Well in college football gambling, there is a replica of that pea in the shell game and it comes in the form of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who just might be the most difficult team to figure for handicappers in all of college football gambling. The only consistency about Georgia Tech has been the mediocre NCAA football gambling records and overall inconsistency.
Starting in the 2001 season the Jackets posted straight up records of 8-5, 7-6, 7-6, and 7-5 with pointspread marks of 4-8, 4-9, 7-6, and 6-5. Georgia Tech was good enough to give any team trouble, if not beat them outright and yet was bad enough to be capable of losing to anyone as well, as their memorable 17-41 debacle at Duke in 2003 proved.
The 2005 Yellow Jackets, however, would take college football gambling roller coaster rides to a new level entirely. Georgia Tech opened the 2005 NCAA football gambling campaign on ESPN Saturday Night national TV at Auburn, who was coming off an undefeated season. A brutal opening assignment!
And yet the Yellow Jackets scored a 23-14 upset win that sparked hopes for a breakout season. They next beat North Carolina in their home opener but failed to cover and then won and covered at home over Connecticut to start off 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
Many college football gambling fans felt that Tech was a live 10.5-point dog in a showdown at Virginia Tech but they were blown off the field 7-51 to be exposed as ACC pretenders. After losing at home to NC State the Jackets got back on track to go 3-0 straight up and 2-1 ATS the following three games.
But then they lost at college football gambling rebuilding Virginia 17-27 as 3-point dogs to fall to 6-3 straight up and 4-5 against the spread. Tech next met up with red hot Miami, who was rolling towards a division title and was a 19-point home chalk.
Out of nowhere the Jackets stung the Canes and many gamblers with a 14-10 win. True to form, however, Tech next lost at home to Georgia 7-14 as 5-point dogs and then was inexplicably blown out in their bowl by Utah 10-38 as 9-point chalks!
Tech finished 5-7 ATS with two memorable upset road wins over traditional powers and yet too many let downs that burn bettors to this day.