Arizona effortwas revolting

Sep 9, 2003 8:01 AM


John Mackovic nearly lost his job at Arizona last year due to a player revolt. We wonder if he can survive a bettors’ revolt.

The Wildcats were 11-point home underdogs to LSU and turned in a performance not seen in Tucson 45 years. Arizona’s 59-13 defeat was the worst result since a 47-0 blanking in 1958.

And, yet, Week 2 was one for the dogs. Especially early.

Of the first 19 games on the Saturday rotation, 14 were won by underdogs. The favorites turned the trend slightly the rest of the night, closing the margin to 24-17. The "over" prevailed 10-6 in the 16 games that drew posted totals.

Here are some trends and numbers we will track each week.

Home conference dogs (1): The N.C. State-Wake Forest ACC encounter was the only matchup in this category with the underdog Demon Deacons winning outright as a 7½-point underdog, 38-24. The dogs lead, 2-1.

Look aheads (5): We considered five teams NC State, Arkansas, Michigan, UNLV and Georgia with legitimate shots of thinking to the following week. The five went 1-4 ATS, although Arkansas did handle Tulsa easily straight-up. Michigan, which hosts Notre Dame this week, whipped Houston 50-3 as a 27½-point favorite. This week NC State gets Ohio State in Columbus, Arkansas faces Texas, UNLV visits unbeaten Wisconsin and Georgia hosts South Carolina.

This week’s targeted look-aheads are Boston College (Miami), Michigan State (Notre Dame) and Oklahoma (UCLA).

Over-rated: Auburn, for scoring three points in two games, and UNLV for its brutal second-half in loss at Kansas as a double-digit road favorite.

Ridiculous Game of the Week: U-Mass at Kansas State or Florida A&M at Florida. Take your pick.