You might be a degenerate gambler if all you want for Christmas is to cash a few tickets on bowl games. Let’s jump right into the next week’s worth of bowls with brief analysis and picks on every game.
Case Keefer looks at every bowl game through the betting line and provides a pick.
The national championship race is down to three teams — Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia — and none of them concern Las Vegas oddsmakers. Sports books took no significant action on any of those teams to win the national championship in future bets before the season began.
Bragging rights and bowl eligibilities define the last full week of the college football regular season. Every game of note over Thanksgiving weekend features either a rivalry or a team desperate to make a final push to get to .500 and possibly make the postseason.
Sports books caused more forced retirements than a bankrupt mega-corporation last weekend. A large group of disgruntled gamblers no doubt stomped out of a casino and onto Las Vegas Boulevard swearing they would never bet on sports again after the events of last Saturday’s college football slate. Bad beats struck quick and frequently, turning what looked like the surest tickets into nothing more than recyclable material.
Bowl season starts in exactly five weeks. Anyone else ready for it to get here already? Diving into a game or two every day sounds more desirable than cramming for 50 or more per week.
One local sports book followed the worst-ever NFL Sunday by taking a six-figure hit on a single $5 bet Monday night. The New Orleans Saints 28-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as 3-point favorites on Monday Night Football made one bettor at Red Rock Resort $100,000.
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College football is steeped in tradition that few other sports can match. Keeping up with the sheer number of quirks and practices spanning the nation’s football programs would be treacherous. Some are old; some are new. Some are fun; some are dangerous. Some are important; some are foolish.
Let’s hope for some better games this week. Talking Points’ two featured contests of week 8 turned out as unfulfilling as Geno Smith’s Heisman candidacy. Florida and Kansas State had all but finished South Carolina and West Virginia, respectively, before halftime.
The Detroit Tigers will begin their final series of the year in precisely the same situation they started the season six months ago — as favorites to become baseball’s world champions.
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