Sharp money on Chicago drove the line from 5½ to 6½ and MGM Resorts took a six-figure bet on the Bears. The Raiders gave William Hill its only win of the 10 a.m. games.
The Buckeyes rolled 48-7 Saturday at Nebraska — torching so-called sharp money on the Cornhuskers — and are 20-point home favorites Saturday over Michigan State.
NFL underdogs went 9-3-1 against the spread with seven outright upsets Sunday as Las Vegas sportsbooks had their best day of the season, by far.
The Cornhuskers are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Big Ten games, and coach Scott Frost is on a 7-2 cover run as an underdog.
The Rams’ 20-13 win was the biggest NFL decision of the season for MGM Resorts and CG Technology, which each needed Cleveland for multiple six figures.
Ed Salmons, Westgate sportsbook vice president of risk management, said the Bulldogs are motivated to embarrass the Fighting Irish in a game between top 10 teams.
New England is the team that America loves to hate but it also loves to bet on the Patriots, who easily covered the 18½-point spread in a 43-0 road rout of the Dolphins.
History is on UNLV’s side in this game, as it’s 4-0 ATS on the road against Power Five teams under coach Tony Sanchez, covering against USC, Ohio State, UCLA and Michigan.
Washington converted a fourth-and-6 and a fourth-and-12 before Case Keenum threw a 4-yard TD pass to Trey Quinn with six seconds left to deal Eagles bettors a bad beat.
CG Technology sportsbook took a $7,700 bet on the underdog Aggies getting 18 points, and sharp action at Caesars Entertainment has driven the number from 18½ to 17.
Jacksonville is 9-2 to win its division and New York is 6-1, with the Lions 12-1, Bengals 14-1, Buccaneers 16-1, Giants 18-1 and Raiders and Cardinals at 20-1.
In general, it’s wise to back teams with quarterback competitions and coaches motivated to win, including those in their first year with a team.
After Houston added the right-hander to its stacked rotation with All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the Westgate made the Astros a 2-1 favorite to win the title.
Bob Hamman, founder of Dallas-based SCA Promotions, reached a deal in 1989 to cover a $1 million donation to Little League Baseball if Ryan, then 42, pitched a no-hitter.
The four-time major champion is the 8-1 favorite to win the year’s final major at Royal Portrush, where he has the course record, in his native Northern Ireland.