Thanksgiving is over. The tryptophan has worn off. Preparations for the Christmas season have begun. Though let us not forget entirely about this recent turkey day weekend especially when it comes to the sporting slate that took place.
The highest-scoring game in college football history took place in College Station, where Texas A&M outlasted visiting LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes.
That came a few days after then-No. 3 Gonzaga dispatched top-ranked Duke in college basketball’s Maui Invitational championship.
Then, of course, a heaping helping of NFL action filled our plates on Thanksgiving Day, followed by Ohio State dismantling Michigan 62-39 in one of college football’s best rivalries, The Game.
The week that was at FanDuel Sportsbook
Despite three games on Thursday, including a primetime viewing of the Super Bowl-contending New Orleans Saints, FanDuel’s top NFL action once again came during Sunday Night Football.
In that game, featuring NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, FanDuel took in the largest handle of the week.
That said, customers of the sportsbook certainly gave thanks on Thanksgiving. The favored Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Saints all covered their respective spreads. FanDuel also took a heavy loss in three Sunday games, as the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens all covered.
As for NFL action that went well for FanDuel, the 3-point underdog Buffalo Bills winning over the Jacksonville Jaguars stood out, as did the Denver Broncos, also 3-point dogs, winning against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Analysis: LSU-Texas A&M
Seven overtimes. More than 1,000-yards combined. A whopping 146 points. Premature celebrations and postgame brouhahas.
The No. 7 LSU-No. 22 Texas A&M showdown had it all, with the host Aggies picking up the win.
Per FanDuel, the in-play market was “exceptionally volatile.” Texas A&M opened the game as -150 favorites, then ranged from -975 to +710 throughout the game.
On the flip side, LSU, entering as a +130 underdog, traded as short as -1100 before falling in the seventh overtime.
Analysis: Best bet
All it took for one bettor to bank a four-figure payday was a $2 NBA parlay.
True odds for the wager, according to FanDuel, sit around 701.5/1 for a payout. One bettor liked those odds enough to make a go of it.
With the Denver Nuggets beating the Oklahoma City Thunder and five other teams winning the first half of their respective matchups (Spurs over Bucks, Bulls over Timberwolves, Cavaliers over Rockets, Kings over Warriors, and Mavericks over Celtics), a $2 parlay turned into a $1,118.57 reward.
What the future holds
After recording a 14-point win over the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans now sit as the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
The top contenders, according to FanDuel, go as follows:
- New Orleans Saints +270
- Los Angeles Rams +380
- Kansas City Chiefs +500
- New England Patriots +500
As for college football, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa sits as a commanding favorite for the Heisman Trophy. Behind the Crimson Tide signal-caller (with -750 odds) sits the following:
- Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray (+750)
- West Virginia QB Will Grief (+2200)
- Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins (+3600)
Alabama remains the front-runner, at -280, to win the national championship, followed by Clemson at +400. Notre Dame (+1400), George (+1800), Ohio State (+2900) and Oklahoma (+3600) follow.
Interestingly, despite being undefeated, UCF, who lost its QB to a gruesome injury, sits at +25000 to win the title.
Other futures of interest include the men’s college basketball championship, as Duke (+250) remains the favorite ahead of Gonzaga (+1100) as well as Kansas and Nevada (both at +1200).
The Golden State Warriors, despite the franchise’s worst start to a season under coach Steve Kerr, stand at -160 to win the NBA championship. Next in line are the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, both listed at +750.
Finally, in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs have dropped to +500 favorites to win the Stanley Cup, down from +850 at the start of the season. Similarly, the Nashville Predators now sit at +600 after opening the year at +1100.