Will Cover’s Line: GVSU -10.5
Legendary Football Handicapper, Hillsdale College grad, and self-proclaimed Hillsdale Football Historian, Will Cover, was right on the “MARK” with his outright underdog call on the Chargers over Minnesota State by THREE POINTS in their 27-24 OT road win last Saturday at Mankato!
As Lawrence Berra (aka Yogi) once said, “it was like Déjà vu all over again” and eerily similar to another post-season road win for the Chargers in 1985. Hillsdale (and Will) traveled to Grand Junction , Colorado to take on Mesa State in the NAIA Playoffs. Their Nickname? The Mavericks…same as Minnesota State . The Outcome…a THREE POINT win for the Chargers, 24-21, in OT on a 32-yard FG (not 34, but close) by MARK (not Petro) Baker after the greatest goal line stand in the long history of Hillsdale College Football. What happened next? A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP for the Chargers!
The Lakers have three key handicapping elements in their favor on Saturday. First of all, they are playing on their own home field at Lubbers Stadium where they have been near invincible over the past seven years. Secondly, they are well-rested off a bye week whereas the ROYAL BLUE and White had to travel all the way to Minnesota and now must hit the road once again to AllenDALE and thus fatigue may be a factor. And, Grand Valley State is playing with MAJOR REVENGE after being upset, 27-24 (THREE POINTS) on October 10th at Hillsdale, a game that ended the Lakers 43-game GLIAC winning streak! Those are the reasons why Will has installed GVSU as a double-digit favorite in this contest.
MR. COVER’S CALL: it is a known handicapping theory that has been proven over the test of time….you don’t BET with your HEART! However, Will is not about to buck the “CHARGER KARMA” as the ‘DALE PREVAILS by THREE POINTS on a MARK Petro Field Goal in OT and moves on to the Super Region 3 Title Game next Saturday. MUDDY will be watching from the best seat in the House!