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- The Florida Atlantic Owls entered Saturday's contest as 8-point favorites over Air Force.
- FAU took a 13-point lead into the the final minute ... and then the unthinkable happened for Owls backers.
Betting on college football is not for the faint of the heart, and we saw exactly why during today’s matchup between Florida Atlantic and Air Force.
This might take the cake for the worst beat of this young college football season.
Let’s set the scene: The Owls came into this game as 8-point favorites, and were en route to covering. They had a 33-20 lead in the final minute of the game.
Then, with just 57 seconds left, the unthinkable happened.
The Owls’ punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown.
Final Score: FAU 33, Air Force 27 and a horrible, horrible bad beat for FAU (-8) backers.
Make one successful punt, and the bet cashes. Instead, Air Force bettors (who were in the majority, accounting for 58% of the action) get to celebrate their miracle cover.
One last interesting tidbit about FAU coach Lane Kiffin, who has been notorious for trolling bettors. Case in point, last season when FAU played Marshall, the Owls closed -6.5 and lead Marshall 30-23 with just 14 secs left.
The Owls took an intentional safety instead of punting (yes, you read that right). Final score: 30-25, and a blown FAU cover.
Of course, an FAU spokesman late told ESPN’s David Payne Purdum that Kiffin was joking.
Stay tuned to Kiffin’s twitter page to see if he brings up today’s debacle.