There is a new preseason favorite for the 2016 Heisman Trophy, at least as far as Bovada is concerned.
The betting service Tuesday listed LSU running back Leonard Fournette checks in with the best odds at 9/2. He moved ahead of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose odds went from 9/2 in January to 5/1 now.
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey’s odds moved to 11/2 while Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are all at 12/1.
Several players were added to the board since January, including UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (16/1), Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (20/1) and Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham (28/1).
The group of newcomers also includes both of the competitors to be Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire are both set at 28/1.
Despite all the hubbub the SEC raised over the issue over the past year, there was always a third option on the table between permitting and banning them: opting out.
Clemson’s doing it, and on Friday Jimbo Fisher confirmed his Seminoles of Florida State will do the same this summer.
“We satellite right here in Tallahassee,” Fisher told the Associated Press.
Of course, the ‘Noles actually opted out of the satellite camp circuit much earlier than today. Florida State had no camps announced, and if you don’t have any camps announced by June 17, you don’t have any plans at all.
The reasoning is simple. Florida State has done just fine in recruiting despite not holding satellite camps whilst others do, and there’s no reason to change that just because more schools are getting involved. The ‘Noles do the vast majority of their prospecting in the general area of Tallahassee, and recruits that can’t find a way to campus probably aren’t that interested in Florida State anyway.
It was that way in 1990. It was that way in 2001. It was that way in 2015. And it’s still that way today.
If only the SEC had realized that last summer, we could have avoided all the empty air blasted into our precious atmosphere between then and now.
Nearly six decades after playing football in Tallahassee, Burt Reynolds is back on the gridiron, albeit a little further north this time. And in a decidedly different role.
The former Florida State Seminole and current actor made an appearance inside of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium as he’s shooting a film titled Dog Years with Ariel Winter. As Wes Rucker of 247Spots.com wrote, Dog Years is “an upcoming dark comedy movie about an emotionally unstable young woman (Winter) who’s assigned to be the driver of an aging former movie star (Reynolds).”
And how do we know Reynolds was inside of the football home of the Vols? Because Winter, a star of Modern Family, posted a picture of her and Reynolds in the stadium.
What role Neyland Stadium plays in the plot of the film is unclear.
The 80-year-old Reynolds played football for the Seminoles in the mid-fifties before injuries derailed what was a once-promising collegiate career. Here’s Reynolds’ official bio from the FSU website:
Buddy Reynolds began his Florida State football career with a 33-yard pass reception against the Georgia Bulldogs as a freshman in 1954. A knee injury forced him from the lineup in mid-season and he missed the entire 1955 campaign following surgery. He returned to Florida State in 1957 but once again was sidelined by injury, which ended a promising career. He went on to become one of the most successful actors in box office history and earned an Academy Award nomination in 1999. For years he has hosted a segment of the Bobby Bowden Show along with close friend Gene Deckerhoff and he has remained a ardent supporter of Seminole Athletics and the entire university.
Here’s how wacko, bonkers, crazy college sports has gotten in the past half-decade, and more specifically the money taken in by the SEC and Big Ten: the ACC saw its revenue jump by nearly $100 million in 2014-15 — and they’re worried about falling behind.
Whereas a decade ago simply making $100 million as a conference would’ve been cause for a clicking of heels in Greensboro, the ACC’s jump from $302.3 million in 2013-14 to $403.1 million in 2014-15, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today, is met by concern of just how in the heck they’re going to match the SEC’s $527.4 million and the Big Ten’s $448.8 million without what those two leagues have — a TV network.
The ACC has seen revenues jump nearly $170 million in two years, and the 2014-15 jump was thanks in large part to a $30 million exit fee played by Maryland in leaving for the Big Ten.
Commissioner John Swofford saw his pay grow along with his conference’s, from $2.1 million and change to just under $2.7 million.
The ACC was the final Power 5 to release its financials for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and with all five out we now have a full picture of how the schools stack up on a per school basis (full shares only):
- SEC: $32.6 million*
- Big Ten: $32.4 million
- ACC: $25.8 million*
- Pac-12: $25.1 million
- Big 12: $23.4 million^
* – Splitting difference between highest and lowest distributions, as listed by USA Today
^ – Does not include third-tier payments such as Longhorn Network
The top two teams in the ACC, Clemson and Florida State, are widely expected to once again lead the way in the ACC and the first batch of season win totals from Las Vegas outlet The Golden Nugget back that up. The initial 2016 win totals for a handful of college football programs were released by The Golden Nugget this week, and it would appear the sportsbook expects a big season from the defending ACC champion and national runner-up Clemson.
As noted by The Sporting News, The Golden Nugget gave a regular season win total of 10 to Clemson and Oklahoma, both coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season. Florida State also gets a double-digit win total, as does Tennessee. Defending national champion Alabama has a line of 9.5 for its win total.
Tennessee having a higher win total than Alabama? Well, consider the divisions each play in. The SEC West is still arguably a stronger division than the SEC East, suggesting Tennessee will have an easier path to hitting 10 wins during the regular season. Tennessee opens the season on a neutral field against Virginia Tech in Bristol, while Alabama hits the big stage in Arlington to take on USC. The Trojans have a win total of just 7.5. There was no number available for Virginia Tech.
Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State has a win total number of 8, which is half a game lower than the 8.5 given to Ohio State (take the over now while you can) and 1.5 games lower than in-state rival Michigan (9.5). Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford has to get to eight games to break even. The Golden Nugget set UCLA’s win total at nine, the highest among Pac-12 teams.
Clemson 10 (over -120)
Florida State 10 (over -120)
Oklahoma 10 (under -130)
LSU 9.5 (over -140)
Michigan 9.5 (over -120)
Houston 9 (under -150)
Notre Dame 9 (under -125)
Ohio State 8.5 (over -115)
Baylor 9 (under -125)
Michigan State 8 (under -135)
Stanford 8 (under -130
Ole Miss 7.5 (under -115)
Georgia 8.5 (over -145)
Auburn 7 (over -120)
UCLA 9 (over -120)
USC 7.5 (over -120)
Oregon 8.5 (under -120)
Florida 8 (under -125)
TCU 8.5 (under -125)
Oklahoma State (under -130)