Marcus Mariota now tops Bovada’s Heisman odds

3 Comments

Before the start of the 2013 season, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was listed by Bovada.lv as its Heisman favorite.  A week later, that honor shifted to Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater.

Two weeks later?  A Pac-12 quarterback has grabbed the front-runner mantle.

In the latest set of odds released by Bovada, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is listed as a 9/2 favorite to claim the 2013 Heisman Trophy.  On Sept. 3, Mariota was at 8/1.  Despite less than two games worth of actually playing time in the Ducks’ first three games, Mariota has passed for 889 yards, rushed for another 262 and accounted for 11 touchdowns (seven passing, four rushing).

Johnny Manziel, coming off a Herculean effort in a loss to Alabama, has continued his rise in the eyes of Bovada, coming in right behind Mariota at 5/1.  Earlier this month, Manziel had been listed at 15/2.  The reigning Heisman winner, who sits atop Chris Huston‘s HeismanPundit Straw Poll, 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.

Manziel’s actually off to a better start than he was last season, accounting for 1,137 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns compared to 903/12 in 2012.

Another player rising is fellow SEC quarterback AJ McCarron.  At 12/1 two weeks ago and behind seven other players, Alabama’s McCarron, thanks to his own superb performance in the win over the Aggies, is now behind only Mariota and Manziel at 13/2.

Bridgewater is also at 13/2, while Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is at 9/1.

Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas is the first non-QB listed at 14/1 — Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon is right behind at 16/1.  Maryland’s Stefon Diggs is the first wide receiver at 75/1.

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

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 9/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 5/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 13/2
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 13/2
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 9/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 141
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 16/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 18/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 20/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 40/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 50/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 66/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 75/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 100/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 150/1

Bear Bryant’s great-grandson picks up offer from SEC school not named Alabama

Getty Images
Leave a comment

When you think of legendary head coach Bear Bryant, the Alabama Crimson Tide typically comes to mind. After all, that’s where he solidified his status on the Mount Rushmore of college football and had the most success of any coach not named Nick Saban.

Some outside the South may not realize it though, but Bryant really developed his reputation running a football team at another SEC and only some fans would be able to guess that came during his eight seasons at Kentucky. During his tenure in Lexington, Bryant guided the Wildcats to their first SEC football title (in 1950) and saw unprecedented success (before or since) on the gridiron at the school that included several top 10 finishes. Now it appears that connection to UK could play a role in landing a budding 2019 recruit.

Per AL.comPaul Tyson was the latest player to receive a scholarship offer from Mark Stoops and his staff and, while that name might not ring a bell, it turns out that Tyson is the great-grandson of one Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound signal-caller from Hewitt-Trussville High is not yet considered a blue-chip recruit but 247Sports is reporting that several power programs (including Alabama) are interested in him. Tyson didn’t even start for the varsity team last season but given his good size and good genes, it’s safe to say he could see his stock explode over the coming years.

The real question is though, if the Crimson Tide come along with an offer, would the quarterback be able to turn down a chance to play in Tuscaloosa? As with everything in recruiting, we’ll have to wait until pen meets paper on National Signing Day.

One Nebraska offensive lineman transferring to Kansas, another set for Texas Tech

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Spring practice has wrapped up at Nebraska and a pair of offensive lineman are on their way out of the program for greener pastures in the Cornhuskers old home of the Big 12.

 

First up on the moving van is offensive lineman Zach Hannon, who announced on Thursday he will transfer to Kansas. The Kansas City native is a graduate transfer so he should be able to play right away with the Jayhawks.

He’s not the only offensive lineman pursuing a graduate transfer from Lincoln however, as Dwayne Johnson also announced his intention to earn his diploma next month and move on to a Big 12 school — in this case Texas Tech.

The back-to-back departures is a bit of a blow to the Cornhuskers depth along the offensive line but neither was expected to start in 2017 for the team. Johnson appeared in only two games during his Nebraska career while Hannon played in only 15 contests with most of the snaps on special teams. Each faces a big learning curve at their new stops given that both of those Big 12 schools run some version of the Air Raid offense but the move does give them both a fresh start in 2017.

Purdue schedules home-and-home series with TCU… with games a decade apart

Getty Images
Leave a comment

There was a flurry of future schedule changes announced by several college football programs on Thursday afternoon but one of the most curious releases came from TCU and Purdue.

The Horned Frogs and Boilermakers jointly announced a new home-and-home series and the most interesting thing about that was not that the two teams would play at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019, but that the second half of the pairing would take place in Fort Worth… a decade later on Sept. 8, 2029. We’ve become used to teams scheduling years and years in advance but even this seems a bit much. Given how fluid some of these games are, one wonders if the teams will even play that second date, much less have their two head coaches around for it.

“Having played and coached under Howard Schnellenberger, I am a firm believer in playing the most competitive schedule you can on a yearly basis,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said in a release. “TCU has a great history and tradition, and certainly fits the criteria of an outstanding non-conference opponent. We look forward to the matchup.”

While the two schools are on opposite ends of the standings on a regular basis, the meeting in two years could be intriguing given Brohm’s high-scoring offense going up against TCU’s Gary Patterson’s renown defensive schemes. At this point though, it’s probably not even worth the effort to pencil in either of the two for that meeting in 2029, which is one of the more unique scheduling dates on the college football calendar.

Ohio State adds Washington to future schedule, tweaks TCU series

Getty Images
1 Comment

Thursday was a day of scheduling announcements for the Ohio State football program.

Both OSU and Washington announced this afternoon that the schools have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. The Huskies will play host to the first game of the series on Sept. 7, 2024, with the Buckeyes returning the favor Sept. 13, 2025.

The teams have met 11 times previously, the first in 1957 and the last in 2007. All of those games have been played during the regular season.

“Big, early-season matchups between traditional powers is a highlight of every college football season,” said UW head coach Chris Petersen in a statement. “I’m really excited that we’ll be able to bring the Buckeyes to Seattle for what should be a great September afternoon for Husky fans and college football fans everywhere.”

Additionally, OSU announced that its home-and-home with TCU scheduled for the 2018 and 2019 seasons will be pared in half to just one game — a neutral-site matchup Sept. 15, 2018, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Both teams will receive $5 million for playing the game at Jerry World.

With the 2019 game with TCU off the schedule, OSU has confirmed that they have replaced that game with one against Miami of Ohio. Concurrently, TCU announced that it has replaced the second game against OSU with the front-end of a home-and-home with Purdue in West Lafayette. The back-end is scheduled to be played a decade later in Fort Worth.

There are also a couple of additional scheduling notes dropped by OSU this afternoon.

  • The home-and-home with Boston College, originally slated for 2023 and 2024, has been pushed back.  The Buckeyes will be the home team for a game on Sept. 19, 2026, and then travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2027.
  • A home game against Bowling Green Sept. 5, 2020, has been added.
  • A home game against Tulsa Sept. 18, 2021, has been added as well.