On Aug. 1, 2018, betting on sports became legal in Mississippi. Federal and state law now protect your God-given right to drive to Biloxi and blow hard-earned money on the over/under of some Tuesday night MAC game. To help guide you through the first season of legal college football gambling (because you certainly weren’t taking advantage of gray-area internet gambling sites before!), we’ve set up this weekly betting guide.
We’re needing a “Moneyball” type re-thinking — we’re sitting at 13-17 on the season, broke and needing a turnaround before I have to buy groceries next week.
It’s time to go 4-0 this week. Pick them all perfect. We have only had one 3-1 week so far, so we’re throwing out three decades of college football knowledge and intuition and just letting it fly.
Here. We. Go.
Miami (OH) at Army West Point
Bet Army to COVER (-8)
Support the troops, you guys. Army is rocking a 4-2 record, including an overtime loss to the world famous Oklahoma dadgum Sooners. Miami (OH) is playing its eighth week in a row, sits at 3-4 with all three wins coming against conference foes. The Black Knights sit at 2-0 at home for the season with a win over Hawaii, who is already bowl eligible at 6-2. I think Army rolls to a two touchdown or more win with their triple-option offense running all over the Redhawks.
Virginia at Duke
Bet Duke to win (-275 money line)
Virginia shocked Miami (FL) last week, 16-13, to notch its first top 25 win since the Battle of Bull Run (I think). They are completely set up for a letdown game with an early kick on the road against Duke. The Cavaliers have two losses — both on the road — and the Blue Devils are sitting at 5-1 with a loss to enigma Virginia Tech. Duke should win this game, but it will most likely be closer than it should be.
Alabama at Tennessee
Bet the OVER at 57 points
Bama is averaging 53 points per game, and while Tennessee’s defense has shown some improvement, their offense can’t consistently string together success. This game also marks Jeremy Pruitt vs. Nick Saban as defensive minded coaches who probably don’t really hate each other but all their fans want to kill the opposing fans. There’s a fat 29-point line on this game, so no one would be shocked to see a 49-17 win here. Bama has won this game every year since 2007, with an average margin of victory at 24.5 points.
Mississippi State at LSU
Bet the UNDER at 45 points
Get into a time machine — we’re headed to 1983. This game is going to be run heavy, run first, and run often. The game may end up being over in less than two hours because the clock may never really stop moving. The last three years in this series would have hit the under at 45 points. This year’s version of MSU is more defensive minded and offensively conservative to boot. LSU is going to be primed for a letdown after a highly emotional game against Georgia last week. This could easily be a 17-14 LSU win, with the Tigers scoring a late TD to crush Bulldogs everywhere.
So what did we get right or wrong? What are you putting your entire paycheck on this week? Comment or tweet @RedCupRebellion to give us your picks.