Sharps Give SEC Bowl Teams Tepid Support In Betting Markets

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Bowl season . . .

Vanderbilt takes the field today, starting a run of 11 SEC appearances the next six days. Though the SEC made big money for backers in non-conference action during the regular season (34-21-1, 62% against the spread), sharps betting early have been a bit skeptical about the nation’s power league running roughshod over bowl opponents.

Jeff Fogle notes which SEC teams are getting the sharps’ support — and which ones aren’t.

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Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .

TCU beats Cal 10-7 in Cheez-It Bowl on field goal in OT after missing one at end of regulation: ViewFromVegas is the Horned Frogs covered as 1-point favorites (stayed way Under 38.5 points). Faves still way ahead 12-4 SU & 11-5 ATS, Ivers dip to 8-7-1.

Earlier today, the First Responder Bowl at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas was canceled with BC leading Boise St. 7-0 in the first quarter; it was declared "no-contest"’ and all wagers should be refunded (parlays & teasers should be reduced by a game, subject to house rules).

Minnesota routs Georgia Tech 34-10 in Quick Lane Bowl: Golden Gophers closed as 6-point underdogs & +190 on the money line (stayed Under betting total of 57).

Contest corner . . .

The Week 17 lines for the Westgate SuperContest are out.

As per tradition, Westgate SuperBook manager John Murray gave Brent Musburger a pick for his SuperContest card: Vikings -4.5. Listen to the whole segment.

DraftKings sportsbook manager Johnny Avello joined Brent and his Guys in the Desert to discuss the first-ever DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship, to be held Jan. 11-13 in New Jersey. $2.5 million is guaranteed.

Full segment here.

Details here.

Seen & Heard on VSiN

Windy City Sam Panayotovich and Amal Shah are joined by ESPN Sports Betting Analyst Doug Kezirian. Doug shares his favorite angles for betting the College Football Playoff.

Sam and Amal speak with Rampart sportsbook manager Duane Colucci about the challenge of making Week 17 NFL Lines.

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The NFL’s final week of the regular season is our cover story with the Steelers on the playoff bubble. My feature article of the week covers an interesting angle on Week 17 games, aka the dreaded “resting starters” games. The Saints and Chargers will have nothing to play for on Sunday in terms of enhancing their playoff prospects. The problem is that several other teams could join them by the time their games kick off. Does that mean that bookmakers won’t be offering point spreads for their contests? Heck no, and the purpose of my article is to look specifically at those “meaningless” games, revealing some surprisingly distinct trends that might help you might some winners.

Issue #18 of the PSW also will be handling all the big college bowl games through the New Year. The final 25 games are on tap, starting Wednesday, including the two CFP Semifinal games Saturday.

Among those bowl contests are all of the New Year’s Six games. My college feature article digs deeper into the trends and betting systems affecting those contests. These games are the showcase contests on the bowl schedule each year. With greater stakes, the way the teams prepare for these games is much different than the other bowls. This, of course, can lead to great handicapping opportunities.

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