Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Does Vegas Smell an October Hangover?

We've all heard of the hangover effect in sports. Partly, it's due to the fact that you have teams who play high-profile, emotional games with a lot of energy in front of a national audience where statements are trying to be made. The next week, the game isn't on national TV and nobody is excited.

Motivation is a huge factor in college football, as it is in many other sports, but in college football its even more so. Good teams typically don't play down to their competition and thus avoid the hangover effect all together. For instance, Auburn, coming off their huge win against Florida were only favored by a touchdown to Vandy before crushing them 35-7. Now, I'm not calling Auburn a "good" team but they are use to playing tough games.

However, when a team like Stanford, who were 41 point underdogs pull off one of the biggest upsets in College Football history, there has to be a hangover lurking around the corner. Even the handicappers in Vegas agree, which is why the Frogs are 5.5 point favorites this weekend. This speaks loudly to the credit of the hangover factor. As we all know, the Frogs haven't won a road game yet...now would be a great time to start.

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