With the season just a week away, here's a look at the individual player and team odds from Bodog.com for the Big East. There aren't a lot of player bets, but the ones we do have are interesting. I'm particularly interested in what people think about that bet on who will lead the Big East in passing yards and passing touchdowns. That should be an entertaining three man battle.
|Bodog Player Props|
|Geno Smith to Win the Heisman||35/1|
|Geno Smith Passing Yards|
|Geno Smith Passing Total Passing Touchdowns|
|Who Will Have the Most Passing Yards Per Game|
|Who Will Have the Most Rushing Yards Per Game|
|Who Will Have the Most Rushing Touchdown|
|Who Will Have the Most Receiving Yards Per Game|
|Who Will Have the Most Receiving Touchdowns|
Looking at these individual players odds, I am really surprised to see the over/under of Geno Smith's passing yards at 2999.5. Holgorsen has never had a quarterback throw for less than 4,000 yards in his years as an offensive coordinator. I can't imagine what the thought process is here because the odds don't really drive you to take either the over or the under. Maybe they just want you to not bet on Geno Smith at all.
A bit surprised to see Kashif Moore with such good odds on the receiving stats only because there is such uncertainty at the quarterback position for Connecticut. A sleeper there might be Van Chew, given all of the issues surrounding Marcus Sales for Syracuse.
And here are the team odds according to Bodog. If I was forced to place a bet, I would take West Virginia over nine wins, Syracuse under six wins, and South Florida under eight wins. But that's if I was forced because I think six wins for Syracuse and eight wins for USF is highly likely. So being forced to take over or under that, I'd be conservative and go under. Amazing that a year after winning the Big East, Connecticut is now the longest odds to win the league in 2011.
|Team Props and Title Odds|
|South Florida Bulls - 2011 Regular Season Wins|
|Syracuse Orange - 2011 Regular Season Wins|
|West Virginia - 2011 Regular Season Wins|
|Big East Odds to Win the Conference|
So what do you think about your team's odds to win the league? It's another indicator of the league's parity that the longest shot to win the conference is only 22/1 odds. If you look at the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt is 150/1. There's no real value for anyone to win the conference. Perhaps Louisville at 10/1 but that's really not great.