After shifting almost weekly from player to player to player before the start of the 2013 season and into 2013, the odds are settling in on a favorite Duck.
Marcus Mariota was 9/2 in mid-September, slightly ahead of Johnny Manziel‘s 5/1; two weeks later, the Oregon quarterback is far and away the favorite at 8/5, even in the face of a HesimanPundit straw poll of actual voters that has the reigning stiff-armed trophy winner ahead at this point in time.
One word of warning: On Sept. 21 of last year, West Virginia’s Geno Smith was Bovada‘s betting favorite. Five weeks later, Kansas State’s Collin Klein was that wagering website’s overwhelming favorite. Manziel wasn’t among the 15 players listed in the September odds, nor was he among the eight listed in the Oct. 25 set of odds. He finally joined the Heisman party — albeit behind Klein — in mid-November.
Speaking of Manziel, and somewhat surprisingly, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater has leapfrogged the Texas A&M quarterback in this latest release. Bridgewater, 13/2 two weeks ago, is now at 11/2. Manziel, meanwhile, has just as inexplicably dropped to 15/2, even as his one-for-the-ages performance in a loss to Alabama came after the last release.
The opposing quarterback in that game, the Tide’s AJ McCarron, is at 10/1, as is Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. McCarron’s stock has dipped a bit in the eyes of Bovada as he was at 13/2 in mid-September.
Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 8/5
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 11/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/2
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 12/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 15/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 20/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 25/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 25/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 25/1
Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 25/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 66/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 100/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1
LSU received some good news and not so good news ahead of its first game without Les Miles on the sidelines in more than a decade.
On the latter news front, star running back Leonard Fournette is listed as a game-day decision for Saturday’s contest against Missouri because of a lingering ankle issue. The All-American initially injured the ankle during a mid-August summer camp practice; then aggravated it against Wisconsin in the opener; sat out the Week 2 game against an FCS foe; and then aggravated it again in Week 4 against Auburn.
After leading the country in yards per game last season with nearly 163 yards per game, Fournette is currently 10th at 128.7. That total still tops the SEC.
On a more positive tip for the Tigers, interim head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed that starting defensive lineman Davon Godchaux has been reinstated to the program and will be permitted to practice with his teammates. Whether he plays this Saturday remains to be seen. Godchaux had been arrested on a pair of charges stemming from a domestic incident over the weekend, but the prosecutor in the case announced Tuesday that he would not be filing formal charges.
Godchaux has started all four games this season (26 in his career) and is fifth on the team in tackles.
Three playing members of the Nebraska football program who knelt in protest during the playing of the national anthem Saturday faced significant — and some racially-charged — criticism for their actions, including one NU regent who wants the players removed from the program. The state’s governor, Pete Ricketts (pictured, right), was highly critical as well.
“Generations of men and women have died to give them that right to protest,” Ricketts said. “I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.”
One of the NU kneelers, senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, took to Twitter to ask the governor to met with him and discuss the issues that led he and his teammates, freshmen Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal, to kneel in protest.
Late Tuesday night, Ricketts responded.
Imagine that, discussion, not rhetoric, on both sides of an issue. What a revolutionary concept.
In the eyes of some, Jimbo Fisher left the door open for a departure from Florida State in his first public comments since LSU fired Les Miles.
“I’m not talking about LSU. No I haven’t [had contact with the Tigers] and I’m not talking about it,” the head coach said Monday.
Two days later, Fisher, one of the wagering favorites to replace Miles, attempted to slam the door on a potential departure, although some will see his “plan on” qualifier as leaving the door propped open yet again.
“I love this university. I plan on being here for a long time,” Fisher said during Wednesday’s ACC coaches’ teleconference. “I love Florida State, and that’s all I’m saying. I’ll talk about myself and Florida State.
“Anything else is clutter, and does not concern me, and is not involving me.”
Fisher spent seven seasons (2000-2006) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU before leaving for the same jobs — and the added title of head coach in waiting — at FSU. Taking over for Bobby Bowden following the 2009 season, Fisher has guided the Seminoles to a 71-15 record in six-plus seasons, with 2013 ending with a national championship.
Last year as speculation centered on Miles’ tenuous status, Fisher was mentioned as a potential candidate then as well. In fact, some reports had Fisher “intermediaries” in talks with LSU, although, obviously, nothing ever came of it if it indeed actually happened.
As No. 10 Washington gets set to host No. 7 Stanford in one of Week 5’s biggest matchups, the latter’s secondary will be down a couple of men in going up against one of the top young quarterbacks in the Pac-12.
David Shaw confirmed Tuesday that both Quenton Meeks (pictured) and Alijah Holder will not play for the Cardinal against the Huskies. The starting cornerbacks were injured in Stanford’s Week 4 win over UCLA.
That tandem is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Alameen Murphy and Terrence Alexander. Those two will be making their first career starts.
UW’s Jake Browning‘s 14 touchdown passes are tied for second nationally and amongst Pac-12 quarterbacks as well. The sophomore has just two interceptions in his 95 pass attempts.
In addition to Meeks and Holder, starting fullback Daniel Marx has been ruled out because of an injury suffered against the Bruins.
On top of that trio, the Cardinal had previously announced that wide receiver Francis Owusu has been ruled out of this Saturday’s game with a concussion.