Kicking off the college segment of the Into The Weekend with BetDSI show this week, I asked Brent, the Head Lines Manager at DSI, about action on the Stanford/USC game. With Stanford coming off of the huge upset win over Oregon, and USC impressively revitalized after the firing of Lane Kiffin, I was expecting him to say that the game was getting a lot of betting action, at least from the public.
It turns out that that game in fact has the highest betting volume of any game on the Saturday card according to Brent, and it also turns out that there is a notable sharp/public split with the action on the spread.
I then asked Brent about other games that took notably big volume this week, and one game he singled out was Indiana/Wisconsin. The spread on that game has moved quite a bit, having opened at Wisconsin -20 and reaching 27 recently. I actually previewed that game with Steve from CollegeFootballWinning.com this week, and he recommended a play on Wisconsin at anything under 24, but Brent told me sharp action came in on Indiana at 27. That game is a classic example of how the line is everything when it comes to sports betting.
In the NFL segment, I started out asking specifically about the action on KC/Denver, one of the most unusual handicapping situations of the year. Denver of course is a public darling, and can always be expected to take big public action as a home favorite. But KC comes into the game undefeated, and getting more than a touchdown. So I was interested to see how the public responded, and what the sharp action was, if any.
And in the NFL segment, we also touched on the total in the Washington/Philly game, which I assumed has taken big public action on the over.
And as always, in each segment, Brent identified to me notable sharp action from the rest of this weekend’s football betting card.