When a team loses nine consecutive times to another like the Mississippi Rebels have against the Alabama Crimson Tide, it rarely gets support from public bettors, but for today’s matchup between the two teams that is not the case.
The Rebels ranked No. 21 in the nation and undefeated have been bet down as road underdogs to 14.5 points.
On many of the online sportsbooks, the line opened with Alabama as a favorite last Sunday by 18 points. However, sharp money from the start thought that line to be too high, and surprisingly following along with sharp money this week was the public.
Sharp bets most always are understandable due to looking out for value, and especially against teams such as Alabama, which often lays a couple of points more than it should. Odd makers inflate the spread to offset the appeal by the public for the team.
However, for this game, some books online such as betonline, sportsbook.com, Bovada and topbet are saying that the Ole Miss Rebels are attracting nearly equal action on public play in ticket counts and money and more money going on straight bets.
One sports book operator said that wise money put on the Rebels had lowered the line from 17 to 14.5.
It does not happen often when an underdog is supported by the public. They could be just following along and hopping to jump aboard the Rebels bandwagon or have reached a point where they are tired of always losing on the Crimson Tide at home.
Over their past 8 home games, the Tide has covered twice. However, the Rebels have covered in six out of eight head-to-head games versus Alabama.
One other reason many of the small money bettors are taking Ole Miss is they finally saw a team give it to Alabama. Texas A&M might have lost against the Crimson Tide two weeks ago by a touchdown, but the number was covered.
Not only that, but the Aggies accomplished something that has not been seen in college football of late, they made the defense for Alabama look beatable by scoring 42 points.
This weekend will most likely end the way it began, with Alabama undefeated and ranked No. 1. However, for those laying money on the spread, Mississippi and 14.5 is as good a bet as any.