Perhaps you saw the Big East’s media poll that was released on Monday? You know, the one that made me even MORE confused about the teams in this eight-team league?
West Virginia, Pittsburgh and South Florida were, predictably, ranked first, second and third at the top. I could make an argument that USF should be second above Pitt, but I’ll let that go for now.
But the media’s rankings from No. 4 through No. 8 was all out of whack, and not even close to what I expected.
Here is the poll, as voted on by Big East media:
1. West Virginia
3. South Florida
Again, there’s no real surprise at the top. But if you look at Nos. 4 through 8 and compare them to oddsmakers’ numbers, you’ll see a world of difference. In fact, even oddsmakers can’t agree, as there are no unanimous selections outside of the first three slots.
Here is a comparison of Big East odds from four major offshore sportsbooks:
Notice that Syracuse, picked to finish fourth by Big East writers, is listed sixth by three sportsbooks — Bodog, BetOnline and 5Dimes — and seventh by TheGreek. You can get Syracuse at +800 at BetOnline or at +1700 at 5Dimes.
Though the writers picked Pitt to finish second in the league, three sportsbooks have USF listed second and another has them in a tie for first at +250 with West Virginia.
Other notable differences?
- BetOnline lists Rutgers at +1000, while 5Dimes (+2400) and Bodog (+2000) offer a payoff that’s at least twice as high.
- Cincinnati, which is picked to finish fourth at three of four books, can be had from anywhere between +500 (TheGreek) and +950 (5Dimes).
- Louisville is priced anywhere between +500 and +1100 at the four books, and one book, BetOnline, has given them the fourth-best odds to win the conference.