BCS Championship Game loaded with prop bets

By: Joe Freda | Friday, January 7, 2011

Monday’s BCS Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks has an array of proposition wagers available, letting bettors have a menu of chances outside of the standard pointspread and ‘total.’  Professional and recreational gamblers alike can sometimes find value in props, making a contest more exciting and profitable.

Sports books expect a high-scoring affair, which is apparent in the matchup’s sizable ‘total’ of 74 being set.  Related props exist, focusing on how points will be notched by each squad.

The first score of the game being a touchdown is a minus 400 choice among propositions, while a field goal or safety stands at a price of plus 300.  Oregon is presently ranked as the nation’s top squad for yards (542.1 YPG) and scoring (49.3 PPG), while Auburn closely follows the Ducks (498.8 YPG, 42.7 PPG).

Cam NewtonBoth foes had their share of lighting up the scoreboard this year, but it can be best to take a closer look at when the most explosiveness occurred.  Auburn notched a stellar 55.3 PPG in three of its non-conference home matchups against Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Chattanooga (Div. II), clearly driving its scoring stats northward.  Oregon began its season with 72-0 and 69-0 home spankings in two of its first three games against New Mexico and Portland State, respectively, which surely can be considered outliers.

A prop for the longest touchdown scored presently has a ‘total’ of 64 ½ yards, with minus 115 pricing for the ‘over’ or ‘under.’

The Ducks saw some sizable scoring plays both for and against their squad just two games ago, when hosting the Arizona Wildcats in a Nov. 26 battle.  Oregon’s defense gave up an 85-yard pass to Arizona’s Juron Criner in the first quarter, while Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff dashed the same distance for a touchdown during the second half.

Auburn’s matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide as part of the same week’s college football slate similarly saw the Tigers log a large scoring strike, while also allowing one.  Alabama’s Greg McElroy fired an early 68-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones, while Tigers quarterback Cam Newton later tossed a 70-yard score to Terrell Zachery.

Newton is an underdog against Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas in a prop focusing on which signal caller will have the most passing yards.  Thomas is favored by 10 ½ yards, which could be an overlay given Newton’s ability to move the ball as a multi-dimensional rusher.

Oddsmakers have posted a prop for Newton’s rushing yards, setting his ‘total’ at 95 ½.  The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner has logged 87.6 YPG on the ground in Auburn’s last three contests.

Newton and Thomas have also been listed in ‘total’ props for the number of pass completions each will notch, with the numbers posted at 15 ½ and 16 ½, respectively.  The last five games for each quarterback have seen Newton connect for 15 CPG, while Thomas has averaged 17.2 CPG.

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