There’s plenty of gamblers that bet on college football that are smelling a rat with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
So far this season, South Carolina has seen noticeable line-movement in two games (East Carolina, Navy), minor movement in two (Auburn, Kentucky) and no movement in the remaining games (Vanderbilt, Georgia).
Much of the buzz is focussed around the play of South Carolina’s QB Stephen Garcia, or should I say, his questionable play. While there are those bitter gamblers out there that will yell out “fixed” every-time the line jumps, or a good player doesn’t play up to expectations against a poor team, online sportsbooks haven’t noticed anything too abnormal about the betting activity surrounding the Gamecocks.
The buzz around fixed games is nothing new across the pond when it comes to the “World’s” game. But fixed college football or fixed games in any of the major professional sports in North America is a huge deal if found out.
There’s a reason the NBA and the angel of Stern were quick to shut down the first publisher of Tim Donaghy’s tell all book. The NBA, like the NFL, like college football needs to have its fans and bettors believe that the games are one hundred percent legitimate, one hundred percent of the time. The facts are, it’s just not true.
According to Pregame, more than one-third of college athletes admitted in a survey to violating NCAA rules by gambling on either college or professional sport and 2.3 percent of NCAA Division I football players actually admitted they’d been asked at some point to influence the outcome of a game because of gambling debts.
If that’s the information coming out voluntarily, what else is going on behind the scenes?
Check out this Pregame video on fixed sports betting.