I bet you can’t guess the best thing about the Bowl Championship Series. I’ll give you two dollars if you guess correctly. Tell you what, I’ll give you four to one odds. In fact, why don’t you get together with the people in your office and put a pool together. Use confidence points.
I’d wager you get the point. Betting on the big games has become such a big part of college football that I’m stunned Slick Rick Neuheisel hasn’t turned full-time bookie. The issue here is that the BCS does not, on the surface, recommend, promote, or condone betting. Yet, the BCS practically requires us to put money on many of these games in order to make them even remotely watchable.
Take a look at a couple crap matchups we have to see this year. Northern Illinois versus Florida State. NIU lost to 4-8 Iowa to begin the season, and Florida State lost to 7-5 North Carolina State. Who outside of the states of Florida and North Carolina are watching this game? Actually, I’d be surprised if many students of those school watch this game. Northern Illinois? Really? BCS? I’d rather watch a striptease video of Susan Boyle.
How about the BCS game featuring Florida? They’re ranked third in the country and have a relentless defense. And their matched up against the powerhouse that is…well…Louisville. If I thought this was a competitive matchup I hope somebody would feel obliged to beat me over the head with one of those bats that Louisville is so famous for manufacturing.
What do we do when left with two awful games out of five? We put money on the game so that we are compelled to watch. We break the law, office friendships, and family bonds to make the season bright. Thank goodness Duck fans have the best bowl game matchup of the season, and the natty should be worth watching wager free as well. Save your money on those games. They’ll be plenty of fun without your lunch money on the line.