Saturday, December 08, 2007

Vegas: The BCS Goofed Again

If Las Vegas called the shots, the third- and fourth-best teams in the land would not be playing in the scam known as the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Oddsmakers say Ohio State and Louisiana State — a combined 2-2 in their last four games — don't deserve to be anywhere near New Orleans.

"It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen this year," MGM Mirage sportsbook director Robert Walker told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We won't know who the best team in the country is, and we certainly won't know after Ohio State and LSU play.

"If [the Tigers] beat Ohio State, there's no way you can say they're the best team in the country, not with a straight face."

Oddsmakers say the teams that deserve a title shot are USC and Oklahoma. Walker would make the Trojans a 1.5-point favorite over the Sooners.

"I still think USC would be favored over any team on a neutral field," he said.


Anonymous said...

If I've said it once, I've said it a dozen times this season: oddsmakers always give the Trojans unnecessarily high spreads to cover. They're gonna be favored by 17 or some high number like that, their D will play fine but their offense will sputter, and they'll win by 10-13. It's happened all season.

Anonymous said...

It's best to listen to Vegas, because the odds makers were so obviously right about Michigan being a 7 point favorite against Florida on a neutral field last year before the BCS games. I don't even know why the system let the Gators play the Buckeyes; Vegas had already decided they were the best team.