During a season that we weren’t sure should have been played, things have been rendered even more complicated for people outside the game, whether they’re just betting for fun or rely on it to make a living.
Results like this go beyond tough beats and into a realization that, in yet another way, this year is not normal.
The sport has been uniquely difficult to predict for those trying to find a reliable edge.
Simply put: We were behind the eight ball way before the season even started, according to Parker Fleming, a college football analyst and economist.
The difficulty in handicapping this season goes back months if you consider the type of offseason many teams had — or, more accurately, didn’t have — thanks to the pandemic.
Out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, 111 didn’t even make it halfway through their 14 allotted spring practices, and 40 percent, including blue bloods Alabama and Texas, didn’t get in even one spring practice.