USC still tops in oddsmaker’s eyes

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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 Bovada.com, 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

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has ditched his Dockers for another

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Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Batman and Robin. Maize and blue. Jim Harbaugh and khakis.

All are iconic combinations, but it appears the latter is undergoing a few changes right now.

The Michigan head coach’s affinity for a pair of khakis has been so strong over the years that it’s become almost comical how much he likes the style of pant. Heck, he even got a commercial out of it a few years ago when he specifically started getting outfitted with Dockers brand khakis.

Despite being a paid endorser though, it appears that Harbaugh has dropped the famous Levi’s brand version of khakis to attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind in another pair of pants.

Not only is the switch from Dockers to Lululemon result in a lot more comfort for the Wolverines coach, it’s probably a bit more of a hit to the ol’ wallet than dropping by Walmart for a pair of khakis off the shelf. It probably doesn’t make a huge difference for Harbaugh though given that he’s the highest paid coach in the country but it might result in a few more trips to the mall.

Either way, what it does mean is that now we demand a new commercial featuring Harbaugh and khakis. After all, if you’re upping the clothing game, you’ve got to up the ad game as well.

Former Penn State president found guilty of role in Sandusky scandal

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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s day in court has come and has resulted in a guilty verdict.

The Centre Daily Times is among the outlets reporting that a jury has found Spanier guilty of one count of endangering the welfare of children in a trial related to his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. In addition, Spanier was found not guilty on two other counts, one a similar child endangerment charge and the other a count of criminal conspiracy.

The verdict comes after lengthy deliberations by the jury in the case, which took a turn last week when former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz plead guilty to child endangerment charges as part of the same trial. All three figure to be sentenced in the next few months.

Prior to the scandal, Spanier was widely considered to be one of the most respected college presidents in the country and heavily involved in NCAA matters. However he was one of several key figures fired by the school as a result of covering up the actions of Sandusky, the Nittany Lions’ former defensive coordinator who was found guilty on 45 charges of sexually abusing minors.

While the verdict is likely to be appealed, Spanier is nevertheless facing the prospect of joining Sandusky behind bars as a result of his own involvement in the scandal.

Dad of RB Kingston Davis says son will transfer from Michigan

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Michigan’s the latest football program to see its roster hit with the annual spring personnel attrition.

The father of Kingston Davis confirmed to Sam Webb of Scout.com that his son informed UM officials earlier Friday of his intention to transfer from the Wolverines.  Apparently there were two reasons that triggered the running back’s decision: a crowded backfield and chatter that he would be changing positions.

While 2016 leading rusher De'Veon Smith is gone, the Wolverines’ second-, third- and fourth-leading rushers from last season — rising sophomore Chris Evans (614 yards), rising junior Karan Higdon (425), rising fifth-year senior Ty Isaac (417) — all return. Kareem Walker, a four-star 2016 recruit rated as the No. 4 running back in the country, sat out last season because of academics but should be a part of the rotation as a redshirt freshman. They also added four-star (O'Maury Samuels) and three-star (Kurt Taylor) backs as part of their 2017 recruiting class.

A three-star 2016 recruit, Davis was rated as the No. 1 fullback in the country in that year’s class. As a true freshman, the 6-1, 245-pound back carried the ball twice for 17 yards.

Fresno State formally announces Jamar Cain as DL coach

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Jeff Tedford‘s first coaching staff at Fresno State is once again whole.

As first reported earlier this month, the Bulldogs have confirmed that Tedford has hired Jamar Cain as his defensive line coach.  Cain will replace Tony Tuioti, who left last month — after less than two months with the football program — to coach outside linebackers at Tedford’s former employer, Cal.

“We’re excited about Jamar, I’ve had my eye on him a long time,” said the head coach in a statement. “He had a proven track record as a winner at North Dakota State, he’s highly respected in the field, a quality person, a great recruiter, and cares about the student-athletes on-and-off the field.”

Cain comes to Fresno from San Jose State, where he had spent less than two months as the line coach for the Mountain West rivals.  Prior to that, he spent three seasons (2014-16) as the line coach at FCS power North Dakota State.

Prior to NDSU, Cain was an assistant defensive line coach at Wyoming (2013), Cal Poly (2009-12), and Missouri State (2006-08). While with the Cowboys, Cain was promoted to interim defensive coordinator at midseason after Chris Tormey was “relieved of his duties.”