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Early returns: Bettors like Sooners, no Auburn repeat


We are just three days removed from Auburn’s scintillating last-second win over Oregon in the national title game, and already the focus is squarely on the 2011 season.

Specifically, who’s likely to end the 2011 season hoisting the BcS crystal.

As far as is concerned, the Tigers won’t be going back-to-back when it’s all said and done.  And the folks in Norman should be expecting big things early in the next new year.

According to the sports gambling website, Auburn’s odds for winning the 2012 BcS national championship have been initially set at 50/1, the same odds as Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Georgia.  Presumably, those odds for the Tigers reflect the presumption that Cam Newton will be leaving The Plains for the NFL; that decision has to be made by Saturday, so those odds could change rather dramatically depending on which direction the Heisman Trophy winner chooses for his football future.

Conversely, the betting site really likes Oklahoma to rise to the top once again.  The Sooners are the favorites to win the ’12 title at 7/2, followed by Alabama (15/2), Florida State (10/1), Boise State (12/1) and LSU (12/1).

The field is listed at 10/1.

Interestingly, unranked teams Penn State and Texas have been given the same early odds (20/1) as season-ending top-five schools TCU and Ohio State.

If you’re looking for the longest of longshots, latch on to Kansas State, Boston College or UCLA; those three schools all come in at 150/1.

For the complete list of early BcS title odds, click HERE.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.