1 » The Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, NV, released college football gambling lines for nearly every 2013 regular season game on Friday. The casino has the Florida Gators favored in six of the nine games currently available for betting. Florida is -2.5 at Miami, -12 vs. Tennessee, -20 at Kentucky, -17 vs. Arkansas, -6 at Missouri and -2 at Florida State. The Gators are also +4 at LSU, +4 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) and +5 at South Carolina. No lines were provided for home games against Toledo, Vanderbilt (on homecoming) and Georgia Southern.
2 » Looking at the coaches currently leading Southeastern Conference football programs, ESPN.com’s Chris Low related that only two – Florida’s Will Muschamp and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier – began their careers by playing college football in the league, a long-held prerequisite for many SEC teams when hiring coaches. As it turns out, while only two played in the SEC, four current head coaches actually played for Big Ten teams. Spurrier was the first person to point this out at the SEC Spring Meetings last month. “I got to thinking, ‘Where are all the guys who played football in this league over the last 30-some years?’” Spurrier said. “You don’t see many former players from the league coming back [to the SEC] to be head coaches anymore.” Asked about the abnormality, SEC commissioner Mike Slive noted he was also an outsider when he was initially hired. “When I had my opening press conference, I had never been to an SEC institution, and it’s worked out OK,” Slive said. “I’m a Northerner by birth and a Southerner by choice.”