Nobody is questioning whether Miami will beat Savannah State this weekend. The general consensus is the Hurricanes will roll over their cupcake opponent. The big question is whether they can beat the ridiculously mammoth spread of 60 points before them.
The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman reports on the upcoming complement of college football games and the outlandish spreads that accompany them.
It will be hard to find anything intriguing heading into the matchup between the No. 16 Miami Hurricanes and the 1-2 Savannah State Tigers. So you might as well consider the behemoth 60-point spread as the thing to grab you.
The Hurricanes are favored over Savannah State on Saturday by five dozen. Not only is that Miami's biggest spread ever—if it holds up until kickoff, it would be only the third spread of 60 points or more in college football since 1980, the earliest point that reliable records were kept, according to RJ Bell, the founder of Pregame.com.
The Tigers were blown out of the stadium their first two weeks of the season, losing 77-9 to Georgia Southern and 66-3 to Troy—a team that lost last Saturday to Arkansas State, 41-34.
Still, you would think the Tigers would get some extra credit for at least suiting up for the game. In the end, Las Vegas knows what they like, and they absolutely love Miami.
However, you really have to feel for Savannah State, who take on the role of the little kid who is supposed to fight the bully the second school breaks for the day—everyone is quick to offer how it is about to get smoked.
Even ESPN's Jemele Hill managed to drop a Tigers line while on with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday night when discussing the NFL's own huge line for this weekend between the Jaguars and Seahawks.
If you need a punchline and can't think of a horrible team to throw out into the ether for your quip, Savannah State will do at the moment.
The remarkable part of The Wall Street Journal report states that this is a banner week for gigantic spreads. They note that seven other contests feature huge spreads that should have you scheduling your weekend nap accordingly.
UCLA's 42-point spread against New Mexico State is the Bruins' largest ever, and Ohio State's 51-point spread against Florida A&M beats OSU's all-time largest by seven points.
What does all this mean? Well, it means this is as good a week as any to get out there and handle whatever weekend errands you have been putting off.
Other than a few intriguing matchups, the games this Saturday are dreadful, unless you like to see football massacres take place.
Of course, all you gamblers out there only really care about whether Miami can cover. It has won its first two games—including against then-No. 12 Florida—by an average of 16.5 points per game.
While that might not grab you, perhaps you will wince when you realize Savannah State's porous defense has given up a whopping 1,607 total yards over its first three games, an average of a little over 535 yards to the likes of Georgia Southern and Fort Valley State.
Essentially, this will be tough to watch.
For one week, the best action in college football will happen well away from the field and inside of Vegas sportsbooks.
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