This is a bit of a down weekend in college football but that will not prevent many from placing a few wagers, right? After all, what’s football without the all-important betting line from Las Vegas? This weekend three teams will be looking to cover school-record point spreads as favorites.
According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, Miami, UCLA and Ohio State all have the largest point spreads in their respective histories this weekend. Ohio State and Miami are hosting FCS programs while UCLA is playing host to New Mexico State, a cast-off from the sinking of the WAC.
The Miami Hurricanes are a 60-point favorite against FCS Savannah State, a program used to playing the role of massive underdog in exchange for a nice paycheck. Last season Savannah State opened their schedule with an 84-0 loss at Oklahoma State and a 55-0 loss at Florida State. The program received some criticism for playing those games but the bottom line proved to be more important to the school’s financial interests than whatever national pundits may have had to say about the mismatches.
Ohio State will host Florida A&M. The Rattlers have played an FBS opponent each year dating back to 2009 and have been outscored 232-46. This may have ben a season highlighted by a number of FCS upsets of FBS teams, but do not expect Miami or Ohio State to be the next victim.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.