You’d be hard-pressed to find a more fun section of the sports calendar than the one we’re in right now. Summer has given way to fall, which means we’ve got no shortage of action on the sports calendar. Football season is in full swing, while we’re just a couple of weeks away from the Major League Baseball postseason. The NBA and NHL schedules get underway next month. This weekend also features the highly-anticipated Ryder Cup showdown between Team USA and Team Europe.
BetOnline’s odds boosts for this weekend are football intensive, however. We have a full docket of college and NFL action on tap for the weekend, and BetOnline is giving bettors the chance to take a chance on a few unique futures betting opportunities.
Which odds boosts should get your attention this weekend?
NCAAF: Matt Corral to Win Heisman Trophy (+275)
We’re still very early in the 2021 college football season, which means labeling anyone as a Heisman Trophy favorite would probably be jumping the gun. That said, the field of candidates looks a little more wide-open than many expected.
Presumptive preseason favorite Spencer Rattler has gotten off to a ragged start for Oklahoma, which has already shaken up the betting odds. Rattler’s Heisman odds have already dipped all the way to +700 at BetOnline, which makes him the third favorite. Ole Miss QB Matt Corral has taken over as a +175 favorite, while Alabama’s Bryce Young checks-in at +350.
Because his odds are at +175, the boosted +275 odds on Corral to take home the hardware look pretty appealing. The junior has looked like a perfect fit in Lane Kiffin’s high-octane offense. Through three weeks, Corral has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. The Rebels have put 158 points on the board through three wins over Tulane, Austin Peay, and Louisville.
Ole Miss will get its first real test next week when they head to Tuscaloosa to take on Young and the Crimson Tide. If Corral can lead the Rebels to a win against the top-ranked team in the country, he’ll certainly cement his status as Heisman frontrunner.
NCAAF: Alabama or Georgia to Win NCAA Championship (+140)
Entering Week 4, a pair of SEC teams sit atop the AP rankings. Alabama, who survived a scare in the Swamp last week against Florida, has retained the top overall spot. Georgia are ranked second after a solid 3-0 start of their own.
As of now, both teams are heavy favorites to secure their spots in the College Football Playoff. Alabama has healthy -750 odds to grab a playoff position, while Georgia is listed at -320.
Alabama leads Florida at the half, thanks to 3 TD passes by Bryce Young.
Young is now the 2nd player in Alabama history to throw 10 TD passes through his first 3 career starts, joining Mac Jones. pic.twitter.com/9vwd1o4VKx
The Tide have the tougher schedule of the two teams over the course of the season. Bama will face Ole Miss in that aforementioned showdown in a couple of weeks in addition to games against Texas A&M, LSU, Arkansas, and Auburn before the season ends. Georgia gets both Arkansas and Florida at home in addition to a road date at Auburn.
Once again, these teams seem to be on an SEC Championship Game collision course. Losing that game has rarely hurt a team’s playoff chances in years past, especially if the losing side enters that game undefeated. I like Georgia’s chances of running the table against their cupcake of a schedule, while betting against Alabama to make the CFP is about as smart as betting against Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl.
Alabama is listed at +180 to win the title this season, while Georgia comes in at +260. Combining them at +140 odds looks pretty appealing long-term.
NFL: Kyler Murray to Win NFL MVP (+800)
Kyler Murray has wasted no time in getting himself into the NFL MVP conversation. It’s only been two games, but he’s done a little bit of everything in leading the Cardinals to a 2-0 start.
In back-to-back wins over the Titans and Vikings, the former Heisman winner has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 689 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also added a pair of rushing scores, though he has only run the ball a total of 10 times.
We know what kind of video game numbers Murray is capable of posting. Lamar Jackson won NFL MVP a couple of years ago as a two-way threat for the high-octane Baltimore offense. Murray is tasked with a similar role in Arizona. However, his MVP hopes may hinge on whether the Cardinals can make a push in the NFL’s best division.
Arizona Has No Shortage of Competition in the NFC West
The division’s four teams are a combined 7-1 through two games. As of now, Murray’s Cardinals still have the worst odds of any team (+450) to win the West. If Arizona can pull the upset and challenge the Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks at the top, his MVP case will only get stronger from here.
Murray’s actual MVP odds are listed at +750, so the boost to +800 is a slight one.
