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This Week's Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25

All those people complaining about Clemson's low ranking last week? Vegas is listening. Vegas loves you. The Tigers soared from 25th to 17th. Vegas will also comp you to the buffet, if you post enough comments below. In the grand tradition of Vegas, it is slow to discard its favorites (BYU, Florida State, Georgia Tech, UCLA).

Biggest frauds, according to Vegas: Kentucky and Hawaii are ranked seven spots too high by the AP. South Florida and Alabama are ranked five spots too high.

Biggest sleepers, according to Vegas: Florida State is ranked 10 spots too low by the AP. Arizona State is ranked eight spots too low. Penn State and UCLA are ranked seven spots too low. Purdue is ranked six spots too low. BYU and Georgia Tech should not be ignored.

Vegas looked smart when: Louisville--Vegas's most overhyped team last week--lost at home to Syracuse. Texas A&M--Vegas's third-most overhyped team last week--got crushed at Miami. UCLA rebounded nicely with a comfortable win over Washington, as Vegas expected.

Vegas looked dumb when: Clemson--Vegas's second-most overhyped team last week--won in a rout on the road. Kentucky, which Vegas said was overvalued, won at Arkansas, which Vegas said was undervalued. Georgia Tech, another team Vegas said was undervalued, lost at Virginia (gack).

Games to watch: West Virginia at South Florida; Vegas likes WVU more than the AP, and likes South Florida less. Cal is at Oregon; the AP has Cal ranked higher, and Vegas has Oregon ranked higher. Clemson is at Georgia Tech; we all know how Vegas feels about Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Numbers after the jump. AP rankings in parentheses.

1. Southern Cal (1)
2. LSU (2)
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. West Virginia (5)
5. Florida (4)
6. Ohio State (8)
7. Texas (7)
8. Oregon (11)
9. California (6)
10. Wisconsin (9)
11. South Carolina (16)
12. Boston College (12)
13. Rutgers (10)
14. Penn State (21)
15t. Arizona State (23)
15t. Missouri (20)
17. Clemson (13)
18. Virginia Tech (17)
19. Georgia (15)
20. Purdue (26)
21. Kentucky (14)
22. UCLA (29)
23. South Florida (18)
24. Florida State (34)
25. Nebraska (25)
26. Hawaii (19)
27. Alabama (22)
28. Brigham Young (--)
29. Michigan (30t)
30. Georgia Tech (--)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2007; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  College Football  
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Denim, Denim, Denim

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | September 24, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

If there is one group more clueless of college football than national college football experts it is Vegas.

Posted by: sitruc | September 24, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Right sitruc. That's why I'm sure you're taking them for millions every year, while they're going broke....

Nice to see my Gamecocks still doing well.

Posted by: Kyle | September 25, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Cal and Oregon? Please! They are basing Cal on the UT win? Very impressive.....and done by everybody else UT has played. Lets get the West Coast their own poll to keep them happy and stop clogging the real poll's up!

As for South Car, I guess this was done prior to them naming a R Fr as their starter and their top defensive player out for the season? There are a lot more than just 10 teams better than those guys. They lose at least 3 more games this season and only one of those is ranked above them now.

Posted by: Roscoe P | September 26, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

In VEGAS we set the lines and it is adhered to all over the world - it isn't all who wins and who loses. We could care less,betting & point spread is all. If Cleveland wins or loses isnt important, as long as we get half the money on the favorite and half on the dog. This guarantees us a profit as we dont double the juice you have to lay to bet. Inother words Skins a 7 point fav over Detroit for example. Better from DC bets 220 to win 200. We move it to 4, better from Detroit flies in and bets 220 for 200. The take is 440 the payout is only 420. We got a 5 % profit and if you consdier there are 100s of millions bet on eevery game that makes it nice. After the wise guy moves though the books only averageabout a 2-3 % profit overall here.

We do have more information flow through this place every day than you can possibly imagine. Sometimes when there isn't a lot of action on a game - it is a sure tipoff someone knows somehting. In other words, every game gets action. When the betting public doesn't have an opinion and nothing moves here, I waite and see and lots of times there is a huge move a day before a game and sometimes it doesnt happen untill the day of the game- but when it does rest assured it is something strong. For instance the San Diego Padres were like 78 % loseres on Wednesdays at home this year. They got pounded all year on it and got to the point where you had to lay 300 to win 100 on it. One wednesday it was a even money line- and of course the Padres bucked the trend. Tehre wasa huge move on the Padres all over town though that happened 2 hours before the game!

Vegas Winners -

Posted by: | September 28, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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