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New faces litter Bovada Heisman odds


Thanks to a healthy number of developments that transpired in Week 13, a whole gaggle — or slew, if you will — of players have been brought into the betting side of the Heisman discussion.

In the latest set of Heisman odds released by, a whopping four players have been added to the website’s stiff-armed board, three of whom haven’t been listed all season.  Additionally, one player who had put himself squarely into the mix has been removed while another has dropped considerably.

Braxton Miller, who entered the 2013 season as Bovada‘s Heisman favorite, has returned at 15/1.  The Ohio State quarterback had been off the board since an injury cost him a pair of games in the middle of September.  Joining Miller at 15/1 is record-setting Boston College running back Andre Williams, who is comfortably leading the nation in rushing and had previously been off Bovada’s Heisman radar.

Williams is the only non-quarterback listed.

The two other new entrants are (shock!) a pair of quarterbacks: Fresno State’s Derek Carr (20/1) and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch (28/1).

Florida State’s Jameis Winston, as expected, continues to be Bovada‘s favorite at 1/2 this week, although he’s down from 4/11 in large part because of the off-field controversy that continues to swirl around him.  Alabama’s AJ McCarron‘s odds have skyrocketed thanks to others around him stumbling, going from 13/2 a week ago to 2/1.

Johnny Manziel, who appeared poised to claim his second Heisman thanks to Winston’s issue, was one of those whose candidacies took a significant hit, going from 5/2 to 20/1 following what was arguably the worst performance of his career as A&M’s quarterback.

Coming off the blowout loss to Oklahoma State, Baylor’s Bryce Petty, 10/1 a week ago, has been completed removed from Bovada‘s board.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

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.