Who thought Missouri could win the national championship in college football this season?
Star news services
At least one bettor at the Las Vegas Hotel Superbook did. The sportsbook offered 500-1 odds in January on Mizzou to win the BCS title, according to Bloomberg News, and sold one ticket. That ticket would have been sold a month after the Tigers finished 5-7 in their first season in the Southeastern Conference.
More bettors at the sportsbook liked Auburn’s chances: 14 tickets offering 1,000-1 odds were sold in January. Auburn finished 3-9 and was winless in the SEC last year.
Auburn plays Missouri for the Southeastern Conference title on Saturday in Atlanta. The winner would likely need help — Ohio State and Florida State are the top two teams in the BCS — to reach the championship game. But it’s possible, and could be costly.
According to Bloomberg, Jeff Sherman, the assistant manager at the LVH Superbook, struggled to recall another example of a long-shot future bet becoming a legitimate possibility for a payout.
“As far as college football goes it’s really rare,” Sherman said Monday.