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Alabama an even heavier betting favorite to repeat

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Or re-repeat, as the case may be.

With the start of the 2013 season a mere two days away, Bovada.lv has released its final preseason odds.  And, as expected, the two-time defending BCS champions remain a prohibitive favorite to claim their fourth title in five years.

A 3/1 favorite back in early May, Alabama is now listed as the 5/2 favorite for the 2013 BCS title.  Shortly after winning the BCS title in January, the Tide was listed as a 5/1 favorite.

Ohio State’s odds are listed at 6/1 (up from 13/2), followed by Oregon at 9/1.

Notre Dame, Alabama’s opponent in that title game, continues a slide in the eyes of the betting site.  Listed at 22/1 in January, the Fighting Irish have fallen to 28/1 in early May; 40/1 following the departure of starting quarterback Everett Golson; and now 50/1 ahead of the opener.

The Domers aren’t the only ones slipping, though, as Texas A&M has gone from 8/1 in May to 14/1 in August, presumably due to the uncertainty swirling around Johnny Manziel.  Georgia and Louisville also come in at 14/1.

For those looking for an underdog, Boston College, Iowa and USF are all listed at 500/1.

Below are the latest odds for the 2013 BCS title, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Alabama 5/2
Ohio State 6/1
Oregon 9/1
Georgia 14/1
Louisville 14/1
Texas A&M 14/1
Stanford 18/1
LSU 18/1
Clemson 20/1
Texas 20/1
South Carolina 22/1
Florida State 22/1
Florida 25/1
Miami 33/1
Michigan 33/1
Nebraska 40/1
Oklahoma 40/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
USC 40/1
Notre Dame 50/1
UCLA 50/1
TCU 66/1
Wisconsin 66/1
Boise State 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
North Carolina 125/1
Mississippi 125/1
Auburn 150/1
Kansas State 150/1
Rutgers 150/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
Washington 150/1
Northwestern 150/1
BYU 200/1
California 200/1
Arkansas 250/1
Arizona 250/1
Cincinnati 250/1
Georgia Tech 250/1
Mississippi State 250/1
Missouri 250/1
Pittsburgh 300/1
Tennessee 300/1
West Virginia 300/1
Boston College 500/1
Iowa 500/1
South Florida 500/1

Five-star ‘Bama signee set for second surgery in three months

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Even as Lyndell Wilson has yet to play a down of college football, the highly-touted 2016 signee simply can’t buy an injury break.

In late March, Wilson announced via Twitter that he would be undergoing surgery in short order to repair a torn labrum in one of his shoulders.  Three months later, the linebacker announced via the same social media site that he has to undergo a medical procedure to repair a torn meniscus in one of his knees.

Per Wilson’s tweet, that has since been deleted for whatever reason, the surgery will be performed Tuesday.  There’s no prognosis on how much time Wilson will miss, including whether he will be available for the start of summer camp in early August.

While the tweet announcing the surgery no longer appears on his Twitter feed, a retweet and another of his own tweets suggests he has yet another injury hurdle to overcome.

For what it’s worth, the school has yet to address any potential health issues with which Wilson may be dealing.

Wilson was one of five Rivals.com five-star recruits signed by the Tide this recruiting cycle. The Montgomery, Ala., native was rated as the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country; the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Alabama; and the No. 26 player overall by that recruiting service. 247Sports.com had the 6-1, 235-pound high schooler as the No. 15 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

Art Briles played a role in Auburn landing ex-Baylor signee

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears during play against the Northwestern State Demons at McLane Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Art Briles may be out as Baylor’s head football coach, but he still has some influence over at least one member of his last recruiting class.

Over the weekend, Kam Martin announced via Twitter that he had committed to play his college football for Gus Malzahn at Auburn.  The running back chose Auburn over another contender in TCU.

Malzahn and Briles are good friends who, prior to Briles’ dismissal in the wake of the sexual assault scandal in the football program, brainstormed together this offseason.  When Martin received a release from his BU National Letter of Intent, he turned to Briles for advice, with his former coach advising him that Auburn would be “a great fit.”

“He helped me — I still have a great relationship with him,” Martin told 247Sports.com. “He just told me Auburn is a great fit for me with Coach Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff. He said if I was going to Baylor and he was there, it would be the same type of vibe (as at Auburn). He told me Coach Gus would take care of me. He said with him, it’s about the player, about the university.

“And shoot, he’s an offensive guru.”

A four-star 2016 prospect, Martin will be eligible to play for said guru’s squad this coming season.

Notre Dame lineman Parker Boudreaux expects release from hospital in couple of days

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Fortunately for one member of Notre Dame’s football team, the news on his health isn’t as dire as it once seemed.

Over the weekend, one of Parker Boudreaux‘s Irish teammates tweeted that the offensive lineman needed prayers as he had been hospitalized with a serious brain infection.  While the hospitalization part was accurate, it appears the diagnosis was, thankfully, far off-base.

Shortly after those social media missives started making the rounds, a school spokesperson confirmed to the South Bend Tribune that Boudreaux is indeed hospitalized but “is in stable condition and resting comfortably.”

Boudreaux himself took to social media Sunday to somewhat address the developments…

 

… while also taking to social media late Monday night to offer up a bit more of an encouraging update.

What is specifically ailing Boudreaux has not been confirmed, although the lineman retweeted a tweet which stated that “Boudreaux had been admitted to a South Bend hospital with what is thought to be meningitis.” Fortunately, it appears the meningitis is of the viral variety rather than bacterial, which is ofttimes fatal.

It’s expected that Boudreaux will remain hospitalized through at least the mid-part of this week before being released. What this may or may not do for his availability for at least the start of summer camp in early August is unknown.

A three-star member of the Irish’s 2016 recruiting class, Boudreaux was rated as the No. 18 guard in the country.

South Carolina DB Ali Groves takes medical hardship, will remain on scholarship

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The injury-plagued career of a member of South Carolina’s secondary has officially come to an end.

USC officials confirmed to The State that Ali Groves will not return to the Gamecocks football team. The defensive back has taken a medical hardship waiver, making him ineligible to suit up again for the Gamecocks.

The Georgia native will, though, remain on scholarship. He’s expected to graduate later this year with a degree in business administration.

A three-star member of USC’s 2013 recruiting class, Groves was rated as the No. 47 safety in the country. Groves sustained a right shoulder injury his true freshman season, with the injury lingering over the next couple of seasons as well.

This past spring, Groves, who didn’t play a down for the Gamecocks, was moved from cornerback to safety. Twice in his career, Groves was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.