When in doubt, check with Vegas.
Is the star running back hurt, or is the trainer just exercising a little gamesmanship and calling him day-to-day? Is the point protector poised for a major game, or did he have a bit too much fun last night away from home? Vegas does not always understand, however, the handicappers can oftentimes be a good guide to the reality.
Those trusty betting lines may teach us things if we are paying attention. What can Vegas instruct us about Alabama?
Well, if you have been paying attention to college football, you then understand Alabama coach Nick Saban has played with his starting quarterback position near the vest. Initially he would not name a starter, and now he’s dividing time between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Why? It is not out of the graciousness of heart.
Saban has two great quarterbacks, and he needs every edge over his opponents. Why enable Ole Miss to prepare just 1 quarterback this weekend when he could make the Land Sharks prepare for two?
Is Tagovailoa and Hurts really going to continue to split time today that SEC play has begun? Vegas thinks it knows the answer, and the handicappers are in on Tua. Before this week, the Heisman futures made Tagovailoa the obvious favorite for the award, shrinking his odds of winning it into 3-to-1.
He is now the odds-on preferred to win it, which is a fairly good indication that Ole Miss is about to have a huge dose of the Tua Show on Saturday at Oxford. You understand who continues to fail at putting on a display? Joe.
Joe went 4-4 against the spread last week after beginning the season 1-7. He rallied, in other words, but Joe will need to do a lot better to catch the Pro. Check out last week!
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