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Florida State favored by 70.5 points against Savannah State

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Justified or not, there was a kerfuffle of sorts last Saturday when No. 18 Oklahoma State killed, cleaned and stuffed 1-AA Savannah State by a score of 84-0. The line on the game was 67.5 points in favor of the Cowboys.

That’s officially been trumped by No. 6 Florida State, which gets the honor of hosting the Tigers in Week 2. Per pregame.com, the Seminoles are now a 70.5-point favorite over SSU. It’s reportedly the biggest spread ever*.

Savannah State, as you may recall, was added to Florida State’s schedule in the 11th hour after West Virginia dropped the game to head to the Big 12 (and a nine-game conference slate). The Tigers are reportedly getting $475,000 for what will surely be a game over in the first quarter.

It’s also FSU’s second 1-AA opponent — the ‘Noles opened the season against Murray State and won 69-3 — meaning this Saturday’s game will not count toward the team’s bowl eligibility. There’s nothing to gain by playing Savannah State other than allowing backups to get more reps.

Fisher should (and probably will) pull his starters by halftime — at the latest. Get the W and move on. It’s not FSU or SSU’s fault, but this game has no business taking place.

(*I don’t know if that’s true and I don’t care. I don’t bet my money on things I have no control over.)

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22 Responses to “Florida State favored by 70.5 points against Savannah State”
  1. woebegong says: Sep 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    is the 500 or so grand, if that, worth having your kids humiliated on TV, by a far more superior football team with a lot more resources? How does that help your school that much, or let any likelihood of recruitment go out the door. If you are truly that desperate for revenue, perhaps you need to leave active participation in football alone completely. There is no pride in saying you played a team, that used you as nothing more than a scrimmage game. At least try and play teams in your own division. I hate these cupcake games. They don’t do a thing to improve the superior team and damage the inferior team.

  2. steeler1nation says: Sep 6, 2012 2:22 PM

    so, what’s the over/under? … 70.5 ?

  3. gmen1987 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:26 PM

    woebegong says:
    Sep 6, 2012 1:56 PM
    is the 500 or so grand, if that, worth having your kids humiliated on TV, by a far more superior football team with a lot more resources? How does that help your school that much, or let any likelihood of recruitment go out the door. If you are truly that desperate for revenue, perhaps you need to leave active participation in football alone completely. There is no pride in saying you played a team, that used you as nothing more than a scrimmage game. At least try and play teams in your own division. I hate these cupcake games. They don’t do a thing to improve the superior team and damage the inferior team.

    ================================
    Yes it’s worth it. It’s not like $475,000 is a drop in the bucket.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Sep 6, 2012 2:33 PM

    @ woebegong

    If you had a daughter that played a sport, that made no money for the college, then you’d know the answer is yes it’s worth it.

  5. overratedgators says: Sep 6, 2012 2:57 PM

    I’m almost tempted to make a phone call and take Savannah with the points.

  6. gopokes0714 says: Sep 6, 2012 3:06 PM

    pull starters by half time? We pulled the starters in the first quarter after only 4 drives. By the end of the game the 5 string was in. We played 94 different players, ran the ball, used the huddle, anything we could do to run out the clock. We scored 84 trying everything short of putting the band in, NOT to run up the score. I would definitely take the over.

    It was weird how small their team was on the sideline. We may have had more cheerleaders than they had players. I agree with their coach, the humiliation will last a lot longer than the 800k.

    I haven’t seen it anywhere but I want to commend their cheerleaders. They never stopped dancing and cheering at the top of their lungs the entire game. Even our cheerleaders were just standing and watching them.

    I realize we didn’t have much of a choice (they filled a cancellation in our schedule as well, Syracuse I think) But playing a game like that isn’t really fun for anyone. You sit their and in a weird way root for them.

