I live about five miles from the campus of Northwestern University and it was the scene of one of the best college football games of the season Saturday night.
It’s also going to be known as one of the worst bad beats ever. The Wildcat fans saw their team slug it out, and for most of the game they had the upper hand. Ohio State was up three points with only a kickoff left to seal the game and go home with their sixth victory of the season.
The Cats were getting 7½ to 8 points at home. If you had $100 on the game with Northwestern up with the spread, the only thing that could hurt the Northwestern backers would be a fumble in the end zone. Northwestern took the kickoff and tried to make things happen.
The unthinkable happened when the ball landed in the end zone after they threw the ball laterally, letting the Buckeyes win by 10 after they recovered in the end zone. Clutching their hearts, the people at the stadium or at home witnessed a bad beat for the peeps who wagered on the Wildcats.
Ohio State won by 10 to cover the spread and, according to reports, the sports books took a beating on the game and total. Most of America had Ohio State, but not in Chicago. For a lot of people it was a bad loss and for many a bad beat.
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Mike North has been in sports radio broadcast for over 20 years and is currently heard weekly on the FoxSports Radio network out of Chicago. He also writes a daily sports column for the Chicago Daily Herald newspaper. Listen to his podcasts at http://www.foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml. Contact him at [email protected].”