I'm pissed. I'm pissed the spread is so high. I get that TCU is a great team. I get Utah hasn't looked entirely great this season. I get that. What I don't get is how, knowing the history of this rivalry, Vegas can disrespect Utah so badly.
Does anyone recall the last time the Utes were such big underdogs? UCLA 2007? It surely wasn't the Sugar Bowl (though that was ridiculously high, as well).
I guess I see this as more of a slight against Utah than a sign of respect toward TCU. I mean, I was kind of pissed last year when the Utes were underdogs in their own stadium against the Frogs, but this takes disrespect to a whole new level. Seriously. I doubt you'll find one game between the fourth ranked and fourteenth ranked teams that even resembles such a spread.
Maybe I'm getting worked up over nothing and hell, maybe in the end it'll actually help us (Utah seems to play better when everyone writes them off), but I think they've earned a bit more than a 16-point 20-point spread against a team who - regardless of margin - has only won one more game this season.
I guess if anything will be gained from this is that I expect the Utes to easily cover. That means anyone dumb enough to bet against Utah will lose their money. But we'll see.