(DISCLAIMER: This game is for entertainment purposes only. No actual money is being wagered.)
AndrewPina and GibbsAK took what seemed like a very reasonable bet: South Alabama -4.5 against Georgia Southern. GSU is 0-9, already fired their head coach, and has losses to UMass and New Hampshire. USA has wins over Sun Belt front runners Troy and Arkansas State, beat San Diego State and Mississippi State in recent years, and at 4-6, still had a bowl game to play for.
Georgia Southern won 52-0. Let me repeat that: an 0-9 team with an interim coach won its first game of the year 52-0, over a team capable of beating conference contenders. Wow, they must have really not liked their coach. For that spectacular bit of bad luck, I'll give AndrewPina and GibbsAK the Floyd's Money Team Degenerate Bet of the Week.
I didn't really see any spite bets this week. A lot of people even bet on C. to cover on the road against Temple, which they did easily.
Our big winner this week was ULhothot (158), who bet big on Memphis and Wake Forest. A lot of people bet big on USF to beat Tulsa by three touchdowns, which didn't work out as well. CarlZee (77.55) and jjlovecub (45) also had winning weeks to stay near the top.
McIntyre2K7's parlay of over-under plays barely missed, when Michigan-Wisconsin came up one touchdown short of the over. That would have given him a huge lead. Still haven't had a parlay hit this season.
As we all know, there are lots of rivalry games this weekend. Ours finally has an official name and trophy: the War on I-4. Which got me thinking: how many other rivalries have official names and trophies? Turns out there are a lot. Pretty much every matchup in the Big Ten has a name and/or stupid trophy. How many of the following can you identify? (HINT: All are FCS games scheduled for Thanksgiving week.)
- Palmetto Bowl
- Fremont Cannon
- Wagon Wheel
- Territorial Cup
- Heroes Game
- Apple Cup
- Paul Bunyan's Axe
- Commonwealth Cup
- Civil War/Platypus Trophy
- Iron Bowl
- Land of Lincoln Trophy (formerly Sweet Sioux Tomahawk)
- Governor's Cup (the one being played this weekend)
- Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
- Old Oaken Bucket
Once you're done Googling that up, take a look at the full slate of games. Top 25 matchups include Alabama-Auburn; Washington-Washington State; and Notre Dame-Stanford. Boise State plays the first of two consecutive games against Fresno State: a regular season game this week, and the Mountain West championship next week. Ohio State-Michigan will help decide the Big Ten East.
In the AAC, we all know what's at stake in Orlando. Memphis has already clinched the West, but needs to beat East Carolina to keep its Peach Bowl hopes alive. Navy plays Houston for second place in the West. Tulane and SMU play for third (tied with the Houston-Navy loser). Tulane also needs a win to go to a bowl game. Temple does as well, needing a win at Tulsa to reach 6-6. In the only game with between losing teams, UConn plays Cincinnati.