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Is Gov. Scott distancing himself from the Hurricanes of Miami?

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September

full.jpgIt's a big Saturday for Florida's college football fans and Gov. Rick Scott is getting into the action with a pair of wagers on the state's top two teams.

Scott put a key lime pie on both the Florida State Seminoles and the Florida Gators in their respective match-ups today with the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners and Tennessee Volunteers. If FSU wins (they're a 4 point underdog) Scott gets a pecan pie from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will hand over hickery smoked Benton's bacon if his school (a 10 point underdog) loses.

(Scott is watching the Seminoles tonight from FSU President Eric Barron's box at Doak Campbell Stadium.)

But the state of Florida is also hosting third major game today: Miami is a one point favorite at home against the mighty Buckeyes of The Ohio State University.

We'd urge caution for anyone thinking about betting against the winners of six consecutive Big Ten titles, who have also handled the Hurricanes in their previous two matchups - including the 2003 national title game - and currently ranked No. 17 in the country. (Full disclosure: I'm an Buckeye U. grad.)

We also can't help but notice the folks on Scott's Facebook page making the connection between Scott's slight for Miami and the school's recruiting scandal that includes allegations of yacht cruises, jewelry and prostitutes.

A comment from Daniel Massey on Facebook referred to OSU's own NCAA violations and perhaps summed it up best: "What was the bet going to be between Ohio state and Miami? Tattoos and lapdances."

[Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:08am]

    

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