This could have actually happened. The 16th-ranked Miami Hurricanes could have beaten visiting Savannah State by, say, 61-3 on Saturday night and, somewhere, a losing bettor would have been cursing UM and coach Al Golden for whatever smidgen of mercy might have been evident even in such a rout.
See, Miami was favored by 60 points (no, seriously), so anybody betting the Canes to win by more than that amount (to “cover”) wanted nothing of sportsmanship. You didn’t want backups, you wanted blood.
Savannah State has made quite a cottage industry of selling itself as a punching bag. Last year, the Tigers lost to Oklahoma State 84-0 and to Florida State 55-0 — the latter score kept down only because the game was called by lightning in the third quarter, the bolts cast by a merciful God (or one who’d bet the under).
This time it was Miami’s turn to be firm yet gentle with an opponent that is 18-104 since 2002 and has no business sharing a field with major college powers. They do it for money, of course. Savannah State cleared about $350,000 from this trip, a major chunk of its annual budget.
UM in turn gets a stats-padding, polls-pleasing victory and a chance for reserves to play.
FIU was in a similar spot Saturday, but on the wrong end, a 42 1/2-point underdog at No. 7 Louisville.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins face a typical NFL alley fight Sunday, thrilled to win by one point. (No Savannah States work Sundays although the Jacksonville Jaguars are getting there.)
College football demeans itself when the betting point spreads climb into the 40s, 50s, 60s and even beyond. You don’t see such hopeless long-shots anywhere else.
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The modern, lesser incarnations of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and New York Cosmos met Saturday at Lockhart Stadium for first time since 1983. I’d rather watch the originals play. I mean now, with all the guys in their 50s or older.
The Texans’ Arian Foster admitted he got paid while playing at Tennessee. OK, this is getting ridiculous. Let’s start assuming all college football players get paid and make it newsworthy only if they don’t.
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