There are still about three months before college football season begins in earnest. There are certainly some overeager people ready to start betting on the games even at this point. And a few bookmakers have released early lines for Week 1 games in addition to season-long prop bets.
The season-opening game between South Carolina and Vanderbilt opened at -4 in South Carolina’s favor according to South Point casino in Las Vegas. Within a week though, the line had swung to Vanderbilt being favored by 2.5 points.
That kind of crazy line movement gets people’s attention, even this early in the season cycle.
There is a simple reason why the line moved so much, though. The bookmaker was said to have messed up.
“I talked to the bookmaker out there, and he said basically: ‘I just think I blew the line,'” said sports gaming writer David Purdum of ESPN Chalk to Josh Kendall of The State. “People think Vanderbilt is going to be improved. South Carolina, nobody knows what’s going to happen. He said, ‘I just blew it.’ It’s not that unusual early in the season to have a big line move. I think right now it’s closer to the right number.”
Even bookmakers make mistakes and have to adjust. Especially this early in the offseason before training camps have even opened, it is probably a bit too early to put a number on the game.