If you need an example of a college football team willing to get mauled for a significant payday, look no further than Savannah State.
The Tigers are 60 point underdogs to Miami on Saturday, the third time they've been on the wrong side of a 60 point (or more) point spread since 2012.
Last season, Savannah State opened against Oklahoma State and the line on that game was a whopping 65.5 points before kickoff. Oklahoma State covered easily, 84-0. So the following week, Savannah State was even a bigger underdog against Florida State.
That line opened at 70 points and went down to a meager 65 by kickoff. But Savannah State covered this time, only losing to Florida State 55-0. The line against Miami Saturday opened at 55, but quickly shot up to 60 points.
Will Miami score at least 60 points to cover? They haven't scored over 60 since 2002. Your best play may be with Savannah State.
For both games last season, Savannah State took home $860,000. It'll make $375,000 against Miami. That's over $1 million for three likely blowouts. Given how hard it can be to balance an athletic budget at a school in the FCS, you can't blame Savannah State for taking the large paydays when they present themselves, can you?
We'll touch on it more in our weekly Spread Options post, but Savannah State is more the norm than the exception this week. Seven other games have lines of 40 points or more.