When the Oregon Ducks battle with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff National Championship, it appears as though they’ll have the majority of the betting public in their corner.
The odds for this final game of the NCAA Playoff have bounced around a bit since the open. Oregon began as a 7-point favorite over Ohio State with the total at 74. From there, the Ducks bounced around between 6.5 and 6-point favorites for a couple of days before bottoming out at -5.5 Sunday afternoon.
That’s when Oregon bettors jumped on the short line. The sheer amount of Ducks action now has the line back up to -7 and as of noon ET and about 74 percent of Sports Interaction’s bets are coming in on Oregon. The total is holding at 74.5 points.
The line move shouldn’t have come as a surprise – especially when the Ducks dipped below -6 for a while last week. Oregon ranked third in the nation in total offence and second in points scored per game.
If there’s one thing the betting public likes is an offence capable of lighting up the scoreboard on the biggest stage in college football. It’s not just that though. The Ducks also went 10-4 against the spread this season and covered the number in each of their last nine games, so they have bettors’ trust by now. That often leads to more “blind bets” as kickoff nears. Plus they also have a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Marcus Mariota, which doesn’t hurt the team’s exposure as well.
“Being a part of this program now for a few years, you’ve got to understand that team goals are much more important than your own goals,” Mariota told reporters this week. “I think for us, if we’re able to accomplish that team goal, it would say a lot about this team and a lot about the character that we’ve got.”
Add all that up and you can see why bettors are in the Ducks’ corner tonight. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.