  7. js20011041 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:07 PM

    I really don’t understand the newfound backlash against these games this year. These games have been going on since the beginning of college football. Why the outrage now? There is a lot of talk about putting these players in jeopardy, but not a single person making this argument has brought any stats to the table. If these matchups are truly causing more injuries, prove it. Show the world the stats that say these players are truly at a greater risk of injury. Beyond that, as others have said, the paycheck is absolutely worth it. I certainly don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possiblity that these games are funding the majority of the athletic department at these schools. I would say that those needs outweigh the “embarassment” of playing a team that outclasses you.

  8. normtide says: Sep 6, 2012 4:21 PM

    It is sad, but js is right. If you stop these games, many lower division schools will have only club athletics.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Sep 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    Maybe these schools should be club sport.

  10. gopokes0714 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    @js20011041

    I don’t think people have a huge problem with a cupcake. It is more the severity or the cupcake.

    Most people don’t have a problem with someone having a beer. But if you make that one beer 500oz its an issue.

    Savannah State had never played a division 1 opponent before. They play in the worst conference in division II, and have only had more than 3 wins in a season once since 2000. Think of the Waterboy team, its bad.

    I agree about the injuries. Its not like anyone is out to hurt them.

    As far as the money goes. They allot about 2M a year for athletics. These two games will cover a big chunk of that. So that is good for all those student athletes that depend on that money.

    The problem is, while that is a lot of money for them, it should have been more. It should have been north of 1M for these two games. I think most people feel like the AD pimped out his team for the first offer across the table. He should have fought harder to send his team to slaughter.

  11. woebegong says: Sep 6, 2012 4:29 PM

    Is your daughter getting humiliated on the football field?

  12. florida727 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:41 PM

    Ben, I want to know what the heck a “kerfuffle” is.

    BTW, this is a sucker bet. Lay the points. FSU by 110.

  13. irish1958 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:44 PM

    I don’t get it. If it not the fault of the athletic directors, then who schedules these games? The obvious solution was to have Florida State play Oklahoma State.

  14. cubano76 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:47 PM

    Back in the day, a certain school had the same problem. So they decided to field a club team. And they have been much happier. You Go Maryland!

  15. mountaineer50415 says: Sep 6, 2012 5:02 PM

    Wow what a deal for FSU. They get paid to demolish Savannah St. instead getting demolished by WVU. It could have been 70 points the other way.

  16. jimmy53 says: Sep 6, 2012 6:53 PM

    Irish1958- the FSU AD asked 70 teams to replace WVU, including OU and “We’ll play anyone anywhere” Boise State, and they all said no. Tallahassee lost millions in revenue, a fact not lost on the FSU athletic dept…so, no it wasn’t the AD’s fault…well maybe WVU’s AD.

  17. grudenthediva says: Sep 6, 2012 9:37 PM

    “It could have been 70 points the other way.”

    I guess we will never know, since your Mountaineers decided to puss out. Easy to talk smack after your boys ran in the other way.

    They were supposed to whip tail in Bobby’s last game in Jax, too.

  18. phillyb6 says: Sep 6, 2012 9:47 PM

    Hey gopokes… What number are you on ok st.? …lot of “we” going on there…

  19. js20011041 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:08 PM

    @gopokes

    It’s supply and demand. Why would FSU pay Savannah St $1 million when there are any number of schools that would jump at the chance for a sizable payday? There is no moral obligation here.

  20. gopokes0714 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:30 PM

    @phillyb6

    It’s pretty obvious the term “we” refers to my fan allegiance to Oklahoma State, and does not refer to me playing for Oklahoma State. You would have to be some kind of special not to comprehend that. But since my fiance and I are alumni, season ticket holders, donors, yes I say “we”. I support my program, do you support yours?

    @js20011041
    I didn’t mean 1M per game, I meant for the total. If you look at what schools typically get paid to sacrifice their teams Savannah State didn’t make out too well.

  21. packerbadger says: Sep 7, 2012 9:09 AM

    LOL!

  22. fatediesel says: Sep 7, 2012 12:01 PM

    Savannah State is actually going to net $375,000 for this game. They were scheduled to play Northern Iowa this week but when they backed out they had to pay Northern Iowa a $100,000 penalty and they didn’t negotiate it so Florida State would cover any of that payment.

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