Lane Kiffin

USC still tops in oddsmaker’s eyes


No. 1 in the hearts of both the Associated Press and CFT, USC remains the favorite of oddsmakers as well with less than a week to go before the start of the 2012 season.

In the final set of preseason odds released by, the Trojans are listed as a 3/1 favorite to claim the 2012 BcS championship.  Those are the same odds given by the same site back in June.

Following USC are the two teams who met for the 2011 championship — Alabama (3/1) and LSU (6/1) — with Florida State (13/2) and Oklahoma and Oregon (both at 10/1).

Michigan State saw the biggest gambling surge among the upper echelon programs, going from 60/1 to 40/1 this go around.

There were a couple of notable tumblers from two months ago as well, most notably Michigan.  The Wolverines were given 20/1 odds back in late June; today, UM stands at 40/1.  Others of note included Notre Dame (28/1 to 40/1), West Virginia (30/1 to 45/1) and Clemson (33/1 to 50/1).

Below is the complete list of final preseason BcS odds, courtesy of Bovada:

USC 3/1
Alabama 5/1
LSU 6/1
Florida State 13/2
Oklahoma 10/1
Oregon 10/1
Georgia 16/1
Arkansas 25/1
Texas 25/1
Virginia Tech 28/1
Wisconsin 30/1
South Carolina 35/1
Michigan State 40/1
Michigan 40/1
Notre Dame 40/1
West Virginia 45/1
Clemson 50/1
Florida 50/1
Nebraska 50/1
Auburn 75/1
TCU 75/1
Oklahoma State 100/1
Boise State 100/1
Kansas State 150/1
Miami (Florida) 150/1
Missouri 150/1
Tennessee 150/1
Stanford 200/1
Mississippi State 200/1
Texas A&M 200/1
UCLA 250/1
Iowa 250/1
Washington 300/1
BYU 300/1
California 300/1
Cincinnati 300/1
Georgia Tech 300/1
South Florida 350/1
Oregon State 500/1
Pittsburgh 500/1
Arizona 500/1
Boston College 500/1
NC State 300/1
Louisville 300/1
Texas Tech 500/1

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.