And the new Big 12 North champion is”¦ Montana State!
The 19-10 upset over Colorado wasn’t even on the board because most Vegas books won’t touch games involving Division I-AA schools. No, we’re not talking about Colorado.
The Bobcats had been 0-6 against Division I schools before posting the biggest win in the school’s history. Adding to the lowest of low moments in CU football annals, Montana State coach Mike Kramer told the Associated Press after the victory, "It would mean more if I could beat Chadron State next week."
Dan Hawkins, the hot property from Boise State, gave up the blue turf for this! What’s even worse for Hawkins, he kicked senior free safety Tyrone Henderson off the team the week before only to have Tyrone transfer to, you guessed it, Montana State. You don’t have to sit a year at a 1-AA school, so Tyrone played.
The incredible result should have made Colorado No. 1 in the Dirty Dozen, but alas there’s Duke. USA Today had listed Richmond as the key opponent for Duke because it was the Blue Devils’ best chance to win a game. Richmond, another 1-AA school, won 13-0. So, Duke is still No. 1.
A Reuters photo caught our eye, showing South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier back at Florida watching his ex-school cover the 20-point spread against Southern Miss, 34-7. Spurrier’s Gamecocks cracked the GamingToday Top 25 with a 15-0 shutout at Mississippi State last Thursday.
The GT Top 10 basically stayed the same with No. 2 Notre Dame surviving Georgia Tech, but not covering the -7. The only major surprise was California, a 2Â½-point road favorite, showing up in Knoxville for the final quarter as Tennessee rolled 35-18. The Vols moved up seven to No. 16 and may go higher depending on the outcome of Florida State-Miami. That ACC showdown was held Monday when GT went to press.
There was a Top 25 vs. Dirty Dozen match in Lincoln between Nebraska and Louisiana Tech. The Techsters were within 14-10 in the second quarter before the Huskers scored the next 35 to cover as 24Â½-point favorites.
Another team that impressed us was West Virginia. The No. 9 Mountaineers took advantage of a weakened Marshall program and rolled 42-10 as a 21Â½-point home favorite.
Finally, both Michigan and Wake Forest lived up to their rep for failing to cover double-digit chalk. Michigan (-27) held off stubborn Vandy 27-7. Wake (-14) won a defensive battle at home from Syracuse, 20-10, allowing the Orange to escape the Dirty Dozen for at least a week.