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Tide reclaims front-runner status in BcS title odds


When last we left the wonderful world of degenerate gambling, Oregon and Kansas State were the heavy favorites to claim the 2012 BcS title following Alabama’s upset loss to Texas A&M.

Now that both the Ducks and Wildcats were stunned in upsets the same weekend?  Roll Tide roll.  Again.

As they do every week this time of the season, has updated its odds to win the BcS championship and, surprise, Alabama is back as the overwhelming favorite at 5/8.  Just a week ago and before the SEC was back in the BcS driver’s seat yet again, the Tide was back at 17/2.

Notre Dame, the lone remaining unbeaten among teams still eligible for the postseason, is next up at 5/2.  The Irish had been behind both Oregon and K-State last week at 6/1.

And, if Alabama and Notre Dame happen to meet in the title game?  Bovada has installed the Tide as early 10-point favorites.

Georgia, which could clinch a berth in the BcS championship game with wins over in-state rival Georgia Tech this weekend and Alabama in the SEC title game the next, has jumped from 20/1 to 13/2.

The two latest upset victims are the only other teams listed, with Oregon at 17/2 and the Wildcats at 20/1.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah