Florida State Seminoles mascot Chief Osceola rears the horse Renegade during a game earlier this season at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA Today Sports)
R.J. Bell of Pregame.com — “the largest sports betting news website compliant with U.S. Law,” according to its disclaimer, as well as being on of the most media-quoted services around — points out that No. 3 Florida State is a 21-point favorite over visiting No. 7 Miami..
That’s the biggest point spread in history between undefeated Top 10 teams this late in the season, according to the wise guys.
Bell points out there are only two other instances of a double digit favorite when two undefeated Top 10 teams play this late in the season:
== No. 1 Texas, favored by 12 points, when hosting No. 7 Oklahoma State (on Oct. 25, 2008).
== No. 1 Miami, favored by 11 points, when playing No. 2 Ohio State in the 2002 BCS title game.
How’d those games turn out?
Texas won 28-24 behind Colt McCoy’s 391-yards passing.
And Ohio State won, 31-24 in double OT at the Fiesta Bowl.
So history has spoken: Take these Hurricanes and the points before this is bet down to a two-TD spread.
With BCS rankings and records where applicable:
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
== USC (5-3, 2-2) at Oregon State (6-2, 4-1), Friday at 6 p.m., ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell and Allison Williams)
== No. 20 UCLA (5-2, 2-2) vs. Colorado (3-4, 0-4), Rose Bowl, Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington, Ryan Nece)
PAC-12 WILLING PARTICIPANTS:
== Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3), Thursday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)
== Arizona (5-2, 2-2) at Cal (1-7, 0-5), Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Drea Avent)
No. 5 Stanford (7-1, 5-1) and No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) have a bye leading into their Thursday, Nov. 7 meeting at Stanford; Utah and Washington also have a bye week.
== No. 7 Miami (7-0) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0), 5 p.m., Channel 7 (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox)
== No. 21 Michigan (6-1) at No. 22 Michigan State (7-1), 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Channel 7 (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
== No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1), 4 p.m., Channel 11 (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink)
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