Late Saturday evening in the sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas, there were some Notre Dame fans anxiously waiting out the end of the game at Stanford. For a brief, fleeting moment, they entertained the prospect of the Fighting Irish not only covering as 4-point road underdogs, but winning outright and staying firmly in the college football playoff conversation.
Then the Cardinal got a last-second field goal to pull out a 38-36 victory. The Irish bettors still got to cash their tickets, but they weren’t nearly as eager to talk, disconsolate over Notre Dame blowing its chance at a national title run.
So it required finding someone else excited to discuss a better outcome. Like Florida State fan Tyler Ackland, who was watching the final seconds tick off in the Seminoles’ dominating 27-2 victory over rival Florida at the Swamp.
“I’m not a big gambler, but when you’re here in Vegas and you can bet, you might as well, and especially if you can bet your home team,” said Ackland, a Florida State graduate.
Ackland was in Las Vegas from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for the long holiday weekend, celebrating Thanksgiving and his 28th birthday with girlfriend Brittany Brockel and his mom and step-dad. He got down a straight bet on Florida State, and a two-team parlay of the Seminoles at -2.5 and Louisiana State at -5 in its game against Texas A&M.
He was a little surprised at the Noles being 2.5-point road chalk, but it didn’t cause much hesitation.
“Absolutely, I didn’t think it was any problem, -2.5, that’s too easy,” he said. “But I don’t know if I would have bet it if it was -3.”
- U (PHI at NE)
December 6, 2015 – 4:25 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ Under 48.5 -105
The New England Patriots were not happy with the way they lost in Denver last week, and they are all banged up heading into this Sunday’s game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. As bad as the Eagles have been this year, they still have plenty to play for sitting just one game out of first place in the NFC East. I expect to see a close low scoring game, and the total looks way too high.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Injuries – The Pats have a decimated receiving corps with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson all going down in recent weeks. Rob Gronkowski is expected to miss a couple weeks with a knee injury, leaving Brady with what amounts to a group of guys off the practice squad.
2. Eagles Offense – Regardless whether it is backup Mark Sanchez or starter Sam Bradford returning from injury, the Eagles passing game has not been very impressive. If they want to have any hope of upsetting the Patriots, they will need to run the ball here in New England.
3. X-Factor – The under is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
Selection: This is a play on PHI@NE to go UNDER the total (Free)
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