Where the action is: Sharps vs. Public in Fiesta Bowl betting

Jan 2, 2013 |
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks (-8, 75.5)

Two of the most explosive offensive programs in the country meet in the Fiesta Bowl, with oddsmakers opening the Oregon Ducks as 8-point favorites for this Jan. 3 BCS bowl game.

Early money came in on the Ducks, moving the spread as high as -9.5 at some online markets. However, sharp money pounced on the discount KSU line and brought the spread back to its original post. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI.com, the Fiesta Bowl is a battle between public and wise guy money.

“There is a public-versus-sharp betting contrast here with sharp action backing K-State at the +9 spread and the public all over Oregon at any value,” BetDSI.com told Covers. “The current bet count is 2-to-1 in favor of Oregon, but the money has decent balance since the spread settled in around Oregon -8.”

The total for Thursday’s game is one of the largest numbers this bowl season. The over/under opened as high as 77 but has since dropped to as low as 75 online. Las Vegas books are dealing between 76 and 75.5 points.

Four bowls have closed with totals of 70 or more points this postseason, splitting the over/under at 2-2. Oregon and Kansas State posted twin 7-4 over/under records this season.

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