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)
BEST OF THE REST:
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: Cincinnati at Memphis (Dave Neal and Andre Ware)
== 4 p.m., ESPN: South Florida at Houston (Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Kaylee Hartung)
== 4:30 p.m., FS1: Rice at North Texas (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt and Kristina Pink)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Louisiana-Monroe at Troy (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Samantha Ponder)
(ESPN College GameDay launches at 9 a.m. is at Tallahassee, Fla., for the Miami-Florida State matchup, its 10th appearance on the FSU campus. FSU alum Lee Corso has picked the Seminoles to win during the nine previous visits — plus that rather embarrassing display of tribal dancing when he took the Seminoles to defeat Clemson two weeks ago. Those around him will likely be more thoughtful in their prediction presentation this time, you think?)
== 9 a.m., Channel 7: No. 24 Wisconsin at Iowa (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake)
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Illinois at Penn State (Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway and Paul Carcaterra)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: Virginia Tech at Boston College (Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Network: No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue (Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason, Eric Crouch)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Army at Air Force (Clay Matvick, Kelly Stouffer and Niki Noto)
== 9 a.m., ESPNEWS: Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central (John Sadak and Jay Walker)
== 9:30 a.m., CBS Sports Net: Southern Miss at Marshall (Ben Holden, Tom Bradley, Rashan Ali)
== 9:30 a.m., Prime Ticket: Wake Forest at Syracuse (Wes Durham, Brian Stann, Jenn Hildreth)
== 10 a.m., FSWest: Middle Tennessee State at Alabama-Birmingham (Mike Morgan, Brian Baldinger, JC Pearson)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: No. 8 Clemson at Virginia (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Jeannine Edwards)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 4: Navy at No. 25 Notre Dame (Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: Georgia vs. Florida at Jacksonville, Fla. (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
== 12:30 p.m., Big Ten Net: Northwestern at Nebraska (Eric Collins, Chuck Long, Jon Jansen)
== 12:30 p.m., Longhorn Net: Kansas at Texas (Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley and Kaylee Hartung)
== 12:30 p.m., FS1: Iowa State at Kansas State (Justin Kutcher, James Bates, Brady Poppinga)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPNU: West Virginia at TCU (Anish Shroff and Dan Hawkins)
== 1 p.m., CBS Sports Net: Hawaii at Utah State (Dave Ryan, Adam Archuleta, Evan Washburn)
== 3 p.m., ESPN2: No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor)
== 4 p.m., ESPN: Tennessee at No. 9 Missouri (Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech (Tom Hart, John Congemi and Dawn Davenport)
== 5 p.m., Prime Ticket, FS San Diego: New Mexico at San Diego State (Mark Neely, Sed Bonner,Jenny Cavnar)
== 5 p.m., CBS Sports Net: Boise State at Colorado State (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner)
== 6 p.m., ESPN2: UTEP at No. 12 Texas A&M (Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Jessica Mendoza)
== 7:30 p.m., ESPNU: Nevada at No. 16 Fresno State (Joe Davis and David Diaz-Infante)
Also: Games of interest at ESPN3 online:
== 9 a.m.: No. 17 Northern Illinois at UMass
== 9:21 a.m.: No. 14 South Carolina vs. Mississippi State
== 12:30 p.m.: North Carolina at North Carolina State
== 4:30 p.m.: Alabama State at Kentucky