Oregon Favored By 6.5 In Championship Game
By Space Coast Daily // January 12, 2015
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
The point spread in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T shrunk all last week, with influential money being placed on underdog Ohio State.
But Oregon money showed up over the weekend.
The Ducks head into game day as a 6.5-point favorite over the Buckeyes at most Nevada sportsbooks, capping a 10-day stretch that saw the line move significantly in both directions.
The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Oregon opened as a 7-point favorite Jan. 2. Early last week, multiple sportsbooks reported taking bets on Ohio State plus-7 from what was a described as a “respected group,” causing the line to move off the key number.
The line continued to fall during the week and bottomed out at minus-5, after Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington was suspended for the game.
But the line headed back up over the weekend. The Westgate SuperBook, MGM, CG Technology and William Hill all were back to Oregon minus-6.5 on Sunday night. And some believe the line might get all they back to 7 on game day.
“I’m hearing rumors that someone else is on Oregon in this game,” SuperBook head oddsmaker Ed Salmons said. “I’m not going to be surprised if this line doesn’t push up to minus-7.”