Opening Numbers See Big Alabama Fade on Ragin’ Cajuns Money

Monday, September 24, 2018 12:51 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 24, 2018 12:51 PM UTC

No point spread from BetOnline moved more, minutes after opening Sunday, than the Alabama-Louisiana Lafayette line, as early sharp money on the Ragin’ Cajuns caused a 4½-point swing down to (just) 49.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/college-football-betting/" title="NCAAF Betting Forum">NCAAF: Opening Line Report, Week 5</a></h2><p> </p><h2>Thursday</h2><p dir="ltr">#21 MIAMI-FLORIDA -21 -110 North Carolina (down to -19 -105 after release, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4400&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>)</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Friday</h2><p dir="ltr">Memphis -11½ TULANE (up to -13 -120)<br />COLORADO -11 -115 Ucla (up to -11½ -115)</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Saturday</h2><p dir="ltr">BUFFALO -5 Army (up to -7 -105)<br />Cincinnati -25½ CONNECTICUT<br />#24 MICHIGAN STATE -25½ Central Michigan (up to -27 -115)<br />Kent State -7 BALL STATE (down to -6½ -120)<br />WAKE FOREST -24½ Rice (up to -25½ -115)<br />EAST CAROLINA -5½ -115 Old Dominion (up to -6½ -120)<br />GEORGIA TECH -24 Bowling Green (up to -24½)<br />#23 BOSTON COLLEGE -17 -115 Temple<br />#2 CLEMSON -18½ Syracuse (up to -21 -120)<br />APPALACHIAN STATE -21½ South Alabama (down to -21)<br />DUKE -1½ #13 Virginia Tech (up to -3 -115)<br />UL Monroe -6½ -115 GEORGIA STATE (down to -6½ -110)<br />OHIO No Line Massachusetts (UMASS QB Ford?)<br />#16 Central Florida -14 -105 Pitt (down to -14 +100)<br />#17 KENTUCKY PK South Carolina (Early money made SC -2 -115)<br />NC State -8 -105 Virginia<br />Indiana -14 -115 RUTGERS (up to -14 -120)<br />AIR FORCE -8 +100 Nevada (down to -7½ +100)<br />WASHINGTON STATE PK Utah (Early money made WSU -1½ -115)<br />ARIZONA STATE -21 Oregon State (up to -21 -115)<br />#11 WASHINGTON -18 #25 Brigham Young (down to -17 -105)<br />FRESNO STATE -11 Toledo (down to -10 -105)<br />MIAMI-OHIO -2½ Western Michigan (down to -2)<br />Florida State -5 -115 LOUISVILLE<br />#4 OHIO STATE -3½ #10 Penn State (up to -3½ -125)</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;They’re Back. 😏 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@CollegeGameDay&lt;/a&gt; is coming to Happy Valley for the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/PSUWhiteOut?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#PSUWhiteOut&lt;/a&gt; vs. Ohio State!&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAre?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WeAre&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/b0QaSNGsYT\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/b0QaSNGsYT&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/PennStateFball/status/1043683300404068352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 23, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Arkansas State -4 -115 GEORGIA SOUTHERN (down to -4 -115)<br />#3 GEORGIA No Line Tennessee (TEN QB Guarantano?)<br />NEW MEXICO No Line Liberty (NM QB Tuioti?)<br />#9 AUBURN -30½ Southern Miss<br />#17 TCU -12½ Iowa State<br />#1 ALABAMA -53½ UL Lafayette (down to -49 +100)<br />#5 OKLAHOMA -27½ Baylor (down -26 -105)<br />UTSA -11½ Utep<br />Purdue -3 NEBRASKA<br />Texas -10 KANSAS STATE (down to -9 -105)<br />#12 West Virginia -5 TEXAS TECH (up to -6½ -120)<br />NORTH TEXAS -8 -115 Louisiana Tech<br />UAB -15 Charlotte (up to -16)<br />#15 Oklahoma State -16 KANSAS (down to -15)<br />Marshall -8½ WESTERN KENTUCKY<br />#14 MISSISSIPPI STATE -8½ Florida (up to -9)<br />#6 LSU -13½ Ole Miss (up to -14 -120)<br />TROY -19 Coastal Carolina (down to -17 +100)<br />Florida Atlantic -3 MTSU (up to -4 -12o)<br />Southern Cal -5 ARIZONA (up to -5½ -115)<br />Boise State -16 WYOMING (up to -16½)<br />Hawai’i -13 SAN JOSE STATE (up to -13½ -115)<br />#8 NOTRE DAME -3½ -120 #7 Stanford<br />#14 Michigan No Line Northwestern<br />#22 Texas A&amp;M -20 -115 Arkansas &gt;at Arlington, TX (up to -21 -115)<br />#20 Oregon -5½ CAL (down to -2½ -105)</p><p dir="ltr">Note: BetOnline open, Don Best rotation order; vigorish -110 unless noted; HOME TEAM in CAPS</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Early Money on UL Lafayette, South Carolina, Wazzu, Coastal Carolina</h2><p dir="ltr">The <em>really early</em> (4-5 p.m. ET) money on the <a href="https://classic.