That was significantly quicker than anyone really expected.
Very late last month, Wisconsin confirmed that starting linebacker Vince Biegel would be sidelined “for several weeks” because of an injured foot that required surgery to insert a screw. It was thought at the time that, at minimum, Biegel would miss games against Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska.
After missing the first two and with a bye week thrown in as well, the senior is set to return for the Badgers this weekend against the Hawkeyes on the road.
Prior to the foot injury, Biegel had started 29 games in a row for the Badgers.
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
The 2016 presidential election could be coming to a college football stadium near you.
According to the Kansas City Star, a women’s advocacy group, UltraViolet Action, will fly airplanes over five stadiums this Saturday to protest what the group describes as “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ‘long record of misogyny.'” The five stadiums are Michigan Stadium, Ohio Stadium, Kinnick Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field and Wallace Wade Stadium.
The most high-profile of the five games will be in the Big House, with No. 4 Michigan playing host to No. 8 Wisconsin.
The planes that the group have commissioned to do the flyovers will tow behind them banners that read “Trump Says Women R Pigs. Disagree? Vote.” The stadiums selected reside in the so-called swing states of Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The Star writes that “UltraViolet describes itself as a ‘powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.'”
Wisconsin has been one of the pleasant surprises to begin the 2016 season but a lot of folks are not counting on the Badgers to remain in the top 10 of the polls after one of the most brutal schedules in the month of October you can find.
Having already played (and beat) defending conference champion Michigan State last week, Wisconsin travels to No. 4 Michigan, has a bye week, then hosts No. 2 Ohio State. They’re not done after that though, traveling to Iowa and then hosting No. 15 Nebraska in a stretch that should determine the West division champion before the month is up.
Longtime head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez is well aware of what awaits his team and is no fan of such an unbalanced schedule.
“I remember when that schedule came out (in 2013) and I thought, ‘How the hell did you kick out something looking like that?” Alvarez told CBSSports.com. “I think you could take a look at the general strength of some programs and split them up. Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State have been good for a long time. Penn State Nittany Lions normally is in that group. Just make sure someone doesn’t get all three year in a year. That’s hard to do. That’s something the ADs are going to have to talk about some day.”
The Big Ten recently moved to a nine game conference slate which means an additional crossover game between divisions. Wisconsin has been the beneficiary of some weaker schedules in the past (Rutgers/Maryland in 2014/15) but seem to be the poster child this year for drawing all of the major powers from the East division.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany cautioned against reading too much into the Badgers’ schedule in 2016 and wants to see how the current format works out — but didn’t rule out any future changes.
“If I was an AD, I would probably be saying the same thing (as Alvarez),” Delany said. “If I was a football coach, I know I would.”
The conference has released the league schedule through 2019 but you can bet the next set of Big Ten games will likely break up some of the more historically successful programs a little more when it comes to division crossover games. Until then though, ‘On Wisconsin’ will have to be more than the school motto in October for Alvarez and his Badgers.
Tributes to Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have seemingly been a weekly occurrence across college football the first four weeks of the season, and the players’ conference will get on board in Week 5.
A commemorative coin will be used to honor both Foltz and Sadler at all seven Big Ten games this weekend, the league announced Wednesday. As this is the first full weekend of conference action, the coins, with Foltz on one side and Sadler on the other, will be used for the coin flip prior to each league matchup.
The Cornhuskers have decided to use the coins for the remainder of the season.
Folks and Sadler were killed in a July car accident on their way home from a kick camp in Wisconsin. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the wreck, but is kicking this season for the Tigers and honoring both by wearing special cleats.
Below are the coins that will be used, courtesy of the Big Ten: