Notre Dame And Alabama Looking Like Record-Setting Betting Game
Each year, the BCS National Championship game has become a bigger and bigger betting phenomenon. The game may never rival the Super Bowl, but that does not mean it cannot become the second-largest betting event of the year.
This season will be a test as to how far the game can progress in terms of gambling. The Las Vegas sports books could not have come up with a better match-up had they hand-picked the teams themselves. Notre Dame and Alabama provide two of college football's most storied programs.
The Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide have legendary players and coaches that have come through their programs. Their fan bases are among the most loyal and dedicated in the country, and their success is measured by one thing only, the amount of national titles they have accrued.
How much will be bet on this year's title game is up in the air. The game has already shown how popular it will be with fans. Tickets for the sold-out game are going for no less than $1,200, and that will only get a fan into the standing room only section.
If an actual seat is the desired route for a fanatic, the cost has ranged from $1,800 in the upper deck at Sun Life Stadium, to upwards of $10,000. The demand comes in part because the Irish have not played for a title in over a decade. Notre Dame has traditionally been one of the most popular teams in the country, and with a long drought between title appearances, fans are spending large amounts of cash to see their team in person.
The betting, according to one sports book executive, has been "brisk." The executive said the game is following the pattern of past years, where big bets come in early, and then the line settles in. The betting line opened with Alabama as a nine point favorite. The game has moved as high as 11 in some sports books, but has settled at 10 in most.
Notre Dame comes in as the number one team in the country. That was not enough to convince gamblers they could defeat an SEC team. Alabama, the defending national champ, has one loss to Notre Dame's none, but odds makers have still installed the Crimson Tide as the favorite.
With the game still almost a month away, the line could fluctuate, but analysts believe it will remain around that ten number until game day.