- The Louisville Cardinals failed to cover the 30-point spread due to an early touchdown celebration.
- The San Francisco 49ers led by 24 points with two minutes remaining but were unable to cover the spread.
LOUISVILLE – The second week of the college football season and the first week of the NFL were not filled with too many bad beats but the bad beats that did take place were awful.
Louisville Cardinals (-30) Vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels
The Louisville Cardinals were overwhelming favorites against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels according to regulated sports betting sites. Louisville did not end up covering the spread but easily could have if it weren’t for an early touchdown celebration.
Louisville Vs. Eastern Kentucky Spread Odds:
- Louisville Cardinals -30 -110
- Eastern Kentucky +30 -110
Ahmari Huggins-Bruce caught a ball with about 10 minutes remaining in the game and was about to take it 95-yards for a touchdown, but dropped the ball at the one-yard line before crossing into the end zone. The ball rolled into the end zone and rolled out of bounds resulting in a touchback.
The score was 30-3 and the touchdown would’ve put Louisville over the line to cover but no further points were scored in the game. The play made history in a couple of different ways.
San Francisco 49ers (-9) Vs. Detroit Lions
The San Francisco 49ers were one of the biggest favorites for the first week of the NFL season. Leading up to the game against the Detroit Lions, the 49ers were bet up from 7.5-point favorites all the way to 9.5-point favorites. The closing line varied across different NFL betting sites but closed anywhere from 8.5-9.5 points on average.
49ers Vs. Lions Spread Odds:
- San Francisco 49ers -9 -110
- Detroit Lions +9 -110
The 49ers took a 41-17 lead into the two-minute warning. A 24-point lead with two minutes left seems like it would be an easy cover, but that was not the case. The Lions scored with 1:53 remaining and converted the two-point conversion.
Detroit then lined up for an onside kick and recovered it. The Lions proceeded to score again with 1:07 remaining in the game and once again converted the two-point try. This made the score 41-33 and thus did not cover the nine-point spread.
Things got even scarier as the Lions had all three timeouts and were able to get the ball again before the game ended. With 52 seconds left in the game, Detroit got the ball back and was able to advance to the opposing 24-yard line before ultimately failing to convert a fourth down and losing the game.
It’s up to the individual to decide if the worst part is allowing the Lions to recover the onside kick and score again or the fact that if one of the two two-point conversions was stopped, the 49ers still would’ve managed to cover, making this a terrible bet to have lost.
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Nick is a sports writer and die-hard sports fan. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast/Journalism. In his free time, he enjoys kicking back and relaxing with a good video game.