The day is here. Ohio State football will be back at 8 p.m., as the Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. While this is just Week 1, it’s the start of the journey for the national championship.
Bovada, a sports book, released some of the stats behind where the money was being placed heading into the 2017 season. As of Wednesday, Ohio State commanded 11 percent of odds money centered around them winning the CFP Championship. Alabama leads the pack with 30 percent, and USC comes in with the third highest at eight percent.
On the Heisman race, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley leads the percent of money bets with 13 percent. Behind him is USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who has picked up 12 percent of the money bets. In third, OSU QB J.T. Barrett with 9 percent.
Ohio State isn’t the only Big Ten team that has drawn the eyes of gamblers. Five percent of the money bets have Michigan winning the whole enchilada. However, the Wolverines lead the pack with the most bets calling for them to hit the under on their projected win total for the season—which is set at nine wins. Interesting enough, Alabama is second behind Michigan with the heaviest bets having them achieve the under in wins for the season; for the Crimson Tide, their projected win total is placed at 10.5 games.
On Saturday, the Wolverines and Crimson Tide have marquee matchups. Michigan tackles Florida at 3:30 p.m., and Alabama takes on Florida State at 8 p.m.