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Savannah State tabbed biggest underdog in college football history against Florida State

Savannah State could do nothing to slow down Caleb Muncrief (2) and Oklahoma State in their opener. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

So logically, it makes sense that the Seminoles would be heavy favorites against a Savannah State team fresh off an 84-0 bludgeoning at the hands of the Cowboys.

But there’s something weird about staring at a line as high as the one the oddsmakers slapped on Saturday’s tilt in Tallahassee.

The number? 70 1/2.’s Tom Fornelli reports the number is the biggest ever in college football history, topping a 2007 Hawaii-Northern Colorado game in which the Warriors failed to cover the 60-point spread.

The Cowboys led last week’s blowout 35-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at the half. Savannah State totaled all of eight first downs on the day and amassed 139 yards to Oklahoma State’s 682.

The Tigers received a $385,000 payout for making the trip to Stillwater, Okla., to play their first FBS opponent, and they’ll get another good-sized check this week in Tallahassee.

Will they cover? The bigger question may be can they avoid another shutout, because judging by their 69-3 rout Murray State last week, 70-plus points doesn’t seem too tall a task for the Seminoles.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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