6-2?! I’m wondering if Doug Marrone really has turned this program around. The defensive statistics say yes — things are significantly better — but right now the offense is really taking advantage of mistakes and getting a bit fortunate.
And surely the Big East is weaker this season, but who cares? The program and the fanbase are revitalized, and this team sure seems headed for its first bowl game in way too long.
Gambling: Tonight I’m taking the Texans +6. Brutal college football slate on Saturday. Took us below .500 for the first time in many weeks.
Year to Date: 25-26
Last night felt like an unsatisfying nibble of the big meal to come this weekend. Some fun college football matchups tomorrow, followed by Man Christmas on Sunday.
One note about last night’s game. According to the folks who operate this site, sports books in Vegas were getting over 75% of their action on Saints -5/-5.5/-6. And over 80% on the over. Lots of losers last night (this guy included on the over). It looks like they plan on keeping their service free for a time.
Pretty excited (foolishly, for certain) for Syracuse’s trip to Washington. Gametime is 7. This is the sort of game where you might be able to find a sign the team is turning a corner, even in defeat. Cuse are 14 point dogs, and that number is likely to go up.
And to give you some perspective on just how unlikely a victory is for this weekend… since 1964 Syracuse is 1-11-2 when they make road trips to the Pacific Time Zone (and that includes some teams that are obviously much better than this one). Washington is 23-2 at home against east coast teams in that same time frame.
So let’s hope for more improvement, and delight if a miracle should happen.
In related football news, it looks like the Big East will be adding Villanova to its football group very soon. Pretty exciting for Philadelphia are college football fans.