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

Bowling Green lands Cincinnati grad transfer John Kurtz

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Just ahead of the start of summer camp, Bowling Green has further solidified its depth and experience along its offensive line.

Appearing at the MAC football preview Wednesday, Mike Jinks confirmed that John Kurtz has been added to his Bowling Green football roster.  Kurtz comes to the Falcons as a graduate transfer, which would technically give him immediate eligibility.

“He played spring football for Cincinnati and was in the rotation for playing time on the offensive line,” Jinks said according to the Toledo Blade. “He’s a kid who has a chance to have an impact right away.

“The opportunity is there for him to play right away for us. This is a big ‘get’ for us.”

Jinks also hinted that Kurtz, who has two years of eligibility remaining, could be a redshirt candidate for the 2017 season as well.

Despite being just a two-star 2014 recruit, he was rated as the No. 12 player at any position in the state of Kentucky.  During his time with the Bearcats, Kurtz played sparingly.

After stops at TCU, Arkansas State, Cameron Echols-Luper to give WKU a try

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Maybe the third time will be a charm for Cameron Echols-Luper?

On his personal Instagram account Wednesday, Echols-Luper revealed that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky.  According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the decision was made following a visit to the school earlier this week.

As a graduate transfer, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Hilltoppers. However, he has to finish up some schoolwork at his former school, Arkansas State, before officially moving on to WKU.

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Echols-Luper began his collegiate career at TCU in 2013, transferring to ASU in 2015. After sitting out that season, he was third on the Red Wolves in receptions (26) and receiving yards (407). His 15.7 yards per reception was second on the team.

Ex-USC DL Noah Jefferson won’t be transferring to Arizona after all

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In early March, Noah Jefferson announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from USC to Arizona.  Nearly five months later?

Never mind.

Wednesday, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jefferson will not, as previously expected, be playing for the Wildcats this season.  No reason for the abrupt and unexpected about-face was given.

The coach did, though, intimate that a future pairing between the player and the program isn’t out of the question.

Jefferson wouldn’t have been eligible to play in 2017 for the Wildcats even if his move to the desert had come to fruition. He would’ve, though, had two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018 at his disposal.

A four-star member of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, Jefferson played in 14 games, starting one of those, as a true freshman. After starting the season-opening loss to Alabama last season, Jefferson never played another down for USC.

Hugh Freeze makes first public comments since exiting Ole Miss in disgrace

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For the first time since his unceremonious exit from Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze has spoken publicly.  Somewhat.

In what was described as a brief interview with USA Today Sports Wednesday, the former Ole Miss head coach said his family and church have helped him get through the storm of the last few days. When asked if his family was standing by him, Freeze responded, “Oh, gosh, yeah.”

“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze told the website. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.”

“I got some good friends,” the former head coach added.

The stunning news dropped last Thursday night that Freeze’s tenure as the head coach at Ole Miss had come to an end because of at least one call from his university-issued cell phone to a known escort service.  While Freeze blamed the call on a misdial, the administration found a “pattern of misconduct” during a deep dive into his phone records, leading the school to confront the coach about the situation.

After meetings with Freeze Wednesday night and then again Thursday morning, it became apparent that, if he didn’t resign, the school was going to fire him.

Because of a moral turpitude clause in his contract, there was neither a buyout nor a settlement.