The Money Bet of the Century is back after a two year hiatus. As most of you know, I was attending business school the last couple years. Between business school responsibilities and weekend Penn State football, I really slacked off in my publishing of The Money Bet of the Century.
For those of you that are first time readers, here's a brief history of the Money Bet of the Century. Sometime in early 1999, co-founder of The Money Bet of the Century (aka MBOC) Marc Cooperstein found himself in an interesting gambling quandary. In the hole to one of Washington State University's favorite bookies (Cody Woodruff), Marc saw the gambling line come out for the Washington State Cougars in their game versus Idaho. When Marc saw the line come out, he instantly proclaimed "What are the guys in Vegas smoking.....it's like 'FREE MONEY'. I've seen a lot of blown lines in my time, but this is THE MONEY BET OF THE CENTURY!". Already down $800 to Cody, Marc proceeded to put up the keys to his mid-80's BMW (about $2000) on the line. Later that day, when his 'Money Bet of the Century' did not cover, Marc was seen through a window in his room by himself silently and vigorously shaking his television set. Thus the legend of the Money Bet of the Century was born!!
Here at the Money Bet of the Century, our aim is to find you that one college football game each week that is the guaranteed, hands-down, sure-fire pick to win money.
This week, we're heading out to the Pac-10 to locate the Money Bet. With 342 yards and 5 touchdowns in the first 3 games of the season, Jacquizz Rodgers is a formidable Running Back in the Pac-10. He's also helped fantasy football players cash in this season, currently ranking 5th in the overall points in ESPN's college football fantasy Challenge. This week he is listed as probable, but inside information obtained from our field correspondents says he'll play and contribute inline with the type of performance he's had so far this season.
You don't have to look to far from the last name Rodgers to find another threat on the same team. Jacquizz's older brother, James has 19 receptions for 233 yards so far this season.
This gives Oregon State's QB Sean Canfield a couple of different potent weapons to consider. He struggled last week against Cincinnati, but the MBOC staff considers Cincinnati one of the sleeper teams that could run the table this year in college football.
Arizona comes to Reser Stadium this week after a disappointing road loss to Iowa. Probably some of the worst news for Arizona came out last week when they found out that their star Tight End Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season because of a strained back. 19-year old Sophomore Matt Scott from Corona, California will get the nod at QB for the Wildcats, who really haven't proven anything in the first 3 games of the season. An unconvincing win against Central Michigan University (19-6) and a slightly better effort at Northern Arizona (34-17) are all that reside on the resume of this mediocre Arizona Squad.
The line has Oregon State shaving out a win by only 1.5 at home, making this a damn near moneyline pick. You can bet the Beavers will come out gunning to open their first conference home opener. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers to chew up a ton of yardage against Arizona's week D-line, he'll have 3 touchdowns and around 120 yards. For the Money Bet this week....
Beavers by 10!!!