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Leading Online Sportsbook Opens Wagering On BCS Championship Game
WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO (October 25, 2005)—The BCS Championship is still over two months away, but already college football fans and members of the media are anticipating a Rose Bowl match-up between the top two teams in the nation. While six teams remain undefeated, the general consensus is that USC and Texas, the top-ranked teams in the polls the entire season, will continue to run the table and meet for the national championship. Although both teams have a handful of games remaining on their schedules, today PinnacleSports.com became the first sportsbook in the world to offer a betting line on a potential Rose Bowl match-up between the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns.
The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com has calculated the point spread for the top-ranked teams meeting in the BCS Championship Game on January 4, 2006. Despite supplanting USC atop the BCS rankings this week after routing previously unbeaten Texas Tech, the odds makers at PinnacleSports.com have listed the Texas Longhorns as 5 ˝ point underdogs versus the two-time national champion Trojans in the Rose Bowl. When calculating the point spread on the potential Rose Bowl match-up, PinnacleSports.com cited USC’s experience in national championship games and expected home field advantage in Pasadena as giving the Trojans the edge over Texas.
“Every college football fan in America is already predicting a USC – Texas national championship game, so we wanted to give bettors the earliest opportunity to wager on the highly anticipated Rose Bowl game,” said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. “Although USC hasn’t looked particularly impressive in some of their wins this season, there is really no reason to doubt Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and the Trojans in a big game.”
In the event that either USC or Texas should falter down the stretch, PinnacleSports.com has also created betting lines on potential Rose Bowl match-ups between either of those two teams and the third-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. If Virginia Tech meets USC in the Rose Bowl, PinnacleSports.com lists the Trojans as 7 ˝ point favorites over the Hokies. Meanwhile, if USC loses one of its’ five remaining games and Texas meets the Hokies for the national championship, the Longhorns are 2 ˝ point favorites over Virginia Tech.
Current Odds: *All Odds Subject To Change*
Betting Lines On Potential Rose Bowl Match-ups
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USC -5.5 Texas
USC -7.5 Virginia Tech
Texas -2.5 Virginia Tech
For more information and a complete list of odds, please visit www.pinnaclesports.com.
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