So I’ve spent most of the day watching the menagerie of college football games on television, although at this very moment I have the third game of the 2012 World Series on, waiting for the Notre Dame-Oklahoma game to resume from the halftime break.
There are currently 124 teams that play in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, which is what they call Division I football these day. So when you count the bowl games and conference championships, over 750 games are played over the course of a season. Over the course of those 750 games, the Las Vegas odds makers will usually make mistakes, which is why I think these games are so appealing to sports gamblers. The drawback is that you’re dealing with teams with 18-22 year old players on them is most cases.
An example of such a mistake is brewing right now as I type this in Norman, Oklahoma at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. Notre Dame, a school out of South Bend, Indiana, is having one of their best seasons in about a decade. They hold a 10-6 lead after the first half despite being 12 point underdogs and despite a key running back unable to play in the game due to injury. Notre Dame looks cool and confident, while the Sooners look agitated and trying to filibuster the officials for calls here and there.
As I go to publish this, the second half is just beginning. Interested to see how this game plays out. Ah, the volatility of college football.