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After nailing two stunning college football upsets, a remarkable parlay wager came down to the biggest NFL favorite on the board Sunday, with a payout of nearly half a million dollars on the line.
At 9:58 a.m. Friday, a bettor at the William Hill sportsbook at the Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas placed a $4,000, seven-team money-line parlay. The odds of all seven teams winning outright were roughly 110-1.
The parlay included Maryland, a four-touchdown underdog, to beat Penn State straight up. The Terrapins knocked off the Nittany Lions 35-19 in one of the biggest upsets point-spread-wise in Big Ten history.
The bettor also picked Liberty, a 17-point underdog, to upend Virginia Tech. The Flames won 38-35 in dramatic fashion to remain unbeaten.
The bettor was more conservative with their other four college football picks, tabbing favorites Oklahoma, Ohio State, Appalachian State and Iowa State. Each team won to keep the parlay alive, and entering Sunday, all the bettor needed was for the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers to beat the struggling Dallas Cowboys.
The Steelers closed as 14-point favorites, one of the largest point spreads of the season, but they wouldn’t make it easy on