David Purdum of ESPN Chalk joins us this week to talk about the South Carolina-Florida line, a newly posted line on the season-ending game against Clemson, and, of course, the presidential election.
The State: One week after South Carolina covered as the favorite against Missouri, the Gamecocks are back to being big underdogs against Florida, but that line has moved some hasn’t it?
Purdum: They are actual lines, but they are from the UK and Europe. In the United States, you are not allowed to bet on the elections in Nevada. Last night the last time I checked before I went to sleep it was about 11 o’clock and I think Hillary Clinton was a heavy favorite, a 1-to-5 favorite. The next thing I knew in the middle of the night when I woke up and looked at things, Trump had become a 1-to-10 favorite. So from Clinton being a dramatic favorite all the way to Trump in a couple hours. I talked to some of the UK books this morning. They are calling it one of the political betting upsets in history. It drew tons of money and tons of action. It’s pretty remarkable the betting market is with the U.S. presidential election.
The State: So who won, the UK books or the UK bettors?