NFL: Ravens to Win AFC North (+175)
The Ravens were a relative disappointment last year following a 14-2 showing in 2019, but the AFC North is wide-open. The Steelers look primed to take a step back after an inauspicious start to the new campaign, while we know the Bengals are still a year or two away from contending for the postseason.
Pittsburgh may stay on the fringes of the race, but the division is likely to come down to Baltimore or Cleveland. The Browns are listed at +145 to top the division for the first time in franchise history, while the Ravens are currently even-money favorites.
Lamar Jackson just let Baltimore to a stirring comeback win over the Chiefs in Week 2 to even their record at 1-1. The Ravens face a very winnable game at Detroit in Week 3 before heading to Denver to take on the Broncos on October 3. Baltimore will only face one divisional opponent before taking on the Browns in a highly-anticipated Sunday night matchup just after Thanksgiving.
Injuries have already plagued this team early in the season, but there is no reason to believe the Ravens can’t keep up with the Browns over the course of the campaign. Baltimore is the more proven of the two teams, as well.
NFL: Chiefs to Win Super Bowl 56 (+650)
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a rare setback with a loss in Baltimore on Sunday, but a one-point defeat to a fellow AFC contender is hardly cause for panic in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes looks like his old self after struggling in the team’s loss to the Bucs in Super Bowl 55. As long as he can stay healthy, we know this team will be relevant in the race for another championship this season.
The AFC West has gotten better top-to-bottom, but it would still be a massive shock if anyone not named the Chiefs were to win this division. Of course, a tougher division makes it less likely that the Chiefs will breeze their way to the top seed in the conference, but does that really matter? Mahomes is 6-2 in the playoffs in his career, with one of those defeats coming in last year’s Super Bowl. The other was an overtime setback against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the 2019 AFC title game.
BetOnline currently has Kansas City listed at +525 to win the title this year. They’re tied with Tampa Bay for the best odds of any team. The boosted +650 odds add a little more upside.
What’s the Best Bet?
Frankly, you can make the argument for betting on every single one of this week’s odds boosts. My least favorite is probably Matt Corral to win the Heisman at +275. I think his odds have jumped a little too early in the season, especially considering Ole Miss has yet to play a quality opponent. Once the schedule gets more difficult, don’t be surprised if Corral’s Heisman odds start to slip. I don’t think the boosted +275 odds are a great value.
Kyler Murray’s +800 MVP odds are also tough to trust. Arizona still faces an uphill climb to win their own division, and the MVP race is loaded with quality candidates. If the season ended today, Tom Brady would probably be your winner. It’s early, so I think we can wait for Murray’s odds to inflate moving forward before jumping on board.
I came into the season buying into the Browns hype, and nothing I’ve seen through two games has dissuaded me. Cleveland gave the Chiefs a tough fight in Week 1 before breezing past the Texans in their second game. I’d rather take the Browns at +145 than the Ravens at +175 to win this division, though it’ll be a close race.
Kansas City was outmatched by Tampa Bay in Super Bowl 55, and the Bucs look primed to repeat again this year. The Chiefs are literally never a bad bet with Mahomes leading the way, but the Buccaneers look like the more well-rounded outfit. Given KC’s question marks on the defensive side of the ball, I think Tampa Bay makes for a better bet.
The best bet here is to bet on either Alabama or Georgia to win the national title at +140. These are very likely to be the two best teams in the nation as the season progresses. Alabama alone makes this a worthwhile wager at these odds, so getting Georgia as a fallback option is a fine bonus.
Alabama or Georgia to Win NCAA Championship (+140)
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...
The information found on Gamblingsites.org is for entertainment purposes only. It is a purely informational website that does not accept wagers of any kind. Although certain pages within Gamblingsites.org feature or promote other online websites where users are able to place wagers, we encourage all visitors to confirm the wagering and/or gambling regulations that are applicable in their local jurisdiction (as gambling laws may vary in different states, countries and provinces).
Gamblingsites.org uses affiliates links from some of the sportsbooks/casinos it promotes and reviews, and we may receive compensation from those particular sportsbooks/casinos in certain circumstances. Gamblingsites.org does not promote or endorse any form of wagering or gambling to users under the age of 18. If you believe you have a gambling problem, please visit BeGambleAware or GAMCARE for information and help.