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Teddy Bridgewater the new Heisman betting favorite


Is it way too early to begin talking about the favorite for the 2013 Heisman Trophy?  As 2012 Geno Smith would say, it absolutely is.  That won’t stop us, however, from making a note as to which way the gambling public is leaning.

In its latest odds released Tuesday afternoon, Bovada.lv has Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater as the favorite at 5/1.  The Cardinals quarterback was at 9/1 two weeks prior to the start of the new season, but his monster season-opening performance apparently opened some eyes a little further.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, the preseason favorite at 9/2, was up next at 13/2.  Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was the prohibitive favorite prior to the mini-drama over payment for autographs, checked in at 15/2.  Johnny Football had been a 4/1 favorite before the off-field issues dropped him to 15/1; those odds jumped back up to 7/1 after his “situation” was resolved with a half-game suspension.

Two more quarterbacks, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, come in at 8/1.  The first non-quarterback listed is Miami running back Duke Johnson at 10/1.

Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman coming off a breathtaking performance in his collegiate debut Monday night, is tied with Johnson at 10/1.

Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 5/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 13/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/2
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 8/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 8/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 10/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 10/1
AJ McCarron (QB Alabama) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 15/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 15/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 15/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 15/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 20/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 25/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 40/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 50/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 50/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 50/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 66/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 66/1

Tulane announces Curtis Johnson officially out as head coach

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Confirming what was reported earlier this week, Tulane announced Saturday morning it had relieved head coach Curtis Johnson of duties.

Johnson closed his four-year tenure with a 45-34 loss to Tulsa Friday night, a game where the Green Wave led midway though the fourth quarter but were undone by two pick-sixes. He closes his run with a 15-34 record, peaking with a 7-6 mark and a New Orleans Bowl appearance in 2013 but winning only eight games in his other three seasons.

“I want to thank CJ for his hard work and his dedication to rebuilding the Green Wave football program,” Tulane AD Rick Dickson said in a statement. “His efforts were rewarded in 2013 when Tulane reached its first bowl in 11 years. Since then, however, the program has not progressed to the level that we aspire to.”

Similar to Illinois, Central Florida and possibly Rutgers, Tulane says it will find a replacement for Dickson (who originally said he’d step down mid-2016) before finding a new head coach.

Report: Rutgers AD Juile Hermann could be on the chopping block this weekend

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Many assume Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood won’t survive this disappointing and scandal-ridden fourth season of his. But it could be his boss, the highly controversial Julie Hermann, that receives the ax first.

According to a report from Keith Sargeant of NJ.com, Hermann could see her 30-month tenure end as soon as this weekend.

“Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is expected to meet with university President Robert Barchi before the end of the weekend, three people familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media on Friday,” Sargeant wrote. “The meeting, presumably called by Barchi, is the first evidence the university’s administration is preparing to act.”

Sargeant writes that Hermann has been kept in the dark while the university conducts a top-to-bottom investigation into the football program’s compliance efforts. Flood was suspended three games and fined $50,000 earlier this season for overriding the church-state relationship between football and academics.

The results of that investigation could find Rutgers joining the ranks of Illinois and Central Florida among schools looking to hire an AD and head football coach at the same time.

“The futures of Flood and Hermann could hang on a report being compiled by the university’s office of enterprise risk management, ethics and compliance,” wrote Sargeant. “The report is expected to detail allegations of failed drug tests and other issues that could result in NCAA infractions and possible sanctions, multiple people familiar with the situation have told NJ Advance Media.”

In addition to a losing season on the field, Rutgers football has dealt with drug suspensions and player arrests off the field this fall.


AD says San Jose State coach Ron Caragher safe for 2016 despite missing bowl game

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A 40-23 loss to Boise State Friday condemned San Jose State to a third straight bowl-less season, but Spartans AD Gene Bleymaier said afterwards the setback would not result in a change in job status for head coach Ron Caragher.

“There’s no question about his status,” Bleymaier told the Contra Costa Times. “Ron’s our coach, and he’ll be our coach going forward.”

Hired away from San Diego to replace the departed Mike MacIntyre, Caragher is just 14-22 in three seasons leading the Spartans.

San Jose State did go 6-6 in his debut season of 2013 but did not garner a bowl invite.

TCU swims way to 2OT upset of Baylor, hands Bedlam Big 12 keys

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Entering the 2015 season, most observers thought tonight’s Baylor-TCU game would be for all of the Big 12 marbles.  Instead, that honor will fall to tomorrow’s night Bedlam matchup.

In some of the wettest conditions you’ll see this side of Noah’s ark,  the Horned Frogs and Bears slogged their way through a scoreless second half before two TCU overtime touchdowns to BU’s one handed the homestanding Frogs a 28-21 win in double overtime.

Both teams scored on their initial overtime possessions, TCU on Trevone Boykin‘s one-yard touchdown run and BU on Devin Chafin‘s four-yard touchdown reception from first-time quarterback starter Chris Johnson; that was the Bears first completed pass since the first half.  Boykin’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Kavontae Turpin in the second overtime, with the defense turning out the biggest stop of the game on the Bears second overtime possession. On a fourth-and-1 from the 16-yard line, Chafin was stuffed for no gain as the rain-soaked TCU faithful stormed the field.

The story of the game for nearly 60 minutes, though, was the weather.

21 of the points in this game were scored prior to the heavens opening and a downpour of Biblical proportions commenced for essentially the last three-and-a-half quarters, with the other seven in regulation coming on a fumble return for a touchdown.  The last offensive points prior to overtime were scored with 7:28 left in the first quarter; the last non-overtime points were scored with 12:55 remaining in the second.

If you were unable to watch, there’s one statistic that sums up just how borderline unplayable the conditions in this game were: 210. That’s the number of passing yards for which both teams combined to throw.  The Horned Frogs came into the game averaging 363.5 yards per game, fifth in the country, while the Bears were 14th at 350.7.  Or how about this: the teams combined for nearly as many turnovers (seven) as third downs converted (eight, on 38 tries).

Or this: There were a combined 23 punts, which were only slightly trumped by 25 pass completions.  Johnson accounted for just seven completions — on 24 attempts — for 62 yards, the lowest aerial output of the Art Briles era in Waco.

It was a night fit for neither man nor beast, but in the end it was the Horned Frogs that made just enough plays to knock the Bears out of not only Big 12 but playoff contention as well.

With the loss, BU joins TCU as being officially eliminated from the Big 12 title race.  Instead, the winner of tomorrow night’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State matchup will be crowned conference champions.