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/">NCAAF Week 5 betting board</a> saw the sharps backing UL Lafayette, South Carolina and Washington State, the latter two who were made PK’s at open at offshore sportsbook and line originator BetOnline on Sunday afternoon with the wiseguys making the Gamecocks (-1½ -105, after hitting -2 -115) and Cougars (-1½ -115) early week favorites for their respective games on Saturday against No. 17 Kentucky in Lexington (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC) and Utah in Pullman (6 p.m. ET, Pac-12).</p><p dir="ltr">Tuanigamanuolepola "Tua" Tagovailoa and No. 1 (as always) Alabama (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) opened as colossal 53½-point home chalks for their Saturday game against UL Lafayette in Tuscaloosa (noon ET, SEC), but <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Live NCAAF Odds">the pros quickly banged that number under 50</a>, and down 4 points to (Alabama minus) 49. But when a number is that high to begin with, the move is relative and if if stays below 50, nobody will ever have seen (the non-existent) numbers from 50 through 53½ with this early cash flow and money move on the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-2 SU/ATS) against the biggest chalk on this weekend's betting menu.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="234" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/158XzdOfTszYUmnl1FGIv1K6CGO6SPxzKgbWTIVY7pKDGHlfhqmULZl3hm5NxkoThytCBmnGJy7bmqbXQGkAPamfEi3ZXl-6fUCraF2H6DB_ocxzf1_8St64NTARQ1Lt_TWQ-x1K" width="378" /></p><p dir="ltr">Some other sides the wiseguys and early bettors backed: North Carolina (1-2 SU/ATS) at 21st-ranked Miami-Florida <a href="https://classic.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/north-carolina-tar-heels-vs-miami-(fl)-hurricanes-3449129/">on Thursday night</a> at Hard Rock Stadium (grass) in Miami Gardens in ACC play (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in a game bet down from an opening (Miami minus) 21 down 2 points to -19 on Tar Heels money; and No. 2 Clemson (4-0 SU, 1-3 ATS), who saw enough money to go from 18½-point openers quickly up 2½ points to -21 for their Saturday game from Death Valley (noon ET, ABC) against upstart Syracuse (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS).</p><p dir="ltr">And, Heisman candidate Will Grier and No. 12 West Virginia (3-0 SU/ATS), who went from opening 5-point favorites for their game at Jones AT&amp;T Stadium (FieldTurf) in Lubbock (noon ET1ESPN2) against fast-paced No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1 SU/ATS) up to 6½-point (-120) chalks <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/" title="Free NCAAF Picks">for what should be a high-scoring Big 12 showdown</a> in the Lone Star State.</p><p dir="ltr">Visitors Coastal Carolina (3-1 SU/ATS) saw enough early Chanticleers money to go from 17- up to 19-point underdogs for its Saturday Sun Belt Conference clash with Troy (3-1 SU/ATS) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3) even though Coastal Carolina QB Kilton Anderson is listed as doubtful, while No. 19 Oregon (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) — coming off an emotionally draining game against Stanford in Week 4 which likely knocked the Ducks out of the CFP picture — were bet down 3 points in a big early move from 5½- to 2½-point (-105) favorites for their Pac-12 North Division game at unbeaten Cal (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) at California Memorial Stadium (Matrix Turf) in Berkeley on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1) where you just know that QB Chase Garbers and the No. 24 Golden Bears (1-6 ATS L7 vs. ORE) will be aiming for the semi-upset.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The pregame F-16 Flyover was cancelled due to a maintenance issue. No problem as Bryce Perkins (&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/3_ToDaNeck?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@3_ToDaNeck&lt;/a&gt;) went airborne on Louisville. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/VZdH6UFQM6\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/VZdH6UFQM6&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/UVAFootball/status/1043645616990097409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 22, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2 dir="ltr">Free NCAAF Week 5 Picks</h2><p dir="ltr">Virginia +8 -115 over N.C. State<br />Auburn -30½ over Southern Miss (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4400&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>)<br />Syracuse +22 over Clemson (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4403&amp;book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bookmaker</a>)<br />Purdue -3 -106 over Nebraska (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4412&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a>)</p>
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