On Aug. 1, 2018, betting on sports became legal in Mississippi. Federal and state law now protects your God-given right to drive to Tunica 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.
Oh baby, we’re back after another 2-2 week. We’re really killing the betting game this year, you guys. Nothing quite like the thrill of breaking even. It’s kind of like eating a well-done steak.
The back-breaking losses from last week came at the hands of an inept Ole Miss offense who could’ve helped us cover an over with a FIELD GOAL and a Georgia Tech team who lost by fuve at Pitt (24-19) after being down 21-0 at half. Thanks to both programs for continuing decades-long traditions of disappointing people.
Sitting at 7-7 on the season is not helping any of us get to Barbados any sooner. You could invest in Berkshire Hathaway futures and be mega rich in about 30 years, but where’s the fun in that?
WE WANT THAT MONEY RIGHT NOW. LET’S GO GET IT.
Florida at Tennessee
Bet the OVER at 44 points
Remember when this game was a CBS Game of the Week and decided the SEC East champion? I do. We are far, far, far from that period of dominance. This game might end up being an embarrassing display for the East if they can’t break a 44 point over. This game has been under 44 points only twice in the last nine meetings—that’s a good enough trend for me. FURTHER MORE since 1990, this rivalry has averaged more than 46.6 points per game over 28 contests.
Mississippi State at Kentucky
Bet the UNDER at 56 points
MSU’s combination of nasty defense and a newly honed offense under first year head coach Joe Moorhead has folks in Starkville thinking nine or 10 wins this year. They are really precocious every year aren’t they? The Wildcats might have their best team in a very long time under the less famous Stoops brother at the helm. A win in the Swamp by 11 is nothing to glaze over, and running back Benny Snell would be a factor on most teams in the SEC. This is going to be a fantastic football game, and I’m taking the Bulldogs to win by a 31-21 kind of margin. Six out of the last nine years, this under would have hit in this game, so take the bet and go buy something nice when you win.
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Take South Carolina at -140
South Carolina looked awful against Georgia, and Vanderbilt looked pretty solid against Notre Dame save some turnovers that ultimately killed their chances of the upset. So why do we go SC here over the surging ‘Dores? A week off due to Hurricane Florence cancelling a home game vs Marshall should have given the Carolina coaching staff plenty of time to prepare for this game. SC’s defense is going to show up in a big way against Vandy, cause multiple turnovers again and lead the ‘Cocks to a much needed conference win. SC is 23-4 all time vs. Vanderbilt and currently has a nine game winning streak on the ‘Dores.
Kent State at Ole Miss
Bet Ole Miss to cover the 29-point spread
The Golden Flashes are going to put up some points. Wall have to be fairly confident in this after three weeks of opponents scoring 27 points or more on Ole Miss. But Kent State’s defense is reportedly also not very good. Plus, you’ve got to feel like DK Metcalf, AJ Brown and the Ole Miss offense led by Jordan Ta’amu were embarrassed last week against Alabama. Food for thought: the last time Ole Miss played a team from the current Mid-American Conference was in 1993, the Rebels beat Northern Illinois 44-0.
What bets are you placing this weekend? What did we get wrong? Comment or tweet @redcuprebellion with your extremely hot takes. I’d wish you luck, but you wouldn’t know what to do with it if you got it.