Apparently Florida 60, Generic Opponent 0 Will Be Disappointing

This is not a real line, so don't go out and try to bet it, because 1. ↵that would be horribly immoral (think about the children) and 2. you won't ↵even get the pleasure of defilement from the activities. But it makes ↵good copy: ↵
↵⇥[I]t came as a surprise a week ago when a point spread for Florida's ↵⇥game against Charleston Southern was posted by Danny Sheridan in USA ↵⇥Today. ↵⇥
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↵⇥Even more surprising was the spread: 73 points. Now, I do not gamble ↵⇥on sporting events, but I like to keep an eye on the point spreads ↵⇥as a matter of reference to see who is favored and by how many ↵⇥points. In nearly four decades of following the betting lines, I do ↵⇥not recall ever seeing such a point spread. ↵
↵If this was a real line you'd be rushing to bet on Charleston in the ↵hope that the line itself would chagrin Urban Meyer and company into ↵only pounding the Generic Mascots by 65, right? At some point it ceases ↵being a matter of running your offense and becomes one of basic human ↵decency, and that point hits well before nine touchdowns separate the two ↵teams. ↵

↵A Dr. Saturday fact-check actually brings the line in at -63, which is sure to comfort the Generic Mascots on gameday. ↵

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↵I'd like to be contrarian, ↵as per usual, ↵but I can't find any reaction other than the one both the article writer ↵above, who ends by comparing the game to feeding the Christians to the ↵lions, and Wizard of Odds proprietor Jay Christensen have already ↵offered: ↵

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↵⇥But seriously, isn't it about time the NCAA put an end to such games? ↵⇥... Aren't you tired of paying higher prices for tickets and getting ↵⇥less? And if you want decent seats, you have to give money to the ↵⇥alumni association. All this in the worst economic crisis since the ↵⇥Great Depression. What are you getting in return? Charleston ↵⇥Southern? ↵
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↵One man's answers: yes, yes, not much, and that's not a question. I ↵doubt you'll find a college football fan in America who would have ↵different answers. ↵

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↵It's a futile complaint, though. Sometimes public disapproval gets ↵results, as when the SEC was finally embarrassed into instituting a ↵28-member cap on its recruiting classes by Houston Nutt's 37-member Ole ↵Miss recruiting class, but there isn't a fake point spread in the world ↵that would spur that sort of self-evaluation. There's too much money at ↵stake. The NCAA could greatly improve the watchability of college ↵football non-conference games in any number of simple ways -- banning I-AA ↵games, limiting home games to seven in any one year, restricting ↵neutral-site matchups -- but they don't want to, and won't want to. Money ↵money money, as per usual, until congress comes calling about tax-exempt ↵status, at which point it's kids kids kids. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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