October 27, 2012

The Money Bet of the Century | Week 9

Money Betters-

The MBOC is back after our Bye week last week, a mandatory break that Vegas makes us take each year because they need a chance to win back some of their money from people who are winning cash by reading the Money Bet of the Century.

Unfortunately, two weeks ago, we missed the Kansas State game by 1 point. True, K-State went on to win the game but---in this case---it was just one point shy of hitting its mark.

This week, we'll pick a game that will make up for that unfortunate miss.

This game doesn't fall far from the MBOC's Corporate Headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The game is an epic battle between Oregon State vs. Washington.

I'll never forget this same game in 2000. Oregon State came marching up to Husky Stadium looking like the best team in the country.Who would have knownn that the team, led by Dennis Erickson (who has coached almost every single college team in the country) would graduate so many players to the NFL. On that roster were all-star recievers TJ Houshmandzadeh, Chad 'Ocho Cinco' Johnson and running back Steven Jackson. A true all star cast.

Oregon State's famous Sara Jean Underwood
But the Huskies were ready to play this game tough, and assembled a tough (and at that time #11 ranked team) to face off against the Beavs. Coug-Killer Cody Pickett came out slinging the ball and Oregon State fell 30-33 in a late 4th Quarter field goal by UW. It was their only loss on the season that year, as Oregon State went on to face off against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, crushing the Irish 41-9 in Sun Devil Stadium. What could have been, Oregon State....what could have been. Take back that loss and this star-studded Oregon State team would have gone on to win the National Championship.

This year, the Huskies will be no match for the (very similarly) undefeated Beavs....and they aren't going to be playing a #11 ranked Husky Team (who is fresh off an ass-whooping last week down in Tucson where they lost to the Arizona Wildcats 52-17)

University of Washington girls....in the library
The self-admittedly steady Keith Price will get the game ball for Washington. He's had a pretty decent season throwing for 1336 yards and 8 touchdowns. He'll be looking downfield for Sammamish's own Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. One has to wonde what will happen if Austin Seferian-Jenkins meets a woman who is independent and decides she wants to hyphenate her last name. Maybe they will produce another athelete sone with a name like James Seferian-Jenkins-Jones??? More on that in 20 years.

Oregon State comes into this game being a prolific passing offense (currently #15 in the country, with an average 310 passing yards per game). Pleasanton, California's Sophomore QB Sean Mannion is looking wholesome and fresh this season  (subtle nod to Safeway, whose corporate headquarters are also in Pleasanton, CA) with 1358 yards and 7 TDs. His primary target, who the MBOC predicts will have 2 touchdowns today, will be Markus Wheaton. So far Markus has had a great year, catching 6 TD passes for 654 yards. Turncoat Desmond Trufant (whose much more well known brother, Marcus Trufant attended Washington State University and went on to an illustrious career in the NFL) will have to have a game and coordinate a defensive shutdown of the Mannion/Wheaton.

But it won't be enough to replicate a 2000 victory for UW......the line on this game is Oregon State by 3.5....and they'll post up a 10 point victory in Seattle!!!!!! Now go lay a bet (and don't forget to vote in the upper right hand corner)


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