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BCS, Heisman odds for A&M, Manziel improve on resolution news

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How important is Johnny Manziel to the success of Texas A&M in 2013?  Very, if you place any type of credence on betting lines.

Just yesterday, and amidst swirling uncertainty regarding Manziel’s status for the upcoming season, Bovada.lv released its “final” odds of the preseason.  In that release, Texas A&M was listed as a 14/1 favorite to win the 2013 BCS championship.  That was down from 8/1 in May, prior to reports that the quarterback’s eligibility might be in jeopardy due to impermissible benefits.

Shortly after the announcement that the Manziel case was closed and the All-American would receive just a half-game suspension, Bovada dropped A&M’s BCS all the way down to 8/1.  That would put the Aggies ahead of Oregon (9/1) and just behind Ohio State (6/1).

While Alabama remains the favorite, the Manziel news even had an impact on the Tide’s odds.  A prohibitive 5/2 favorite Tuesday, Bovada dropped the number slightly to 11/4 Wednesday afternoon.

Even Manziel’s Heisman odds improved after the resolution.

In February, the reigning Heisman winner was a slight favorite at 4/1.  In mid-August, after news of the NCAA investigation surfaced, they dropped behind eight other players at 15/1.  Today, those odds are back up to 7/1, but still behind Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (9/2) and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6/1).

“Interestingly, there is not as much money coming in on him as there was months ago when he was a clear favorite at 9/2,” Kevin Bradley, Bovada sports book manager, said. “I guess the love and hype surrounding him on the football field is not as powerful as it once was and has had an effect on how bettors are betting on this award.

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13 Responses to “BCS, Heisman odds for A&M, Manziel improve on resolution news”
  1. mauldawg says: Aug 28, 2013 8:51 PM

    Just want to see him take a great big hard hit. Then maybe he will miss a few games like he should have if the NCAA had any guts. But the NCAA is to busy kissing his ass.

  2. asimonetti88 says: Aug 28, 2013 9:16 PM

    Wow man, you can disagree with the ruling (I do too), but don’t wish injury on a player. That’s just messed up.

  3. gborange says: Aug 28, 2013 9:32 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t enjoy watching Johnny Football dance through a defense like a broadway play obviously doesn’t appreciate amazing talent. Vol fan for life, but it’s still fun to watch Johnny go.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2013 9:45 PM

    From TexAgs.com

    Johnny Football’s speech to the locker room explaining his situation.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:02 PM

    Third in the SEC West at best. Heisman, maybe, after all they gave it to him as a Freshman – big mistake, but can’t cry over spilt milk.

  6. deucez2 says: Aug 28, 2013 10:35 PM

    A&M has a better chance to win the SEC than Manziel does winning another Heisman. I highly doubt the voters will give it to him again (unless he runs away from the other candidates) after the embarrassment he’s brought to the award this offseason with his antics. The Heisman is about politics as much as performance.

  7. pastabelly says: Aug 28, 2013 11:11 PM

    Who cares? Most of us just like watching him play. If you want this kid suspended or you’re rooting for him to get hurt, then you’re not a fan of the sport.

  8. kingfish2013 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:15 AM

    I WANT FAIRNESS.NOT DOUBLE STANDARDS.HE DID NOTHING WRONG BUT GAVE HIM A HALF GAME SUSPENSION SO NO ONE CAN BE ACCOUNTABLE 6 TO 12 MONTHS FROM NOW..REALLY?..My BUCKEYES DEALT WITH SANCTIONS FOR YRS FOR TATTOOS AND THIS KID MADE TENS OF THOUSANDS SIGNING THOUSANDS OF ITEMS.IT WILL COME OUT SOON CAUSE THIS IS TOO FLAGRANT. SO DON’T TRY TO JUSTIFY IT IN ANY WAY.ALOT OF PLAYERS HAD TO SIT FOR A YR FOR FAR FAR LESS.

  9. lewp says: Aug 29, 2013 8:23 AM

    WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY??????????

  10. barbeaux says: Aug 29, 2013 9:56 AM

    Kingfish, osu got into so much trouble because the ncaa caught Tressel lying and trying to coverup things. Had he and the players been honest it wouldn’t have been as bad. Don’t act like Tressel and crew did something minor.

  11. dkhhuey says: Aug 29, 2013 9:56 AM

    Johnny Paycheck is the Lindsay Lohan of college football

  12. mogogo1 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:14 PM

    Even without any scandal, his odds of winning the Heisman this season were going to be pretty low. The voters are always reluctant to give out multiple Heismans and having a kid go 2 for 2 was never going to be likely.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 5:36 PM

    What would the Heisman committee do should Johnny Football be undefeated and having a better year than he did last year? Being top ranked and going to a National Championship game is hard to beat if you won the Heisman the previous year.

    It is about what is done on the field that the Heisman is all about. The peripheral about Manziel receiving money for autographs is moot since the NCAA cleared Manziel of receiving any payments.

    Does this mean that Manziel is innocent?

    Does this mean that there could be problems in February after the season is completed? You betch’a.

    As it stands now, there is no money trail what so ever. I don’t see the memorabilia brokers even saying that they paid Manziel from here on out simply because the news on the State of Texas law is out, and no
    broker has the deep pockets to fight the State of Texas or Texas A&M University in a protracted legal fight. Discovery would kill their
    livelihood. You already have had a broker shut off his Facebook account and changed his cell phone # in order to keep any unwanted attention coming his way.

    Personally, I’m glad the season is upon us and the September 14th
    meeting is still scaring the crap out of me because all this negative press has only miffed Manziel off to show that he still has something to prove.

    Pass the Pepto.

    RTR

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