When these two teams played Nov 10th Ohio State was a 15.5 point favorite over the visiting Illini. Unknown to most fans and bettors, the Big 10 allowed an officiating crew that had allegedly been sanctioned by the league office (the Big 10 won’t comment on these matters) led by a referee who has had some big controversy in his personal life, and could be susceptible to outside influence, to call the game.
The LA Times reported yesterday that the Las Vegas oddsmakers are now looking into this game due to “disproportionate money bet” on the teams that benefited from the non-calls and bogus calls. Interesting.
We’ll see what, if anything happens from here. But it’s disappointing that college football is going to get a black eye on this one and draw into question officials calls due to outside influence. I’d prefer that practice to stay in the NBA!