IP’s games of the yea

Aug 13, 2002 12:25 PM

The boys at Imperial Palace work hard over the off-season to compile the College football Games of the Year just for us bettors.

"It’s a fun way to look at what we feel are the year’s best games and putting an early line on them," said Jay Kornegay, Imperial Palace director of Race and Sports. "Naturally so much can change once the season begins, but this way we give our customers a chance to decide which lines have early value."

Here are seven games that jump out as lines that may not hold up by kickoff. You may have your own favorites from the complete IP list. Good luck and let the games begin!

Saturday, Sept. 7

(Home team in CAPS)

Miami (even) vs FLORIDA: Hurricanes pointing to this game. Florida wanted out of rivalry. No Spurrier. Canes are the side as a pick’em.

Saturday, Sept. 14

PENN ST (+6½) vs Nebraska: Can 102,000 Joe Paterno fans be wrong? We think not. Without Crouch, Nittany Lions have great value as home dog. Money line tempting.

Thursday, Oct. 10

BC (even) vs Va. Tech: The Eagles usually shine against top teams, especially at home on national TV. The Hokies are now taken seriously, but we like BC even.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Georgia (+6) vs Florida: The World’s Largest Cocktail Party in Jacksonville will turn in Georgia’s favor. Spurrier was the biggest problem for the Bulldogs. Now Dawgs bark.

Nov. 16

ILLINOIS (+5) vs Ohio St: The Illini are the defending Big 10 champs even though they figure to be weaker. Getting this many points in Champagne is worth a toast.

Thursday, Nov. 28

OLE MISS (—6) vs Miss St: Eli Manning and the Rebels want some turkey and a lot of revenge against archrivals. At less than a touchdown, we think Eli’s coming hard.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Navy (+2½) vs Army: The Middies have a new coach who brings a winning attitude from Georgia Southern. That’s all Navy needs to upset their archrivals from the Hudson.