Scratch tickets and taxi rides that take us just a few blocks up the street aside, there's simply no better way to burn money then on Super Bowl prop bets. Major hat-tip to The Dagger's Ryan Greene and @stevecofield on this one, as we would have never been in the loop on these great prop bets issued by Las Vegas Hilton Race and SportsSuperBook. As part of the book's 25 pages that lists hundreds of ways to act frivolous and careless, 11 propositions incorporated the college basketball world, and six were handicapped by our esteemed team of sharps.
Notre Dame points vs. Rutgers (-7.5) OR Mike Wallace receiving yards?
Notre Dame averages 73 points a game, and the Scarlet Knights yield just under five made three-point field goals to their opponents. If Ben Hansbrough gets hot, the Irish could go for 80+ - a reception yard number I don't think you can bank on Wallace getting in a game that doesn't lend it self to an air-it-out approach.
Rutgers points vs. Notre Dame (-11.5) OR Donald Driver receiving yards?
Driver is the consummate possession receiver, as consistent as any wideout in the league. But he's only averaging 47 yards/game this post season, and as inconsistent as the Scarlet Knights are (averaging 66 points a game in Big East play), they're getting a thick cushion on this spread.
Kalin Lucas points + rebounds + assists vs. Wisconsin (Pick) OR Ben Roethlisberger completions?
Given what we have seen out of East Lansing in the past few weeks, not a snowball's chance in hell I am throwing money on anything that requires a Michigan State player to stuff the stat sheet.
Durrell Summers points vs. Wisconsin (Pick) OR Packers + Steelers 4th quarter points?
Summers was held to three points when the Spartans hosted the Badgers last month. With this game being played in the Kohl Center, I have a hard time thinking he's a lock to reach double figures on Saturday.
Jared Sullinger points vs. Minnesota (-3.5) OR Brandon Jackson receiving yards?
I could see a Packers back picking up a 25-30 yard gain over the middle because of good coverage by the Steeler secondary. Problem is, it may be James Starks or even John Kuhn in on the play. Sullinger getting points is the much more sure thing here.
William Buford points vs. Minnesota OR Rashard Mendenhall longest rush (-1.5)?
Mendenhall has established himself as a sure-fire first round fantasy back next season, but he had the third lowest yards per rush statistic (3.7) among the NFL's 17 1000+ yard rushers this season. He's more of a nibbler, and Buford has scored in double figures in all but five of Ohio State's games this season.