Manziel back, A&M odds change
COLLEGE STATION, TX (The Spread) – Following the half-game suspension of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, oddsmakers have released updated odds for the Aggies to win the SEC conference in 2013-14.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Alabama remains favored to win the SEC conference in 2013-14 at 1/1 odds, while Georgia and Texas A&M have the next-best odds at 7/2. South Carolina is 11/2, while Florida is 10/1 and LSU is 12/1 to win the conference.
Continuing with the odds, Ole Miss is 25/1, while Tennessee and Vanderbilt are 50/1, respectively. Missouri is 66/1 after a rough welcome to the SEC last year, while Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State are 75/1, respectively. Kentucky, meanwhile, has the longest odds at 100/1.
Earlier this week ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said that the NCAA acknowledged that Manziel did not accept money in return for autographs, but the quarterback was still suspended for half a game in Week 1 versus Rice. The suspension reportedly relates to NCAA by-law 18.104.22.168, which involves the “use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture without Knowledge or Permission.”
“Thankfully things are more back to normal when it comes to College Football now that Manziel will be playing this season, says Sports Book Manager Kevin Bradley of Bovada.lv. “It makes my life a bit easier as we are now able to offer as much as we can regarding him and the Aggies.”
“ Texas A&M’s odds, which were as high as 18/1 following the news that he was being investigated, have now fallen back into place at 10/1 and have pushed Alabama back to 11/4 from 5/2. Manziel’s Heisman odds have also seen a drop-off from 12/1 earlier this week to 7/1 currently. Interestingly, there is not as much money coming in on him as there was months ago when he was a clear favorite at 9/2. I guess the love and hype surrounding him on the football field is not as powerful as it once was and has had an effect on how bettors are betting on this award.”
Meanwhile, Alabama is a 1/2 favorite to win the SEC conference in 2013-14 while Texas A&M is 3/1 and LSU is 11/2. Ole Miss is 10/1, while Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State are 33/1, respectively. The Aggies also have an over/under of 9 for number of total wins this season.