Sports Betting By The Numbers: July 26th, 2011

July 26th, 2011- By Bryan Cross

32- There will be football this season after all, as the players and owners reached a new collective bargaining agreement that ended the lockout on Monday afternoon. It was the longest work-stoppage in the history over the league, lasting over four months. But now, beginning this week teams will be able to sign rookies, make trades and eventually sign free agents in the coming days and weeks. While the Hall-of-Fame game was canceled, the rest of the preseason will go off as scheduled. That will be begin on Aug. 11, with the regular season beginning on Thursday, Sept. 8 when the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints meet. Oddsmakers continue to get in on the action for the upcoming season, fielding Super Bowl XLVI Betting Odds. As the season draws closer and the teams begin to move their free agents, more betting lines will be formulated relating to conference, division and other prop betting lines.

9/5 – The Southeastern Conference has won the last five BCS National Championships and overtaken the national landscape on the college football scene. And entering this season, the SEC is once again at the forefront of the talk surrounding the preseason national championship favorites. On BCS Championship Futures Odds at Bodog Sportsbook three teams in the SEC rank in the top-seven to win the title. And while it’s the Oklahoma Sooners out of the Big XII which lead the overall odds to win, Alabama, Florida and LSU are all on online sportsbooks radars as championship contenders prior to the start of the season. It’s the Crimson Tide that lead the odds to capture the SEC this season, going off at 9/5. And the last five seasons the winner of the SEC has gone on to a berth in the BCS Championship
game and eventually won the national title.

6/1 – The Sprint Cup Series moves to Brickyard this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of the biggest races of the season. At the forefront of the list to win is Jimmie Johnson, going off at 6/1 on NASCAR Betting Lines at Bodog Sportsbook. Johnson is just ahead of Carl Edwards, who has been set at 7/1. The Brickyard 400 will take place on Sunday, July 31 beginning at 1 pm ET.

11/2- With the NFL lockout now over, more and more betting lines for the upcoming season will continue to be formulated. One such line that online sportsbooks are now fielding are the Odds To Win 2011 NFL MVP. And at the top of the list is Green Bay quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, who is going off at 11/2 on Bodog Sportsbook. Rodgers leads a string of quarterbacks just behind him, that include Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.


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