“Beat The Spread,” Week 2: Cruisin’ for a Big XII bruisin’Written by Matt Sussman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time again to play “Beat the Spread” with UT and BG football. For a refresher on the rules, consult last week’s introduction.
Now, how did everybody do?
Bowling Green 31, Troy 14
Actual margin of victory: BGSU by 17
Sportsbook’s prediction: BGSU by 7 (10 points)
Sussman’s prediction: BGSU by 4 (13 points)
Purdue 52, Toledo 31
Actual margin of victory: Purdue by 21
Sportsbook’s prediction: Purdue by 10½ (10½ points)
Sussman’s prediction: Purdue by 14 (7 points)
It’s very close, but so far I am beating the sportsbooks, 20½-20 after one week. I will not let this false sense of superiority over Vegas get to my head, but I can probably assume my vast knowledge of college football will help me prevail over the evil gamblers.
UT at Colorado, 9 p.m. Friday
Do you like lots and lots of points? Sure, everybody does. And you’re in luck, because in the last few years, the Rockets have been gracious enough to let the visiting team score at least 50 points at least three times in the past two seasons. Colorado, meanwhile, got embarrassed in its home opener against Colorado State. The momentum for both teams seem to be going in opposite directions (Toledo shows promise, while CU does not), but something tells me a letdown is in order, even though UT head coach Tim Beckman knows a thing or two about beating Big XII teams.
The Sportsbook Spread: Colorado by 4
My Spread: Colorado by 13
BGSU at No. 25 Missouri, 7 p.m. Saturday
Speaking of getting thumped by Big XII teams, the trend of BGSU claiming victory over teams coached by Gary Pinkel will likely end on this night. Even though the Falcons beat the Tigers in ’01 and ’02, that was a long time ago when Urban Meyer was just a hip young coach with a dream as big as the sky. The way the Falcons played against Troy was quite surprising to me, but don’t expect any 31-point streaks against fierce competition. Expect Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert to have a field day.
The Sportsbook Spread: Missouri by 20
My Spread: Missouri by 16
Feel free to play along in the comments.