Taking Bets – College action on NFL opening day

So last Thursday we took a pretty bad beat in this column. It was definitely not the way to start our season. We missed an extra point in the first quarter which we knew would come back to bite us in the ass on a 35 point spread. But it seemed like it wouldn’t when the Badgers went up by 48 near the end of the 3rd quarter. Alas UNLV scored 14 unanswered points to pull within 34. Even as the clock ticked down to less than a minute left, it seemed we had a chance as Wisconsin had a 4th down in field goal range. The announcers declared that there was no good reason to kick a field goal in that spot so they applauded Wisconsin for getting a new first down at that point, but I heavily disagreed with the move.

This Thursday, we are gonna do it again. I love the square move again for Arizona at Oklahoma State tonight. The Cowboys and Wildcats had two of the best offensive performances in the nation last week. They combined to score over 100 points. The 2 QBs combined for 800 yards passing and 8 touchdowns. This game has shootout written all over it. Although I am pretty sure that they don’t play defense west of the Mississippi River so all Big 12 (11? 10? I can’t keep track these days) and Pac 10 (12? 14? same problem) games should be shootouts. This game has a monstrous 65 as the over/under and we are taking the over. Oklahoma State averaged 45 points per game last season when you take out the game that Justin Blackmon was suspended for. No one in the country can stop Blackmon and the OKSTate offense, let alone the Arizona defense. This is probably the top offense in the country and they tend to get in shootouts. Don’t expect Sportscenter to come on at its normal scheduled time tonight. This game is going to have a lot of kickoffs and a lot of tv timeouts as these two teams will have the over covered by the end of the third quarter.

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