Fail Mary in Philadelphia delights Eagles' home crowd
December 26, 2017 4:13 PM
by Mark Mayer
We’re giving you seven months advance notice on this tip. Keep a close eye on futures wagers next season on Appalachian State.
The Mountaineers are the Southern version of Boise State. A potential 12-0 mid major will be the BCS committee’s biggest nightmare if ASU can win their 2018 season opener at Penn State. And don’t think for one minute they can’t.
Remember, a few years back as a three-time FCS champion they went into Ann Arbor and knocked off Michigan. Last weekend they blanked a Toledo offense that had been averaging over 40 points a game. ASU has a soon-to-be senior linebacker named Anthony Flory who is a freak of nature, much the way Jadeveon Clowney was at the University of South Carolina.
A win at Penn State will carry enough weight to offset a cupcake of a schedule playing in a conference (Sun Belt) you probably couldn’t name any of its members. Cut and paste taking the OVER in total wins.
The Fail Mary
That should be the name for the backward lateral chaos when teams throw the ball all over the field on the game’s final play and it winds up as a touchdown for the other side. It happened again in the San Diego State-Army bowl game turning a 2-point win for the Cadets into an 8-point victory and bludgeoning all the teaser tickets not on the Aztecs.
I speak as a San Diego State +2 victim. A similar botched lateral cost D owner Derek Stevens a $25,000 winning teaser ticket. And the latest was the final play of the Eagles game in Philly much to the delight of the home crowd.
He did what?
The Baltimore Ravens beat Indianapolis to keep their playoff hopes alive, but not before creating a lot of drama that could have been avoided if not for a highly questionable coaching decision by John Harbaugh.
The Colts were assessed a holding penalty in Ravens territory on a third and short. The right decision would have been to accept the penalty and perhaps force Indy to punt. Instead Harbaugh declined it. With that gift, Indy decided to go for the first down, made it and eventually scored a touchdown that ended all chances of the Ravens covering a 13.5 point spread.
For reasons beyond us, the Brett Hundley quarterback model does not perform at home the way it does on the road. Hundley stunk it up against the Vikings and burning all that Packers money invested on +8.5. Not that the former UCLA star had any chance of ever unseating Aaron Rodgers, but his stock around the league took a serious hit last Saturday.
In Hundley’s defense, he doesn’t have a lot of weapons to work with. The Packers finish the season at Detroit with the Lions playing for a shot at the playoffs. It could get very ugly again for Green Bay.
And now for this week’s selections, including the much awaited Final Four in college football.
(lines c/o Westgate)
Missouri -3 vs. Texas: There were plenty of 2 and 2.5 lines available away from Westgate if you like the Tigers. They’ve scored at least 45 points in each of their last six games, all wins. MISSOURI
Purdue vs. Arizona (65.5): U of A has played eight straight games where the total score exceeded 65 points. OVER
Virginia +2 vs. Navy: The Cavaliers come in having lost their last three games. Navy will want to erase that Army defeat. NAVY
Michigan St. +1 vs. Washington St.: If Washington could shut down Wazzou then Sparty should as well. MICHIGAN ST.
Louisville -6.5 vs. Mississippi St.: The Cardinals won their last three games by 17, 46 and 27 points plus have last year’s Heisman winner. LOUISVILLE
Iowa State +4 vs. Memphis: The Cyclones finished 7-1 ATS in their last eight games and were the team that knocked off Oklahoma in Norman. IOWA ST.
Washington +2 vs. Penn State: The Nittany Lions are the uncrowned champs of the Big Ten. PENN ST.
Wisconsin -6 at Miami, Fla.: Just don’t think Wisconsin can hurt Miami on offense. The Hurricanes really needed a month to regroup. MIAMI, FLA.
UCF +9.5 vs. Auburn: Central Florida is playing for respect next season in the BCS poll. Auburn still trying to get over the loss to Georgia. UCF
Alabama -3 vs. Clemson: We’re taking a pass on Georgia-Oklahoma and cutting to the eventual national champion. The Tigers are again being disrespected. Like Brylcreem, a little Dabo will do ya. CLEMSON
Last week: 1-2
(all Sunday games)
Texans PK at Colts: We’ll take Brissett in any QB matchup against Houston. COLTS
Panthers +3.5 at Atlanta: The Falcons make too many critical mistakes and Cam Newton finds ways to win. PANTHERS
Packers +7.5 at Lions: Detroit losing at Cincy was inexcusable and a season-ender. Hundley should play better on the road. PACKERS
Redskins -3.5 at Giants: Getting blanked at Arizona should end the Eli era. Redskins being favored on the road shows how bad things are. REDSKINS
Cardinals +7.5 at Seahawks: The 12th man is energized and Arizona won’t shut out Russell Wilson. SEAHAWKS
Last week: 2-2