College football betting is starting to gain momentum with spreads for select Week 1 games already on the board. Those who know college football know what that means: the Golden Nugget’s popular Games of the Year are on the way.
BCS Championship odds have been up since Alabama trounced Notre Dame in the national title game back in January, and the Crimson Tide are the overwhelming favorites to win a third straight crystal football at +275.
But not all bettors are banking on Big, Bad Bama to win its fourth BCS crown in five years. Other programs, even outside of the overall NCAAF chalk, are drawing futures money as the season crawls closer.
Texas A&M Aggies (+1,200)
The Aggies are the most popular futures bet on the board, according to Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas. Texas A&M opened at 12-1 and dropped down to 10-1 in March before coming back up.
“Texas A&M is by far getting the most (action),” Sherman told Covers. “Johnny Football!”
Sherman is, of course, referring to reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Johnny Manziel, who returns for his sophomore season at College Station after leading the Aggies to the third-best offensive attack in the country.
Georgia Bulldogs (+1,800)
The Bulldogs made a case for the national title game last season, taking Alabama to the limit in the SEC championship. Plenty of football fans would rather have had a rematch for the national title instead of the one-sided finale. Georgia brings back QB Aaron Murray and the RB tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
“The offense should be largely the same, but defensively, there’s a lot to hope for after losing many starters on what was a pretty good defense last year,” Aron Black of Bet365.com told Covers “The sked is not kind early on either (at Clemson, vs. South Carolina, vs. North Texas, vs. LSU, at Tennessee).”
Michigan Wolverines (+3,300)
Michigan moves on from QB Denard Robinson and puts the ball and a new offense in the hands of Devin Gardner, who impressed in his limited action last season. Gardner started the final five games, completing 59.5 percent of his passes and totaling 11 TDs to five INTs. The Wolverines have done well luring in young talent and should have a lot of weapons around the maturing passer.
“Hard to make much of the action on them,” says Black. “They lost a backup QB this spring, instituting a new style offense - which is a good thing - but it’s hard to see them getting the better of Ohio State in the Big Ten, and their schedule is not the best. But who knows? If things go their way, it will be some tilt at home against the Buckeyes on Nov. 30.”