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Vegas expert: Buckeyes TD swung $100 million toward bettors

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald didn't care about the final touchdown. But some people did. (USATSI)
Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald didn't care about the final touchdown. But some did. (USATSI)
If you're an engaged college football fan, you probably know by now that Northwestern 's failed desperation lateral sequence on the final play of its 40-30 loss to Ohio State -- one that ended in the Buckeyes recovering a loose ball in the end zone for six "meaningless" points --may not have changed the outcome of the game, but did change the outcome of thousands of wagers nationwide.

The Buckeyes were anywhere from 5.5- to 6.5-point favorites, meaning that touchdown suddenly swung the against-the-spread result from a Northwestern cover to an Ohio State victory. And with the Buckeyes one of the most popular wagers on the board for last Saturday, that touchdown wound up being very bad news for oddsmakers.

How bad? Noted Las Vegas sports gambling expert R.J. Bell explained to CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman:

That is quite the bad beat for the house, to use the gambling parlance. But even that $100 million figure obscures the true fallout from the Buckeyes' fortunate cover: that Man has finally reclaimed the standings lead over Woman in Tom Fornelli's weekly Man vs. Woman vs. Machine pick-off.

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