The point spread on the College Football National Championship between Ohio State and Alabama continued to grow over the weekend, while the betting action on the game was almost dead even entering game day at sportsbooks around the nation.
On Sunday night, roughly 24 hours before Monday’s kickoff, the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas had only two more bets on Alabama than on Ohio State. At BetMGM sportsbooks, the two teams were separated by just seven bets.
“Don’t think I’ve ever seen such a high-volume game have a ticket count that tight,” John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook, told ESPN.
Despite the balanced action, Alabama had grown to a consensus 9-point favorite over the Buckeyes on Monday morning. The Crimson Tide opened as around 8-point favorites. The line dipped to as low as -7 last week, but had steadily be moving in favor of Alabama in recent days.
The action was a little more-lopsided on Alabama at DraftKings, veteran bookmaker Johnny Avello said.
“I think there will be money on the Ohio State money line [on Monday],” Avello said. “I think they’ll end up laying Alabama [on the point spread] and taking Ohio State on the money line.”
The best-case scenario for multiple sportsbooks was Alabama to win outright but not cover the spread.
“That’s not unusual,” Avello said. “That’s typically the way the betting on these games go.”
Here are the notable bets from wild-card