Savannah St getting 70 1/2 points vs Florida St

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“You know they’ll want to be healthy for their conference games,” the oddsmaker pointed out. “That said, Florida State’s backups are better than Savannah State’s starters. I don’t expect them to stop scoring.”

In the locker room immediately after getting blown out by Oklahoma State, Davenport questioned the wisdom of scheduling such a mismatch, no matter what it meant to the school financially. He has softened his stance since then, but still worries about sending the little team that couldn’t against such a vastly superior squad for the second week in a row.

“It’s almost like the parent of a Little Leaguer,” the coach said. “You’re more concerned than the kid is. The kid just wants an opportunity. And that’s what our kids want, an opportunity to show themselves in a better light.”

There’s nowhere to go but up.

Savannah State is one of the worst teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, going 4-72 against teams from that lower-level division. They’ve lost seven of their last 11 games by at least 30 points. The offense is basically nonexistent, having scored one touchdown in its last five games.

Now, they’re going up against a top-10 team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the best of the best.

That’s how you end up with the most lopsided spread in betting history.

Asked if he felt bad for Savannah State when he set the staggering line, Colbert said, “Part of me does. But part of me knows they are getting paid like a half-million dollars (actually, it’s $475,000) to play the game. That’s probably worth it. I’d go play for a half-million dollars.”

Savannah State receiver Simon Heyward tried to put another positive spin on facing the Seminoles.

“When it’s all said and done and I get out of college, I want to make it to the NFL,” he said. “It would be good to have some Florida State film on my highlight tape. This game is pretty big. Who knows? I might get some scouts looking at me if I ball out.”

Hmmm, that guy sounds pretty confident.

Maybe we should take the points.

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