NCAA Football week 8, UFC 254 odds report

Whether it’s two conferences playing their first football games of the season or one of the biggest fights of the year, there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend in sports. Here are William Hill’s latest odds and information.

Week 8 of the college football season welcomes two conferences back into the fold, as the Big Ten and Mountain West are making their season debuts. The college football schedule continues to grow with each passing week, as will the sport’s betting handle at William Hill.

“We had a small isolated group of games on Saturday, so all the big games were bet really heavily,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading at William Hill. “Now people will have the chance to spread their money out more. But it’s good to have the Big Ten along with the Mountain West back this weekend.”

William Hill has odds up for seven Big Ten games and five Mountain West games, with the former highlighted by one of the most important showdowns this weekend between two ranked foes.

“Michigan-Minnesota out of the block is enormous,” said Bogdanovich. “That’ll be a monster game, and I think it’ll be the most bet of any Big Ten game this week. The line is right around a field goal so it’s a more competitive game and it’s a later game too. P.J. Fleck had done a miraculous job as the Minnesota head coach so far, but are they at the Michigan level with that quality of athlete and recruiting? Michigan was -2 and now it’s up to 3, so somebody’s betting Michigan early on.”

Besides No. 18 Michigan (-3) vs. No. 21 Minnesota, the other top-25 matchups on the docket are No. 23 North Carolina State vs. No. 14 North Carolina (-15.5) and No. 17 Iowa State vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (-3.5).

There isn’t a bigger spread in the opening weekend of Big Ten play than Nebraska vs. No. 5 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 26.5-point favorites over the Cornhuskers, and the current total of 67.5 is also the highest of any Big Ten game this week. Nationally, that spread is dwarfed by Syracuse vs. No. 1 Clemson, where the Tigers are massive 46.5-point favorites.

A few Week 8 games have already seen noticeable line movement and sizable early wagers.

Two spreads have shifted by two points already: Arkansas State vs. Appalachian State (-11 to -13) and No. 19 Virginia Tech (-7.5 to -9.5) vs. Wake Forest.

Additionally, six different sides have attracted a $5,500 bet at William Hill, which is tied for the largest of any Week 8 game thus far. They are Louisiana Lafayette (+2.5) vs. UAB, Georgia Tech (+4) vs. Boston College, Syracuse vs. No. 1 Clemson (-45.5), South Carolina vs. LSU (-6.5), Air Force (-6.5) vs. San Jose State and Illinois vs. No. 14 Wisconsin (-19).

Check out William Hill’s Week 8 college football odds for every game involving a top-25 team below.

WILLIAM HILL SPORTSBOOK
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10 WEEK 8 ODDS
  SPREAD TOTAL
SYRACUSE VS CLEMSON CLEM -46.5 O/U 61.5
ALABAMA VS TENNESSEE ALA -21 O/U 66
NOTRE DAME VS PITTSBURGH ND -10.5 O/U 43.5
NEBRASKA VS OHIO STATE OSU -26.5 O/U 67.5
IOWA STATE VS OKLAHOMA STATE OKST -3.5 O/U 52
PENN STATE VS INDIANA PSU -6.5 O/U 59
CINCINNATI VS SMU SMU -2.5 O/U 56.5

 

WILLIAM HILL SPORTSBOOK
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25 WEEK 8 ODDS
  TOTAL TOTAL
VIRGINIA VS MIAMI MIA -12 O/U 58
TEXAS STATE VS BYU BYU -29 O/U 61
NC STATE VS NORTH CAROLINA INC -15.5 O/U 61
ILLINOIS VS WISCONSIN WIS -20 O/U 51.5
MICHIGAN VS MINNESOTA MICH -3 O/U 55
VIRGINIA TECH VS WAKE FOREST VT -9.5 O/U 68.5
KANSAS VS KANSAS STATE KSU -20 O/U 48.5
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS MARSHALL MRSH -17 O/U 51
GA SOUTHERN VS COASTAL CAROLINA CCAR -6 O/U 52

UFC 254 Odds: All 12 Bouts Up, Including Khabib-Gaethje

At long last, one of the biggest fights of the year is set to take place this weekend.

William Hill has odds up for all 12 fights for Saturday’s UFC 254 from Fight Island, with none bigger than the lightweight title bout between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje.

Nurmagomedov is currently a -340 favorite at William Hill, with Gaethje priced at +280. The UFC stars opened at -260 and +220 respectively when William Hill first released odds for this fight back on August 14. The total is now at 4.5, with the under favored at -175 and the over at +155.

Nurmagomedov enters with an extraordinary 28-0 record, and was first awarded the lightweight champion belt after defeating Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision in April 2018. Since then, Nurmagomedov has won via submission over Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, though this will be his first fight of 2020.

“I guess Khabib is considered the best there is in UFC right now and he does attract big handles for his fights,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “Obviously McGregor is the one who’s the biggest by far drawing money to their fights. A lot might have to do with the fact that Khabib’s always a huge favorite, and that really repels action. This fight should be great, and I do anticipate an incredible handle even though it’s on a Saturday with a ton of college football.”

Gaethje is 22-2 and has won his last four fights, with the most recent victory coming against Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship in April 2020. On Saturday, he’ll enter the Octagon for his biggest showdown yet in this unification bout.

“I would imagine we’ll end up needing the favorite in this fight,” Bogdanovich said. “Any time you get a super live dog in this price range, so many $100 or $1,000 bets will end up on Gaethje like it did on [Teofimo] Lopez in the fight last week [against Vasiliy Lomanchenko in boxing]. There’s also a lot of factors working against Khabib: the layoff, no fans, the death of his father, no rust. That’s why I have a feeling there will be plenty of dog money, Gaethje’s been more active and he’s a good fighter getting a good price.”

Early on, William Hill bettors are split about who will come out on top on Saturday. Gaethe has the edge in total number of tickets at 67%, however Nurmagomedov is leading in total dollars wagered at 72%.

That is highlighted by one Nevada bettor placing $79,500 on Nurmagomedov -265 for a total potential payout of $109,500, which is the largest UFC 254 bet taken thus far at William Hill. The largest wager on the underdog came from another Nevada bettor who put down $50,000 on Gaethje +240 for a total potential payout of $170,000.

Check out William Hill’s current odds for every UFC 254 fight below.

WILLIAM HILL SPORTSBOOK
UFC 254
MAIN CARD ODDS
  ODDS
JUSTIN GAETHJE +280
VS KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV -340
ROBERT WHITTAKER -105
VS JARED CANNONIER -115
WALT HARRIS +160
VS ALEXANDER VOLKOV -180
JACOB MALKOUN +220
VS PHIL HAWES -260
LILIYA SHAKIROVA +195
VS LAUREN MURPHY -230
ION CUTELABA +250
VS MAGOMED ANKALAEV -300

 

WILLIAM HILL SPORTSBOOK
UFC 254
PRELIM CARD ODDS
  ODDS
ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV +135
VS JOEL ALVAREZ -155
LIANA JOJUA +340
VS MIRANDA MAVERICK -420
NATHANIEL WOOD +165
VS CASEY KENNEY -185
TAI TUIVASA -105
VS STEFAN STRUVE -115
SHAVKAT RAKHMONOV +100
VS ALEX OLIVEIRA -120
SAM ALVEY +300
VS DA-UN JUNG -360