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July 12, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Ducks 10-and-a-half point favorites over UW

After reading in the LA Times USC blog the other day that the Golden Nugget sports book in Las Vegas had already set a couple of lines for Trojans games this fall, I decided to see if they had any for UW games.
None are officially posted yet —- the casino has opened for betting only games it thinks will get an exceptional amount of play this season. But Tony Miller, who is the director of the sports book there, told me that a line has been set for the UW-Oregon game, just not posted yet. The line, he said, will open with Oregon a 10-and-a-half point favorite over the Huskies.
In explaining the line, Miller said he thinks the Huskies have a chance to be a better team this season, but that he expects Oregon, despite the fact that it has to find a new QB, “to still be one of the best teams in the Pac-10 this year after USC.”
In fact, Miller said he thinks the line will prove to be a little conservative, saying it won’t surprise him if bettors move the line even more in Oregon’s favor.
“On the opening weekend, people tend to bet on the favorites, especially those playing at home,” he said.
One thing to remember is that the lines are set to entice an equal amount of action on each team — that’s the one way the sports books know they will win since they keep the five percent vigorish, or handling fee, no matter what.
Since I was calling from Washington, Miller volunteered a line on WSU’s opener, as well, saying that Okahoma State will be a six-point favorite over the Cougars in a game that will be played at Qwest Field a few hours before UW’s game in Eugene on Aug. 30.
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