First it was the 84-0 smokeshow against Oklahoma State in the opening week, and now Savannah State has set a record for futility in the college football betting market.
For the first time ever, there’s a 70-point spread on a football game in Las Vegas.
Cantor Gaming, which operates a series of sportsbooks both on and off the strip in Vegas, installed Florida State as a 70.5-point favorite over Savannah State this weekend.
Seventy-and-a-half. As in, 10 touchdowns and a shutout wouldn’t be quite enough to cover. You’d have to go for two one time.
On his ESPN radio show Thursday morning, Colin Cowherd went on a rant about how ridiculous this is. The reason we love the NFL, he said, is because even the worst teams have a chance. In college football, there’s pretty much no point in playing these types of games.
“This is awful,” Cowherd said. “That is terrible. It’s bad for the sport. It’s garbage. They’ve been an underdog by 138 points [in their first two games]. It’s like you’re putting kids in danger. It’s awful.”
Asked if he’d put money down on a 70.5-point spread, Cowherd said absolutely not. “No,” he laughed, “because then you’d have to watch the game.”
And that is precisely what’s wrong with games like this.