Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dawgs (and Aaron Murray) Featured in Wall Street Journal Today

If you get a chance to read today's article in the WSJ (it was actually yesterday's, so sorry) on early lines and how they're an opportunity to make money, you notice that the Dawgs get a little love right out of the gate. Not that WE'RE specifically picked to be... uh... wait a tic, they've already jinxed us. Those daggum sharps. Take a read here:

Two schools that the bettors have been picking on: Georgia and Michigan, but for different reasons.

The sharps say Georgia is underrated—likely because the Bulldogs are coming off of an ugly 6-7 season. They were initially a six-point underdog in their season-opening clash against Boise State, but that's fallen all the way to 2-1/2.

Likewise, heavy betting on the Bulldogs has caused Georgia to go from a three-point underdog against Florida to a one-point favorite, and from a 4-1/2-point favorite against defending national-champion Auburn to nine.

"When I saw the original lines, I said, oh, those are probably a little too far away for Georgia," said Phil Steele, who publishes an annual, statistic-laden college-football preview that's popular among bettors. "I have Georgia winning the SEC East."

It's a good read from Darren Everson, who's coincidentally become my favorite columnist who writes for the Journal. The guy's talking about gambling while writing for something like that? I know it happens all the time, but the ironic implications of such prose make me chuckle.

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