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Bettors flock to Oregon State after sportsbook's initial line favors USC by nearly two touchdowns

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An outlier opening line on USC-Oregon State prompted a flood of bets on the underdog Beavers this week and left one sportsbook with more money at stake on the Pac-12 tilt than any of the week's NFL games.

Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened USC as a 13.5-point favorite over Oregon State. Minutes later, oddsmakers at Circa Sports put up the Trojans as only a 5-point favorite.

Bettors pounced on the discrepancy, causing the line to drop significantly at Caesars and tick up slightly at other sportsbooks, before settling at consensus number of USC -6 on Sunday night. «We had a high opinion on [USC],» said Joey Feazel, lead college football trader for Caesars Sportsbook. «So we put out a number to kind of attract Oregon State money.

And it worked.» Action from influential bettors came in on the Beavers immediately at Caesars, and Feazel moved the line down aggressively.

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