Sports books capitalize on the uniquely visceral lightening that flashes through a man's veins, boosting his laughably fragile ego with the most conspicuous of all male proclamations: I'm right / I win. [Its slightly less famous corollary, you're wrong / you lose, though satisfying, particularly when combined with pointing, laughing, and mockery - for example, when Michigan lost to Appalachian State - provides a different joy which falls just short.] Even better, gambling combines "I'm right" with "I win", creating an intoxicating gratification cocktail. It's delicious.
Good news, friends - the bar's now open. Vegas book 5 Dimes posted over/under win totals for most of...whatever the big boy football division calls itself now that there's a playoff. Below we've sorted the Big Ten squads into a handy table:
What's the first thing you notice? 5 Dimes didn't put a line on Penn State. Shameful. But here's Penn State's 2015 schedule of opponents, with each opponent's 2014 SRS*. Let's set our own line.
|9/5/2015||vs. Temple (Philly)||-2.23|
|9/26/2015||vs. San Diego St||-2.1|
|10/17/2015||at Ohio State||20.44|
|10/24/2015||vs. Maryland (Balto)||1.58|
*SRS stands for "Simple Rating System", and is a collage of pseudo-math with figures presented in hundredths to give the appearance of precision and legitimacy. A bigger number is good. 2014 Penn State's SRS was 2.46.
You're reading that schedule correctly, friends. Penn State plays 7 home games, just 3 road games, and 2 "neutral site" games (lol - they're in Philly and Bal'mer). Our Lions have faced tougher tests.