College football bettors are no strangers to big piles of chalk in the first few weeks of the season. But the 70.5-point spread for the Savannah State-Florida State game this Saturday is the Mt. Everest of pointspreads.
The monstrous line, posted by Cantor Gaming in Las Vegas, is being tagged as the largest spread ever for a college football game. Mike Colbert, sportsbook director for Cantor Gaming, says it’s the biggest number he can remember posting.
“It was an interesting line to make,” he told Covers.
Savannah State, which plays in the FCS, was thumped 84-0 by Oklahoma State as a 67.5-point underdog in Week 1 – the former largest NCAAF spread ever.
Colbert says his oddsmakers looked at that game and the fact that Florida State is a better team than OSU, eventually coming up with the opening number. Odds for FCS-FBS matchups don’t usually come out until the day before the games, but Cantor made an exception for this unique spread.
“We thought this was a little bit special, so we put it out early,” laughs Colbert. “I respect anyone who bets this game. You’ve got to have a little gambler inside you to bet this one.”
As for action on the 70.5 points, Colbert says 75 percent of the early money is on Savannah State. Cantor Gaming has set the wager limit at $10,000 for Saturday’s contest but has only received smaller wagers as of Thursday afternoon.
“I will tell you, the first two bets were on Savannah State,” Colbert says.
Check out a preview of the Savannah State-Florida State game here.