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.
And so we arrive at conference championship week for college football.
I mentioned to esteemed editor Jim Lohmar this week that I look like the Matt Luke of sports betting this season. I’ve got a 25-27-1 record including my bonus Twitter picks (@oneman2beatRCR), I love betting and I generally when losing just squint at the scoreboard calmly while a rage monster is eating me inside.
But with my back against the wall, I’m picking four games to pull off an amazing turn-around when it matters most. Four games, all conference championships, and four picks to try and finally have that perfect week to finish above .500.
Let’s go get some money.
Utah vs. Washington
Bet the Huskies to COVER (-5 points)
Washington beat Utah 21-7 earlier in the season and is coming off a big rivalry win in the Apple Cup against Washington State. Utah had all it could handle from a scrappy BYU squad last week in the Holy War. Both of these teams have had head scratching losses (UW to Auburn and Cal, Utah to Arizona State 38-20), but I believe the Huskies have been more consistent this season with their three losses combining for only eight points. They’ve got more than a touchdown in them.
Georgia vs. Alabama
Bet Bama to COVER (-13 points)
You most likely saw this insane stat this week: Bama became the first team since the vaunted 1888 Yale Bulldogs football team to win every game by 20 or more points. This includes the LSU Tigers who humiliated Georgia in Baton Rouge a month or so ago. Georgia has looked much sharper since then, and right now, UGA and Clemson would be the only teams I would even hazard predicting an upset of the Tide. However, Bama is just impossible to pick against this season. The Tide win by two touchdowns, and everyone is impressed with Georgia’s ability to hang in there, until they don’t.
Texas vs. Oklahoma
Bet Oklahoma to COVER (-8 points)
Kyler Murray just plays football for fun. He is going to go pro in baseball, make FU money and most likely never take a snap in the NFL. Also, he may even have a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. Texas meanwhile has been the story of the Big 12 in terms of turning around a once proud program from the dumpster fire Charlie Strong left behind. The Longhorns beat OU in the Red River Rivalry 48-45 this season, and with a conference championship and possible playoff spot on the line, I think the Sooners come out super hot and roll to two-possession win.
Memphis vs. Central Florida
Bet the OVER at 65 points
Yes, UCF’s quarterback went down with a really terrible leg injury last week, but the team averaged 43.6 points per game this season. Memphis also averaged over 40 points per game this year, and in their first match-up this year, UCF had a dramatic comeback win by one point to stun a Liberty Bowl crowd. I have no idea if UCF will cover -3, but I do know there will be a ton of points in this game. This is the lock of the week.
So where did we go wrong? Have you any faith in OMTB left? Tweet @RedCupRebellion or comment below with your picks.