This time last week, the Oregon Ducks were gaining momentum as a good bet to win the national title.
The Ducks are a 9.5-point favorite to win the Pac-12 Championship over the Washington Huskies, and many astute bettors believe Oregon State has a chance to take first place in the College Football Playoff if they win that contest. was.
The momentum is clear: According to Action Network, 71 percent of the money wagered on the Pac-12 championship game went to Oregon State, even though the Huskies are undefeated this season and have already defeated the Ducks. It is said that
So if the betting markets were so confident in the Ducks' legitimacy as a national title contender a week ago, why doesn't anyone seem to be talking about the team that beat them for the second time this season? Is it?
As of this writing, Washington is trailing Texas by 4.5 points and +800 points to win the national championship at BetMGM Sportsbook.
There is a look ahead line for the title game, with the Huskies expected to be a 6-point underdog against Alabama and a 6.5-point underdog against Michigan.
This isn't an argument about Washington being the best team remaining in the national championship race, but rather an attempt to figure out why the Huskies aren't gaining momentum.
As a bettor, it's never a bad thing when your favorite team doesn't get the attention, but it's helpful to consider why.
This is especially confusing because Washington checks off many of the boxes you want in a playoff team.
They have the best quarterback on the field in Michael Penix Jr., game-breaking skill position players in RB Dillon Johnson and WR Roma Odunze, and one of the best coaches in the country in Karen DeBoer.
Perhaps another reason Washington doesn't have a lot of support is that, at least for now, he just played the darling of one bet and now he's looking to make another.
The entire college football world has been waiting 14 years for Texas to return to title contention, but now that the Longhorns are back in earnest, there will be plenty of punters who want to be along for the ride. .
Also, bettors may not see a Pac-12 team win the national championship at all.
The conference has sent only three teams to the College Football Playoff in the conference's 10-year history, and not one since the Huskies' 24-7 victory over Alabama in 2017. Not yet.
But the strange thing is, if Oregon State had advanced, they would have had the same baggage, and everyone seemed to be on board with the Ducks until kickoff last week against Washington.
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This year's College Football Playoff has a lot of potential, as there are no dominant teams in the field.
That's why many anglers thought Oregon was a valuable gate-busting destination.
But for some reason, the undefeated team that beat Oregon twice doesn't get the same kind of support.
For some reason, bettors don't seem to like the Huskies.
Use it to support Karen DeBoer's team and win the trophy with +800.