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Bettor wins big with LSU longshot upset

by Will Gray
Updated On: December 14, 2020, 5:37 pm ET

LSU's upset of Florida sent shockwaves through the college football rankings, and it turned one bettor's seemingly risky moneyline wager into a hefty payday.

Coming off a 55-17 drubbing against rival Alabama and sitting at 3-5 one season after winning the national title, LSU was a decided longshot to hang with the No. 6-ranked Gators, let alone pull off a road upset. The Tigers kicked off in Gainesville as 23-point underdogs at PointsBet Sportsbook, with Florida and Heisman Trophy contender Kyle Trask expected to roll.

But thanks in large part to a timely unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when one of the Florida defenders threw an opposing player's shoe across the field, LSU stunned the Gators with a 37-34 win after kicker Cade York knocked in a 57-yard field goal with 23 seconds to play. The result was a profitable one for the house at PointsBet, with a majority of the action on the favorites and several moneyline parlays destroyed by the upset loss.

But one bettor in Illinois cashed in big when the Tigers held on for the win. The player not only backed LSU, but did so on the moneyline: a $3,450 wager at +950 odds. When LSU won the game outright, that turned into a $32,775 payday with the bettor taking home $36,225 including his original stake.

The loss was Florida's second on the season and essentially knocked them out of contention for the college football playoff. This week they'll look to rebound with roles reversed: facing Alabama in the SEC title game in Atlanta, the Gators are currently 16.5-point underdogs and facing +480 moneyline odds against the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

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Will Gray

Will Gray joined Golf Channel in 2007 and currently serves as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com. Gray has been covering fantasy golf since 2012 and is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog and covers several PGA Tour events each year. He's also a regular contributor to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including Stat Man, On the Clock, Fantasy Central, Grill Room and the Monday Scramble podcast.