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Texas draws national title interest in Las Vegas

Tom Herman and the Longhorns were one of five teams that attracted $1,000 futures odds bets to win the national championship. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Just one week after Clemson upset Alabama to win the national title, bettors in Las Vegas are already clamoring to wager on next year's champion.

Alabama, at 4-1, is the favorite at the sportsbook at the South Point Casino, followed by Florida State and USC, each at 6-1.

The Crimson Tide and Seminoles will meet in Atlanta on Sept. 2. South Point sportsbook director Chris Andrews opened Alabama as a 3.5-point favorite last week in an early line on the highly anticipated Week 1 game.

"Obviously, we don't know much at this point, other than those two teams are probably going to be very, very good," Andrews said.

The action on the early line on Alabama-Florida State was light, Andrews said. But the action on the futures odds to win the national championship has been heavy, including on Texas and new coach Tom Herman.

The Longhorns, who are 50-1 long shots, were one of five teams that attracted $1,000 bets in the first few days after national championship odds were posted at the South Point.

Andrews said he also took $1,000 futures bets on Louisville (20-1), LSU (20-1), Oklahoma (15-1) and Penn State (15-1).

The South Point, as part of the book's effort to become the go-to spot in Las Vegas for college football, will post early point spreads in May on many of the upcoming season's biggest games.