The SEC championship game was no exception for sports betting enthusiasts. Sports betting handicappers had an excellent choice between number one ranked Alabama and the number four ranked Florida Gators. Ironically enough Florida was the online sports betting favorite as a 10 point chalk.
For value oriented college football handicappers the immediate question was why would Alabama be a 10-point sports betting underdog when they were an undefeated number one ranked team. This, of course, as many veteran gamblers knew, led to the sports betting term known as a “trap”.
When a sports betting question seems obvious, it usually is and there are deeper reasons that a smart handicapper will look into. There was a legitimate sports betting reason why Florida was a 10 point chalk in this epic matchup. The first sports betting factor to consider was that Florida and Alabama had not met in a long time.
Florida suffered an unexpected online sports betting loss to Mississippi earlier in the season 30-31 as 23 point home chalks. It is important to note that the Gators never lost another game against the spread after that defeat.
The Gators had phenomenal sports betting momentum heading into the SEC title game and were blowing teams out for “style” points to climb the BCS rankings. Not that Alabama was a sports betting slouch as they were 9-3 against the spread heading into this one.
Both teams had top ten ranked defenses on the national charts. The ultimate sports betting difference between the teams was offense as Alabama’s was ranked 56th while Florida’s was ranked 17th.
Beyond that there was the sports betting intangible of Florida having more big game championship experience and a quarterback that had been an important member of their 2006 national title team. Alabama was still young and in just their second season under head coach Nick Saban.
Alabama ended up losing to Florida 20-31 as the Gators got the cash for those willing to make a gutsy lay to prove that success at handicapping takes more than a first glance.
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