Sports Options: By the numbers

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing on the Sports Options odds service.

Big Total

In this week’s Big Total matchup, No. 24 Southern Mississippi visits No. 6 Houston in the CUSA title game at Robertson Stadium in Houston (Saturday, 9 a.m. PT, ABC).

The posted total in this game is 72 at most online sportsbooks listed in the Sports Options odds service.

The game opened at 70.5, and despite an increase of a couple of points, bettors still don’t think it’s enough. As of 4:30 p.m. PT on Friday, 90 percent of public betting action was on the over.

Why is the total so high? Both teams have prolific offenses. Led by standout quarterback Case Keenum, Houston (12-0) has the top offense in college football scoring 52.7 points per game (ppg). Keenum leads the nation is both yards (4,726) and touchdowns (43).

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have the No. 15 ranked offense scoring 36.9 ppg.

Both teams, however, will have to contend with solid defenses. The Golden Eagles are allowing 20.5 ppg and the Cougars are allowing 20.9 ppg, second and third respectively in the conference.

Houston is 7-5 on the over/under this season; Southern Miss is 5-7.

Little Total

In this week’s Little Total matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Chicago Bears (Sunday, 10 a.m. PT, CBS). The total in this tilt opened at 38.5, but has since dropped to 37 at many offshore sportsbooks.

The Chiefs (4-7) have the No. 29 scoring offense in the league (13.9 ppg). KC is without their No. 1 quarterback, Matt Cassel, who is out for season with a hand injury.

Backup Tyler Palko (47-for-72, 444yards, 0 TD, 6 INT) is expected to the get the start for the Chiefs, although newly-acquired QB Kyle Orton could get some playing time.

The Bears (7-4) have the No. 6 offense (26.2 ppg), however, they too are without their No. 1 QB, Jay Cutler, who is out with a thumb injury. Backup Caleb Hanie (18-for-36, 254 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) will get the start.

The public still sees this game falling below the total with 76 percent of the betting handle on the under as of 4:30 p.m. PT Friday.

Big Spread

In this week’s Big Spread matchup, 1-10 New Mexico visits 10-1 Boise State (3 p.m. PT). The No. 7 Broncos are listed as 48.5-point home favorites.

Boise State is scoring 43.1 ppg, most in the Mountain West conference, No. 6 in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, is scoring the fewest points in college football (13.1 ppg).

Despite the hefty point spread, the public still likes the Broncos to covers: 65 percent of the public money is on Boise State.

Big Move

In this week’s Big Move matchup, No. 14 Georgia takes on No. 1 LSU in the SEC title game at the Georgia Dome (1:00 p.m. PT, CBS).

The Tigers opened as 10-point favorites, however, over the course of the week, the line has widened to 13.5 points at most online books.

LSU is 12-0 (9-3 ATS) on the season, and pretty much seems invincible. The Bulldogs are 10-2 (8-4 ATS).

The 3.5-point line move has not been enough to pull the public away from the Tigers: 77 percent of the public action is on LSU.

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