NCAA Football Injuries, Lines and Trends

The NCAA football season starts in just a week and things are changing by the minute.

This week Ohio State received the bad news that Braxton Miller was lost for the season. Prior to him being hurt, sports books including Bovada and sportsbook.com were taking a great deal of action on the Buckeyes.

Ohio State had more bets to be the national championship than any other school on most books.

On a few books, such as betonline and topbet, Alabama was the only team with more money being wagered on it to win the national title.

However, when Miller became hurt, Ohio State went from a favorite in the top 10 to win the title with odds in the single digits to as high as 50 to 1.

One book did not lower them as much since the schedule for Ohio State is generally very weak.

Other injuries that have transpired will also have an effect on how teams play during the season.

Zac Brooks, the starting tailback for Clemson, who was the leading rusher that returned from last season hurt his foot and will not play the entire season.

Kansas did not lose one but two of its running backs. Taylor Cox and Brandon Bourbon are gone for the season.

Alex Koza an Auburn starting lineman on offense was lost for the season, while Carl Lawson a defensive end has an ACL injury and his return is unknown.

Mississippi State lost Damien Robinson a starting offensive lineman with an ACL injury.

Florida lost defensive tackle Thomas Holley. The freshman who was highly touted will miss the season with a labrum tear in his hip.

Duke’s Braxton Deaver the team’s starting tight end went down with an injury to his ACL. The team also lost Kelby Brown a starter at middle linebacker to an injured ACL. Jela Duncan the starter at running back was ruled academically ineligible for the season.

There have also been a number of big moves on lines since the lines were first released.

Oklahoma opened as a favorite by 14 points over TCU for their October 4 game. However, the Sooners are now laying just 7.5 points.

The Florida State Seminoles opened as a 24-point favorite over Notre Dame for their October 18 game. However, now the line is just 18.5.

Oregon saw its line shortened from 34 points to 28.5 as the favorite over Cal in an October 24 matchup.

Going the opposite way, the Baylor Bears opened as a 6-point favorite over Kansas State for their December 6 game, but are now going off as a favorite by 13 points.

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