Whoever had the audacity to swipe Deion Sanders’ belongings last weekend did a terrible thing. And, let’s be honest, a helpful thing.
Because if not for the temporary theft of Sanders’ watch and wallet (he got the items back a short time later), how many people would have even known that Coach Prime’s team was playing real games this spring?
Unfortunately Jackson State (1-0) won’t play this weekend because of a COVID-19 outbreak affecting opponent Mississippi Valley State.
Hey it’s like Spring MACtion, but Friday-Sunday.
Here are five intriguing betting opportunities.
North Dakota State moneyline (-800) at Southern Illinois: Normally we wouldn’t consider laying $800 to make a $100 profit, but North Dakota State is no ordinary team. The Bison have won 39 straight games, the third longest Division I streak following Washington (40, from 1908-14) and Oklahoma (47, from 1953-57). If you want to be a rebel, the Salukis are +550 to win and 16.5-point underdogs despite the over-under of just 44.5.
Youngstown State +6.5 vs. Northern Iowa: Youngstown has a rich history (Jim Tressel was at the helm for four national titles in the ‘90s) and a cool stadium nickname: “The Ice Castle,” home to the Penguins. But coach Bo Pelini had a losing conference record from 2015-19, and the Penguins fell to North Dakota State 25-7 in the opener. They’re catching nearly a touchdown at home against a Northern Iowa team that lost a close one to South Dakota State in its opener.
Missouri State (-5) at Western Illinois: Speaking of great nicknames, players at the school in Macomb, Ill., answer to the Leathernecks. (It’s an homage to a slang term for members of the United States Marine Corps.) Western Illinois added an intriguing transfer in the fall: running back JaTarvious Whitlow, who led Auburn in rushing in both 2018 and 2019.
Pointsbetting McNeese State game points (over 35): The school of 7,000 undergrads in Lake Charles, La., drew attention for its season-opening victory over Tarleton. Why? Because Cody Orgeron scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime. The son of LSU coach Ed Orgeron, Cody leads his Cowboys on Saturday against Incarnate Word. McNeese is an 11.5-point favorite, and its pointsbetting over is 35. Pointsbetting works as a multiplier. If you bet $10 and McNeese scores 45 points, you win $100.
SE Louisiana-Sam Houston State (total 54): I’m closing with this game for no other reason than that it’s alone in the 7 p.m. ET time slot and available on ESPN+. And, yes, it’s football. So take the over or under because you (and I) have no clue about any of the players.