Bowden, Robinson, Paterno, Holtz. I didn’t know if I was watching football or an episode of That 70s Show.
Speaking of 70s, that about the percentage of football bets I’m missing this year. The latest backstabber in what could have been my first winning weekend in months was Auburn giving up a fourth-down touchdown pass in the final two minutes to Alabama.
Things were so bad at Florida State for Bobby Bowden that he was forced to use Chris Rix to rally the troops against the Gators on a night the FSU brass unveiled a statue and renamed the football field for their popular coach. I’m surprised seeing Gators fans carry lame duck coach Ron Zook off Bowden Field didn’t trigger a Ron Artest-like outburst.
Speaking of fights, the South Carolina-Clemson battle royal overshadowed the final game for Lou Holtz, though it was better than the Winky Wright-Shane Mosley bout at Mandalay Bay later that night. The Gamecocks left Clemson 29-7 losers as Tigers coach Tommy Bowdon continues to walk on those hot coals without falling.
John Robinson arrived at UNLV looking over a program on life support, pumped some life in the form of a Las Vegas Bowl berth and seemingly more TV appearances than victories. He left as a 21-3 loser at San Diego State, failing to bring a quality quarterback to the mistake-per-minute program.
Paterno was the only coaching icon to come away on the plus side, yet he had to deal with “when are you going to retire” questions another day. Thanks to an inept Michigan State offense, Joe Pa will coach another year.
The breakdown of favorites vs. underdogs covering was again basically a wash, so bettors would not have made much money wagering heavily either way.
This week the list of games has been trimmed as most teams have ended regular season play. But, we found a few to pick on.
Cincy (16Â½) at Louisville (70): Whatever the over is, go with it. The Vegas books won’t put 80 so don’t worry. Both teams are hot. We’re praying for a Louisville-Boise showdown in the Liberty Bowl. OVER.
Northwestern (-6Â½) at Hawaii: Both teams need this one to be bowl eligible. Timmy Chang could throw 100 passes. Northwestern likes OT games. How about 100-99 in triple OT? OVER.
Missouri (+4Â½) at Iowa St: The Cyclones are the hottest team in the Big XII North and would face Oklahoma in the title game with a win. Missouri has been a big disappointment this year. We like the hot team. IOWA ST.
Arizona St. (-14) at Arizona (FRI): HC Stoops has done a nice job in his first year in Tucson. Arizona can play defense. ASU is all offense. ARIZONA.
Last week: 3-3
And, now for the NFL where six games last week were decided by at least 18 points and Cleveland’s orange/brown uniforms failed.
Eagles (-7) at Giants: Expect something out of the ordinary from T.O. and a bunch of sacks against a fleeing Eli Manning. EAGLES.
Raiders (+11) at Broncos: Denver seems to have found its rhythm. Shanahan continues his dominance of “Commitment to Failure.” BRONCOS.
Ravens (+6) at Patriots: New England will score just enough points to get by. Turn the game on in the fourth quarter. Vinatieri wins this one. UNDER.
Last week: 8-4