As you might have expected to be the case, Clemson has been bumped up the betting board when it comes to the national championship odds after handing Louisville their first loss of the season. According to the updated national championship odds released today by Bovada, Clemson has a 7/2 chance to win it all this season, tying Ohio State for the second-best championship odds. Alabama remains atop the Bovada board at 3/1.
Louisville dropped from 11/2 to 10/1, which is still pretty good. The Cardinals now have the same odds as Houston (Houston and Louisville play each other in November, don’t forget). Washington also received a bump following a big win, improving their odds from 14/1 to 15/2.
This week, Bovada dropped Georgia, Iowa, Texas and TCU from the board, while West Virginia was added (1501/1), as was Colorado (1501/1).
National Championship Odds via Bovada
- Alabama – 3/1
- Clemson – 7/2
- Ohio state – 7/2
- Washington – 15/2
- Houston – 10/1
- Louisville – 10/1
- Michigan – 10/1
- Texas A&M – 20/1
- Tennessee – 25/1
- Florida – 33/1
- Miami – 33/1
- Nebraska – 50/1
- Arkansas – 66/1
- Ole Miss – 66/1
- Baylor – 66/1
- North Carolina – 75/1
- Wisconsin – 75/1
- Boise State – 100/1
- Florida State – 100/1
- Oklahoma – 100/1
- Stanford – 100/1
- Colorado – 1501/1
- Utah – 150/1
- West Virginia – 150/1
Despite the loss to Clemson, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson remains the Heisman front runner according to Bovada. Jackson still has a 2/5 shot at winning the Heisman, with his odds remaining unchanged over the weekend. Deshaun Watson crept to second on the board behind him, with a 5/1 chance. He moved past Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (7/1).
Latest Heisman Trophy Odds via Bovada
- Lamar Jackson – 2/5
- Deshaun Watson – 5/1
- J.T. Barrett – 7/1
- Christian McCaffrey – 12/1
- Greg Ward Jr. – 16/1
- Dalvin Cook – 25/1
- Josh Dobbs – 25/1
- Jabrill Peppers – 33/1
- Mitch Trubisky – 33/1
- Jalen Hurts – 66/1
Jim Harbaugh has been known for using a bit of hyperbole from time to time but it sounds as though he was really, really, really upset at a call in the final few minutes of No. 2 Michigan’s 41-8 win over Illinois on Saturday.
Wolverines quarterback John O’Korn had completed a third-and-nine pass to Drake Harris that officials had marked short of the first down by nearly two yards. Harbaugh quickly challenged the spot but Big Ten replay officials upheld the call to force a fourth down decision that was a little longer than it should have been according to the coach.
“I’ve never seen a worse call in the game of football,” Harbaugh said at his Monday press conference. “My understanding of the rules and the review system is it’s the spot, it’s to get the correct spot.”
Michigan won the game in blowout fashion of course and the call was irrelevant to the final score as the Wolverines got the first down on the next play and then kneeled down to end the game. But the comments and decision to challenge a call over a few feet does show the level to which Harbaugh will compete on the field.
Apparently that is something that is now well-known by Big Ten officials too.
Clemson running back Wayne Gallman has been dealing with the aftereffects of a concussion that knocked him out of the team’s win over N.C. State.
He seemed pretty clear on what he thought about the hit that caused that concussion however, telling the Associated Press that the play was “dirty.”
“You saw him lead with his head,” Gallman said of Wolfpack defensive back Dravious Wright. “He came with his head.
“I wanted somebody to hurt him that was in the game if they could.”
Gallman was knocked out on the play and said he didn’t recall anything until a few minutes later. Clemson apparently sent video of the hit to the ACC office, but was told that it was a legal play (no flag was thrown on it either).
The tailback was held out of some of the Tigers practices last week as they rested on their bye but added that he will be good to go for this week’s matchup with Florida State in a game that could seal the ACC Atlantic division for Clemson with a win.
Gallman, a redshirt junior, is expected by many to enter the NFL Draft after the season so it means he likely won’t be facing N.C. State again on the field so it looks like he’ll have to take his frustration about the play out on the Seminoles on Saturday.
Oklahoma’s defense has not had the best of weeks.
The Sooners gave up 59 points on Saturday to Texas Tech and allowed quarterback Patrick Mahomes to set an FBS record for total offense as he did just about whatever he wanted in the passing game. While the team ultimately won the game, giving up that many points and yards has naturally led to some questions about Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator.
Head coach Bob Stoops isn’t having any of that however, and it’s not just because the coordinator in question is his brother Mike Stoops.
“It’s all of us, too. It isn’t just my brother and I. It’s also coach [Kerry] Cooks, coach [Calvin] Thibodeaux, coach [Tim] Kish, everybody in there,” Stoops said Monday, according to the Associated Press. “It’s the same coordinator that also led the league in every defensive category a year ago, and made it to the final four. We’re not running a new defense. He didn’t bring in something different. It’s the same defense. If it’s worked before, it’ll work again, and I’ve got confidence in it. And I’m also part of what we’re doing.”
Oklahoma is ranked 16th in the country and remain one of the favorites to win the Big 12 this season but it’s clear that they won’t be doing that if things don’t improve on the defensive side of the ball. The Sooners are allowing over 40 points per game in conference play and are last in the league in pass defense.
Luckily there is a cure for some those defensive ills coming up this week as Oklahoma hosts 1-6 Kansas for homecoming. It’s probably safe in saying the defense will be able to bounce back against the lowly Jayhawks but if they struggle again, you can bet those calls for Stoops to make some changes on his coaching staff will grow even louder.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has missed the team’s last two games dealing with a host of injuries but it turns out that one might be more serious than was initially indicated.
Rosen was hurt in two separate incidents in the Bruins’ loss at Arizona State three weeks ago. While he appears to have recovered from a minor lower leg injury, he has yet to play for the team in losses to Washington State and Utah as the result of his shoulder injury.
Backup Mike Fafaul has taken over and thrown for nearly 800 yards in Rosen’s absence but it’s clear that the team needs their star quarterback back if they want to end their current three-game losing streak and get a chance to make a bowl game.
If there’s one bit of good news it’s that the signal-caller is getting some extra time to rest up as UCLA is on their bye this week before traveling to Colorado next Thursday.