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Don’t try to be a hero. Always kick it deep if you’re covering.
Ole Miss fell victim to this dilemma on Saturday, when the Rebels let their backers down in so many ways.
We’re recapping that beat and all the worst beats of Week 11 here. If we missed any, let us know on Twitter @ActionNetworkHQ.
Ole Miss Spread vs. Texas A&M
- The Line: Ole Miss +13
- The Score: Texas A&M 24, Ole Miss 21
- Time Left: 7 minutes, 18 seconds
- Final Score: Texas A&M 38, Ole Miss 24
There are a number of places you could start the “time left” in this game, but let’s go back to about seven minutes remaining. Ole Miss had fourth-and-2 from the A&M 5-yard line, but opted to kick a field goal to tie it. Luke Logan missed a 22-yarder, and the Aggies marched 80 yards to score to go up 31-21.
The Rebels responded with a field goal to make it 31-24 and tried the onside kick with less than two minutes left instead of kicking it deep, even with three timeouts. The Aggies recovered and ran 46 yards for a touchdown on the first play to cover -13.
To add insult to injury, Ole Miss was marching down the field to backdoor this line, and was even aided by a targeting penalty on A&M, but came up short.
Duke Spread vs. North Carolina
- The Line: Duke -10
- The Score: Duke 42, UNC 28
- Time Left: 5 minutes, 16 seconds
- Final Score: Duke 42, UNC 35
This game was close throughout, so if you bet Duke, you can’t be too upset. But Blue Devils backers had their bets won, it seemed.
With UNC driving down 42-28, Duke had a pick-six overturned by replay, then the Tar Heels finished the drive to make it 42-35. It went from a 21-point game late in the fourth to a one score game with one review.
Florida Spread vs. South Carolina
- The Line: Florida -6
- The Score: Florida 35, South Carolina 31
- Time Left: 1 minute, 40 seconds
- Final Score: Florida 35, South Carolina 31
The Gators needed a monster second half to just win this game, so anyone who bet them shouldn’t have expected a cover.
After South Carolina threw an interception with three minutes left, Florida killed some clock, then Jordan Scarlett carried to the 2-yard line with 1:40 to play. Instead of punching it in, Dan Mullen had his offense took three knees to run the clock out. With a few more seconds left, Florida would have needed to run a few plays.
LSU Spread vs. Arkansas
- The Line: LSU -13
- The Score: LSU 24, Arkansas 17
- Time Left: 50 seconds
- Final Score: LSU 24, Arkansas 17
Nick Brossette had his team’s best intentions at heart when he — not once, but twice — went down inside the Arkansas 10-yard line instead of scoring to cover LSU -13.
Just like Todd Gurley in the NFL two weeks ago, Brossette broke a big 16-yard run and could have walked into the endzone, but went down so the Tigers could run out the clock. Instead of taking a knee to run out the clock, they gave it to him again, and it looked like he went down on purpose at the 1-yard line.
You gotta feel for this guy, who lost a nearly 100-1 parlay because of that.