One of the biggest football weekends of the season is here.
Not only is it a crucial week of NFL regular season games, but it is also conference championship week in college football. On Thursday, Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that a bettor placed a $35,000, 3-team parlay at the MGM Grand sportsbook in Las Vegas.
The ticket would cash for $210,000 if all three legs hit this weekend. The parlay includes two NFL games and a wager on the Pac-12 Championship Game. Friday night’s opening leg in the parlay is on Utah -6.5 against Oregon, while the NFL sides are San Francisco +2 at New Orleans and Kansas City +3 at New England.
No. 5 Utah enters the Pac-12 Championship Game with an 11-1 record and a shot to make an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Utes are slated as 6.5-point favorites against No. 13 Oregon, which is 10-2 on the season.
Utah opened as a 2.5-point favorite in the game, but the Utes have been steamed over the course of the week. They are riding an eight-game winning streak both straight up and against the spread, outscoring opponents 308-76 during that span.
The second leg of the parlay is San Francisco to cover its role as a two-point underdog at New Orleans. Sunday afternoon’s game has massive playoff seeding implications, as both teams are sitting atop the NFC at 10-2.
San Francisco is coming off its second loss of the season — a 20-17 defeat last week at Baltimore. The 49ers bring the NFL’s No. 1 defense to The Big Easy.
Sean Payton’s club has extra rest after its win at Atlanta on Thanksgiving night.
If the parlay survives the opening two legs, it would conclude with the Kansas City Chiefs +3 at New England. The Patriots were handled by the Houston Texans last week, despite a deceiving final score.
Kansas City lost to New England in overtime of the AFC Championship last year. The Chiefs are coming off a 40-9 blowout win over the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.
Dewey also reported that the same gambler went even bigger on the 49ers with a straight play. The bettor risked $300,000 to win $272,000 on San Francisco +2.5.
That’s a lot of greenbacks at risk to not buy the hook to three. Perhaps it won’t matter, but I can’t fathom losing well into the six figures for not buying a half-point to a key number.