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Tide still betting favorite for 2013 BCS title


Nothing that’s transpired their first two games of the 2013 season has changed the view of Alabama in the eyes of  If anything, it’s been enhanced slightly.

In tandem with the release of the latest Heisman odds, Bovada released its odds for the 2013 BCS national championship and, as expected, the Tide is the prohibitive favorite.  At 2/1, the Tide has seen a slight uptick from its 5/2 preseason odds released Aug. 27.

Oregon, however, is closing fast, leapfrogging Ohio State and coming in at 4/1 after ending the preseason at 9/1.  The Buckeyes have dropped slightly to 13/2 from 6/1.

Clemson (20/1 in late August) and Florida State (22/1) are at 12/1, with LSU (18/1) and Stanford (16/1) next at 14/1.

Texas A&M, likely due to the home loss to Alabama, has slipped from 14/1 and behind just Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon all the way to longshots at 100-1.  That’s the same as the likes of Florida and Northwestern.

Another Texas school has taken an even more precipitous drop.  In late August, Texas stood at 20/1, the same odds as Clemson and ahead of teams such as Florida State and South Carolina; after being embarrassed the past two weeks, the Longhorns aren’t even listed in Bovada‘s latest release.

Louisville, despite starting the season 3-0 and winning those games by an average of 31 points, has now fallen from 14/1 to 25/1.

Below are the latest odds for the 2013 BCS title, again courtesy of

Alabama 2/1
Oregon 4/1
Ohio State 13/2
Clemson 12/1
Florida State 12/1
LSU 14/1
Stanford 14/1
Michigan 16/1
Oklahoma State 16/1
Miami 20/1
Georgia 22/1
Louisville 25/1
UCLA 28/1
Oklahoma 40/1
Arizona State 66/1
Washington 66/1
Mississippi 75/1
South Carolina 75/1
Florida 100/1
Northwestern 100/1
Texas A&M 100/1
Auburn 150/1
Georgia Tech 150/1
Arizona 300/1
Arkansas 300/1
Michigan State 300/1
Missouri 300/1
Notre Dame 300/1
Wisconsin 300/1
USC 500/1
Virginia Tech 500/1

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”