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A sports betting bill was prefiled in Maryland and if passed, will be taken up by voters in a 2020 referendum. The bill, Senate Bill 58, was introduced by State Senator Chris West (R-Baltimore County). “First Reading Budget and Taxation” is scheduled for January 8th.
Under the bill, Maryland casinos and racetracks would be eligible to offer sports betting. Tax revenue from sports betting will go towards public education programs. The referendum is needed to amend the Maryland Constitution to allow for legal sports betting and would only require a simple majority from voters.
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Illinois vs California (44) – 4:00 PM
The Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6) take on the California Bears (7-5) in the Redbox Bowl this afternoon. After a four-game winning streak to become bowl eligible, the Fighting Illini enter this game one a two-game losing streak. The Cal Bears went on a four-game losing streak between the end of September and the entire month of October. Since then, they have won three of their last four, including their last two games.
Illinois has had an up and down season that included wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State. However, they also have some bad losses against teams like Eastern Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern. The Fighting Illini are 76th in the country in points scored per game. They have one of the worst passing offenses in the country that ranks 110th and their rushing attack isn’t much better (90th). Illinois has a slow-moving offense that is 117th in yards per play. Their defense has been their strength as they are 48th in points allowed and 38th against the pass.
Defense is also the strength of this California team. The Bears are 33rd in points allowed per game this season. They have struggled against the pass (109th) but have been very good against the run (25th). Cal had one of the worst offenses among all Power 5 teams this season, ranking 117th in points scored per game in the country. They have been as equally bad passing the ball (104th) as they have running it (105th).
Illinois scored just 10 points in each of their last two games. Cal scored above 28 points just once this season and that was against a terrible Washington State defense. There were five games this season in which Cal scored 17 or fewer points. Both of these offenses have had their issues this season and the defenses aren’t bad for either team. Cal’s defense has limited some very good offenses this season (Oregon just 17 points and Washington State just 20). This should be a low-scoring game that looks ugly on offense. Either team could take this game but regardless of who wins, it should stay below 44 points as defense prevails in this one.