Being a bookmaker ain't easy. "At this time of year," says Lucky's boss Jimmy Vaccaro, "everything kind of starts to look like a snow white screen, [with] all the numbers coming together."
The good news for Jimmy is that, no matter what kind of lines he posts on some games, wise guys are trending in certain directions. "TCU and Boise are easy because 85 percent of the time wise guys are going with them early, even on higher numbers," says Jimmy. "Could be because they like the number where it is. Could be because they know it will go even higher later in the week and this will be a good buy."
Another trend that's handy: blind handicapping. With the season 10 weeks old, bettors have teams they believe in and teams they don't; they see teams with a chance at bowl games and teams whose seasons are over. No matter the spread for games with those squads, they'll be playing their personal biases, not the number.
"Honestly, you won't get carted out betting the towel tossers," says Jimmy. "Not at this point in the season."
Luckily, you don't have to go blind. We've got some thoughts on this weekend's biggest moves below.
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