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Eastern Michigan achieved a historic victory over Rutgers on Saturday. It was their first win over a Power 5 team in 58 tries; their first win over a Big Ten team in 38 tries; and only their second non-conference road win since 1988. The other one was last year at Wyoming, meaning they didn't have one for 37 years.
Clinging to a 16-13 lead late, EMU's Brody Hoying (cousin of the former Ohio State quarterback Bobby) returned an interception to the Rutgers 5 yard line. Rutgers blocked a field goal, and then drove deep into Eastern Michigan territory. Rutgers had everything on its side: a long drive, a makeable field goal to at least tie the game, and a Big Ten officiating crew. But on 3rd and 8, an illegal hands to the face penalty pushed RU out of field goal range, and a sack ended the game.
For picking EMU to win outright - and not even at a premium, only +175 - c500zee wins Randolph and Mortimer Spite Bet of the Week.
Lots of big winners this week. Almost everyone picked Georgia over Notre Dame, and West Virginia to cover a measly 24 points against a hapless East Carolina team. Lots of games were cancelled due to the hurricane; this nullified a lot of bets. BullsOnParade96 missed a three-way parlay when Middle Tennessee knocked off Syracuse. For now, continue to email me any desired parlay bets.
The Floyd's Money Team Degenerate Bet of the Week goes to Defdans, for correctly taking the Under 73 in UNLV-Idaho. This was basically an FCS game; Idaho is dropping to the Big Sky Conference after this season; and UNLV lost to Howard last week. Well spotted.
Week 3 will be another optional week. You do not have to play, or take a bye week, due to the impending hurricane. Key national matchups include: Clemson-Louisville, one of the best and most defining games of last season; Wisconsin-BYU; and... Tennessee-Florida? Well, they're both Top 25, but this game hasn't felt relevant since Phil Fulmer coached in it.
In the AAC, lots of big non-conference games. USF is scheduled to host Illinois on Friday. Georgia Tech is at Central Florida. UConn is at Virginia. Memphis hosts UCLA. Local rivalry games SMU-TCU, Houston-Rice, and Cincinnati-Miami of Ohio are on. Tulane, which looked much improved at Navy last week, travels to Oklahoma. Tulsa visits Toledo in a matchup of very good, and high-scoring, G5 teams. Hapless East Carolina gets a visit from Top 25 Virginia Tech. Temple hosts UMass, in what was once a good basketball game. Navy is off.