Notable bets: College basketball tips off ‘sharp bettors’ paradise

Zach Edey and Purdue Boilermakers are among the favorites to win the 2024 NCAA Men’s National Championship next March, according to ESPN BET. As college basketball kicks off, the betting market is heating up, with over 100 games on the slate. The college basketball market in November attracts serious bettors, while the masses focus on football. Oddsmakers face the challenge of keeping up with over 300 college basketball teams, leading to smaller betting limits and volatile lines. However, professional bettors thrive in this environment and consider college basketball a paradise for sharp bettors.

Betting groups, such as Right Angle Sports, dedicate significant resources to college basketball and are eagerly awaiting the start of the season. Betting communities on social media, like the GoldBoys Discord, also anticipate college basketball for finding betting mistakes made by overwhelmed bookmakers. College basketball season is known for its brutality among bettors but also offers daily opportunities to profit.

In terms of football betting, favorites have been performing well in the NFL, with only two outright upsets in Week 9. However, bettors had a tough October, and sportsbooks reported losses on Sunday, except for the Breeders’ Cup, which was successful. The NFL games in Week 9 saw ten out of thirteen games go under the total, contributing to the highest under percentage in 33 years. Notably, the Dolphins-Chiefs game saw a line crash, with sharp bettors favoring the Dolphins leading up to the game.

October was a successful month for sportsbooks due to big NFL upsets, but Week 9 only saw two underdogs win outright. Despite a challenging day, sportsbooks were still slightly ahead going into the Bills-Bengals game. The highly anticipated Cowboys-Eagles game attracted balanced action at sportsbooks, and The Borgata, which is usually inundated with Philadelphia money, had a small decision on the game. C.J. Stroud, the Texans quarterback, is currently the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Looking ahead to Week 10, notable NFL lines include the Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens. In college football, the opening line for the Rutgers-Iowa game had an incredibly low total, potentially being the lowest in the past 24 years. Lastly, odds to win the college basketball national championship are available via ESPN BET by Penn National.


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