Let’s take an early look at CFB games this weekend that pop out as potential trap games. This list is just an early look. I will post articles for each of these games with a more in depth preview and my pick later in the week
Cincinnati (-4) at Indiana
Indiana gets another chance against a top 25 opponent as the Cincinnati Bearcats come to town. Indiana opened the season ranked number 18 and quickly dropped out to the top 25 as they were trounced by Iowa. Bookmakers haven’t given up on the Hoosiers just yet. Cincinnati opened as only 1.5 – 3 point favorites across all books and the public has jumped all over it. 85% of bets placed have come in on Cincinnati and the line currently sits at -4. This line is one to keep an eye on as a potential trap game heading into Saturday.
Virginia Tech at West Virginia (-3)
Anytime you get a top 25 ranked team as underdogs on the road, you should be cautious of a trap game. The public is gonna jump all over the 2-0 Hokies as road dogs. West Virginia is 1-1 on the year with a 6 point loss against Maryland. What do bookmakers see in West Virginia to put them as 3 point favorites? Are they handing out free money? I doubt it. This is definitely a line to keep an eye on this Saturday.
Virginia at UNC(-9)
UNC entered the season ranked 10th before losing to VTech. UNC is currently ranked 21st. Virginia remains unranked, but has been very impressive in their first 2 games of the season. Virginia beat William and Mary by 43, and the Illini by 28. The public has jumped on Virginia as 75+% of the bets have come in on them. Why aren’t bookmakers respecting Virginia like the public is? Do bookmakers think the Cavaliers have had cupcake matchups? Public dogs are always lines to be cautious of. These are things that must be taken into consideration before Saturday.