Posted on: August 18, 2009 11:06 am
Edited on: August 18, 2009 2:33 pm
OK, that you knew. But you didn't know that the Gators were favored by 73 in their opener.
That's news because you won't -- in fact, you can't -- find a line on the game in Vegas. That's because sports books don't list lines involving I-AA opponents.
"Charleston not a board team, not one of the 120 I-A teams," explained a spokesman for Las Vegas Sports Consultants, the company that largely sets the lines for some of the bigger sports books. "You might able to find it (a line) offshore somewhere."
The line comes from USA Today's Danny Sheridan who I think would post favorites in cockroach fights (or the odds of Rick Pitino impregnating someone within the last six years). Not to cast blame here. We are talking about the gaming industry, where there really are no heroes.
Anyway, my guy at LVSC says if there was a legit line on the game, Florida would be a 50-55 point favorite. Theoretically.
"It's against gaming regulations to post odds on a non-board team," he said.
Thank God, there is some purity left in Las Vegas.
Posted on: August 24, 2008 12:14 pm
It used to mean something. Now we get news a week before the opener Hurricanes' starter Robert Marve has been suspended for a game.
The Miami quarterback position might not have been this unsure in the last 20 years. Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, it needs all the momentum it can get. In a way, it's kind of refreshing that coach Randy Shannon came down this hard after a forgettable incident last October. Freshman Jacory Harris will start in the opener against Charleston Southern. That means Marve will get his first start at Florida on Sept. 6. Good luck with that.
Check the bottom of the story. There may be some more suspensions coming. I don't know about you but I'm staying with Shannon for as long as I can if this thing starts to turn bag. Although it's easy to suspend a quarterback for a punching bag like Charleston Southern, Miami football is in a frail spot right now. It needs to get Marve as many snaps as possible. It will hurt the Canes that their No. 1 quarterback will make his debut in The Swamp.
How many coaches would have ignored last fall's incident or made the offender run stadium steps? A lot. Randy Shannon stands for something besides winning.