After a sharp play from a bettor who allegedly knows the status of quarterback Cam Newton, Las Vegas has pulled the odds for Georgia-Auburn game off the board.
Newton has had a whirlwind of a season in 2010. His Auburn Tigers are currently No. 2 behind Oregon in the BCS standings and he appears to be a shoe-in for the Heisman Trophy.
But a week ago a report surfaced that a player agent told Mississippi State that it would take a large sum of money to get Newton to sign his Letter of Intent to play in Starkville after transferring from a junior college. Both he and his father have denied the allegations (either directly or indirectly) but more details keep coming out.
Earlier this week, Newton was accused of three instances of academic cheating while he attended Florida. On Wednesday, it was reported that he and his father had separate phone conversations with recruiters at Mississippi State admitting that the program would have to pony up in order to get Cam to play for them.
Granted, there is no hard evidence to suggest that Newton actually did anything wrong but the NCAA is investigating the situation. It seems unlikely that he would be suspended this week, but if he does the line in the Georgia-Auburn game would obviously drop significantly.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com set the opening line for the Georgia-Auburn game at 8.5. If Newton doesn’t play, the line could drop all the way down to Auburn –3.
We’ll see what happens over the course of the next couple of days.