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The Vegas boys put USC as a 12.5 favorite over Notre Dame October 15th


I'm unsure how the wind blows on this. Usually you set odds high to get betting on the other side of the board.

I was going into today thinking anything under -21 means something is up somewhere favorably. (Personal opinion here.)

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All on USC's head Vegas took a beating when USC faild to cover the 37.6 spread they gave Arizona. :D Just soooooooo interesting.

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Wise guys???????? or Weis guys?????




Columnist Jeff Haney: The excitement is back

Why USC/Notre Dame means something again

Jeff Haney can be reached at 259-4041 or haney@lasvegassun.com.







Of the dozens of college football games on the betting board for Saturday, none will attract as much money from gamblers as the clash between Notre Dame and Southern Cal.


"It's going to be electric," said Micah Roberts, Palace Station's sports book director. "You have a built-in rivalry that has been decades in the making."


Saturday's encounter, the 77th between the schools, carries more weight than in recent years because both teams are national powers.


The No. 1 Trojans (5-0) have been ranked atop 25 consecutive Associated Press polls. The Irish lost to Michigan State on Sept. 17, but with a record of 4-1 they stand at No. 9 in the rankings.


"The rivalry kind of slumped for a few years, but now you've got them both in the top 10," Roberts said. "Plus you have the drama of seeing what (first-year Notre Dame coach) Charlie Weis' pro-style offense can do against the team everyone has as the best in college football."


The game has generated a distinct betting pattern, Roberts said. Professional gamblers, or "wise guys," wagered heavily on home underdog Notre Dame early in the week, but most of the smaller betting tickets have been on USC.


The Trojans are holding steady as an 11 1/2-point favorite at all Station Casinos properties, but are favored by 12 points at some sports books.


"If anything I expect more USC money to come in as people arrive from Southern California for the weekend," Roberts said.


The Trojans have treated their backers well at the betting windows, covering the point spread eight times in 13 games last season and in three of five this year.


They failed to cover the spread in their most recent two games, beating Arizona State by 10 as a 17-point favorite and then beating Arizona by 21 as a 39-point favorite.


Las Vegas sports handicapper Patrick Bartucci, who specializes in the Pac-10, thinks laying the points with the Trojans is the right move this week.


"It could be another game that's close the whole time until SC turns it up in the fourth quarter and gets the cover," Bartucci said.


The 11 1/2-point spread is the smallest margin the Trojans have been favored by in a regular-season game since last Oct. 16, when they easily covered a 10 1/2-point spread against Arizona State. In the Orange Bowl in January, USC closed a 1-point favorite before trouncing Oklahoma 55-19.


"It's the first time this season the line on SC isn't too out of whack," Bartucci, online at patricksfreepress.com, said.

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