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Bettors already fading Texas A&M before Manziel's Twitter tirade

Johnny Manziel’s tirade on Twitter this weekend has many college football fans thinking twice about the reigning Heisman winner and the Texas A&M Aggies.

College football bettors, however, apparently already have their minds made up about Manziel and the Aggies’ chances against the spread.

Texas A&M has been a big “play against” team since the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas released its college football “Games of the Year” odds earlier this month.

The Aggies are favorites in all but two of their seven available contests but four of those games have had money on the other side move the line. Texas A&M has dropped from -17 to -15 at Arkansas in Week 5, from -24 to -22.5 vs. Auburn in Week 8, from -1 to -2 at LSU in Week 13, and from -13 to -12 at Missouri in Week 14.

And these adjustments came before Manziel tweeted, "Bullshit like tonight is a reason why I can't wait to leave college station...whenever it may be” this weekend.



The tweet, which came across the social media wire in the dead of night Sunday (when nothing ever good happens), was later deleted from his account and followed by a quick damage-control statement, saying “Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."

Manziel has been on a Heisman tour since winning the NCAA’s top individual honor this winter. He’s been throwing out first pitches at MLB games, frequenting high-profile sporting events, giving fist bumps to celebrities and stirring up plenty of buzz with online pictures of him and half-naked co-eds.



We, the sports bettor, aren’t complaining. But we will the second Manziel’s ego begins to cost us money.

Texas A&M has been the most popular BCS Championship futures play this offseason (+1,200) and is currently priced at +650 to win the SEC – tied with LSU and behind Alabama (-125), Georgia +300 and South Carolina (+500).

Manziel’s apparent anxiousness to get out of college and earn pro bucks could have the 20-year-old sophomore's focus slipping before this season.

Just look at what happened to former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, a surefire No. 1 selection who struggled with the pressure in his final year and dragged bettors down with him to the tune of a 3-10 ATS record.

Is this weekend’s flash of prima-donna attitude just a social media blunder after a few too many underage pops or is it a crack in the dam and a sign of things to come from the kid they call “Johnny Football”?

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Posted by sports_Network
1 year ago

he's 19 years old, a sophmore, "late for a football camp" big fuckin deal! (did he violate any NCAA rules)signed autographs? I see nothing here but a jealous/envious attitude by the media....
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Posted by jk-time
1 year ago

NFL CAREER !!!!
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Posted by jk-time
1 year ago

This is all a publicity stunt... Manziel is still the same. He's gonna surprise us all this year and cover at least 7 of those games... I'm not sure about his HFL career but his college career has gone better than expected up to this point... Go Johnny !!
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Posted by LonghornHoosier
1 year ago

I will nickname you Mr. Delusional Aggie for representing the entire Aggie Nation, whether you support them or not...I may be a T-Sip, but I have never in my life seen a more delusional fan base than Texas A&M...A&M will have a respectable season, whether or not JM plays well or even plays...but, now JM has their hopes up like they can win a BCS NC for the first time in 74 years, without a real D in the SEC...we'll see...
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Posted by mydogmoe
1 year ago

Saban can't wait to play this guy again. Bama may not cover Va Tech, but they will be ready for Johnny this time. Bama played a blood bath with LSU the week before A&M last year. They have 2 weeks to prepare this time due to an off week after the game with the Hokies....
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Posted by LonghornHoosier
1 year ago

why won't Bama cover at Va Tech...Isn't Logan Thomas a running threat with some NFL potential...and the only way in hell Va Tech has a chance to upset Bama or even cover. I think with a month of camp to prepare on a neutral field, with a 2 week break to recover after disposing of the hokies, Bama will destroy Va Tech in week 1...
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Posted by funding
1 year ago

He is still a college kid. He may never go pro but so what...let him enjoy college and women.
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

johnny football is showing now that he cant handle the pressure. he has no shot in the nfl.
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Posted by The Hawk
1 year ago

Let's review: Heisman winner as a Freshman, drives a Benz, batting practice with Padres, front row tickets to whatever the Biggest Game is, and his girlfriend, Sarah Savage, is..............................wait for it.....................a model Yes, I would love to walk in your Bruno Magli shoes...................punk
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Posted by jdnmoney
1 year ago

Rice +30 wk one !
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Posted by jk-time
1 year ago

"This is all a publicity stunt... Manziel is still the same. He's gonna surprise us all this year and cover at least 7 of those games... I'm not sure about his HFL career but his college career has gone better than expected up to this point... Go Joh..."