of last night’s game which barely stayed under the total of 35.0. However, if your wager was placed on the under you were pretty safe throughout the 2nd half. There were only 3-points scored in the 3rd quarter, and only a late flurry that saw 24-points scored in the last 5:15 of the 4th quarter, made the 2nd half under look a lot harder than it really was.

Final Thoughts 

This was one that will go down as a definite “instant classic”. It was one of those rare times times the play on the field, and the game itself, met or exceeded the hype. It also marked the end of the BCS era as we know it. I won’t miss the BCS in the least, and have long hoped for a playoff format. Here’s hoping the NCAA governing body delights us all by expanding to 8 and as much as a 16-team tournament in future years.
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