It’s understandable if Georgia and Georgia Tech fans are biy down (angry) these days about the fortunes of their teams. So I’m going to suggest a nice little diversion for you this week, a matchup surely to unify the masses: Bill Curry vs. Nick Saban.
I mean, come on. Do you really have to think about this?
Curry goes back to Tuscaloosa, where he once had a brick thrown through his office window, Thursday night when his Georgia State Panthers visit Saban and Alabama. It’s believed to be the first time a first-year program has played a defending national champion.
So I had to ask: What are the odds?
Since Las Vegas sportsbooks don’t post official point spreads on games involving Division 1-AA (FCS) teams, I checked with my man, Todd Fuhrmann, of the Caesars Palace sportsbook to set an artificial line. His number: 42½ points. While Caesars won’t take accept wagers, some online sportsbooks will post odds in the next day or so and the line figures to be similar.
So 42½, eh? Saban figures to pull his starters at some point because the Tide just played Saturday. He’ll want them rested for the Auburn game next week. So the line’s a little tempting.
Here’s Fuhrmann’s lopsided analysis: “I look for Nick Saban to take his foot off the gas late and use a very vanilla offense in preparation for the Iron Bowl. The biggest question for Georgia State backers is will the clock run out before Bama has a chance to roll up nearly 450 rushing yards against the Panthers’ smaller defensive front. There’s about a 30-pound [per player] difference up front so [Mark] Ingram and [Trent] Richardson will be running down hill.”
Seriously, though: I’ll have a column on Curry posted later today. He was pretty revealing the other day when we spoke about how much he’s changed as a person since his obsessed coaching days at Alabama and Kentucky, and the sobering moments with his family that brought it all home.
Until then, what do you think: Is 42½ points enough?
At the very least, can I assume most folks will adopt State as their team for one night?