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Florida State favored by 70.5 points on Saturday — the largest spread in college football history

Sep 6, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT


“Hello, Vegas? Give me Savannah State and the 70.5 points, please.” That’s what you could be saying sometime between now and kickoff, if you have the nerve … and if Vegas sports books took phone calls. Yes, Florida State is favored by 70.5 points over Savannah State on Saturday, which according to oddsmakers is the largest spread in the history of college football. Which really means the history of Vegas.

Previous record? The 60 points Northern Colorado got for their game with Hawaii in 2007. (Hawaii won, 63-6 … so did not cover).

You can bet up to $5,000 on the game with Cantor Sportsbook in Las Vegas, according to the Los Angeles Times. Your move, Floyd Mayweather.

But here’s something you should probably consider: Last week, Savannah State lost to Oklahoma State, 84-0.

But that’s not even the biggest margin of victory in college football history — not by a long shot. The record is Georgia Tech over Cumberland, 220-0, in 1916. Wonder what the point spread would have been for that one?

“I’ll take Cumberland and the 195 points, please.”


  1. tigersgeaux - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Like Colorado, I think Florida State will win, but will not cover. For the fans of Florida State I know they would be taking the bet that this point spread would not be covered either. That is a huge amount of points for any team to put on the scoreboard. Savannah State seems to be the “beating boy” this season.

  2. t16rich - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Coach has too much class. Florida State by 63.

  3. manchestermiracle - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Savannah State has been a loser in every level of collegiate football. When is the NCAA going to get wise and put in a rule that FBS plays FBS? And when are ADs going to wise up and realize that scheduling exhibitions against the dregs of lower divisions does nothing for their strength-of-schedule ranking? If you feel the need to put someone on your schedule who isn’t in your league, at least find a good team to play. Sheesh.

  4. chumthumper - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I heard they’re only getting a measly $400 grand for the game.

    • t16rich - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Exactly. There is a reason behind these games and it’s business. I highly doubt Savannah State is excited to get a beat down again, but I guarantee the athletic department is excited about the $800,000 they’ve recieved over the past 2 weeks for beat down games. The athletic director even admits that $800,000 will last longer than the embarrassment. Easy for him to say as he isn’t on the field. Here is a solid article looking into both sides of the argument.

      • manchestermiracle - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        I wonder where that money is going to go. Better athletic facilities? So players humiliated on the field can take a feel-good hot tub session? If college athletics is a thinly-disguised form of prostitution, then Savannah State is the whore of the year.

        • t16rich - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:37 AM

          True, but that makes Oklahoma St and Florida St the creepy “johns” who are using them.

          • manchestermiracle - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

            Aye, good one.

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    So can we consider FSU’s inevitable victory hollow if they can’t beat the snot out of SS by at least as much as OSU did? Who’s next on these “powerhouse’ FBS schools’ agenda? A local high school?