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EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Corey Clement #6 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball during the game against the Michigan State Spartns at Spartan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Coaches Poll: Alabama No. 1, Wisconsin and Miami continue to climb

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There was not a whole lot of movement in the top portion of the Amway Coaches Poll this week, as most of the top teams maintained their positioning within the top 10. Alabama remains on top of the coaches poll, without much debate, ahead of Ohio State, Clemson and Louisville.

The Miami Hurricanes had the biggest rise in the coaches poll this week, jumping up five spots to No. 14 with a 3-0 record. The Hurricanes trail No. 13 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 in this week’s coaches poll.

No. 8 Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, joining Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. No. 15 Nebraska moved ahead of No. 16 Michigan State this week.

Here is the full coaches top 25 for this week, with first-place votes noted;

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Ohio State (2)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Houston
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Washington
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Tennessee
  12. Florida State
  13. Baylor
  14. Miami
  15. Nebraska
  16. Michigan State
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Utah
  19. TCU
  20. Georgia
  21. Florida
  22. Arkansas
  23. North Carolina
  24. San Diego State
  25. Texas

Alabama still Bovada’s title favorite, but Ohio State’s gaining fast

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17:  J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks with his offense off the field in the second half of their game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Much like they are in the polls, Ohio State’s closing in on the defending national champions in the eyes of one wagering establishment.

As it did with the Heisman Trophy, Bovada.lv released a new set of odds for the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, with Alabama coming in with slightly shorter odds at 7/2. A week ago, the Tide sat at 4/1.

Right behind them, though, is OSU at 4/1. Last week, prior to going into Norman and putting a whooping on Oklahoma, the Buckeyes were at 7/1.

The team making the biggest upward move, however, was Louisville. On the strength of the U of L’s utter evisceration of Florida State in Week 3, the Cardinals saw their odds go from 20/1 to 13/2. FSU’s odds, meanwhile, tumbled from 6/1 to 25/1 in the wake of the beatdown.

Below is the complete set of CFP title odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

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Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is Bovada’s overwhelming Heisman favorite

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs for a touchdown during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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As the Lamar Jackson Heisman hype train hurtles down the tracks, at least one wagering establishment has wholeheartedly hopped aboard.

In its latest set of odds released Tuesday afternoon, Bovada.lv has pushed the Louisville quarterback to its pole position for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.  In fact, Jackson, whose 18 touchdowns this season are more than all but seven teams have scored through three weeks, is the site’s overwhelming favorite at 1/2 after being at 6/1 just one week ago.

The Sept. 13 favorite, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, has gone from 5/1 to 8/1.  Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (9/2) has slightly longer odds at 11/2, while Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett held steady at 6/1.

Greg Ward Jr. saw one of the biggest surges as the Houston quarterback went from 25/1 a week ago to 16/1.

Leonard Fournette was Bovada‘s preseason Heisman favorite at 4/1.  The LSU running back dropped to 12/1 after Week 2 and 20/1 after Week 3.  Around this time last year, Fournette was the Bovada favorite for the Heisman that ultimately went to Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who couldn’t even crack the top six 12 months ago.

Two players that were off the board last go ’round were added: San Diego State running back Donnell Pumphrey (25/1) and Washington quarterback Jake Browning (40/1).  A handful of players were taken off the board, most notably quarterbacks Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Josh Rosen (UCLA).

Below is the complete list of Heisman Trophy odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:


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Coaches Poll: Big Ten takes four of top 10, Louisville surges to No. 4

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates with Jamari Staples #2 after he ran for a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles  at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Alabama once again maintains a sizable lead atop the latest Amway Coaches Poll after coming from behind to put away Ole Miss on the road this weekend. The Crimson Tide received 59 first-place votes out of 64 to cement their place on top of the coaches poll once again. No. 2 Ohio State earned three first-place votes from the coaches this week after a road win at Oklahoma, who fell out of the top 25 at 1-2.

No. 3 Clemson picked up the lone remaining first-place vote after finally appearing to wake up against South Carolina State. Louisville, despite blasting last week’s No. 2 team (Florida State), did not pick up a first-place vote from the coaches. They did, however, jump up to No. 4. Florida State was dropped to No. 14. No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Houston, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Wisconsin complete this week’s top 10 according to the coaches.

Oklahoma and Notre Dame each fell out of the top 25 in the coaches poll this week after their second loss of the season, but No. 21 Ole Miss managed to stay just inside the top 25 with an identical record despite blowing double-digit leads two times in the first three weeks. No. 25 Iowa barely hangs on to a spot in the top 25 following a home loss to FCS juggernaut North Dakota State. Perhaps that indicates the respect the coaches have for the Bison.

Here is the full coaches poll for this week, with first-place votes noted:

  1. Alabama (59)
  2. Ohio State (3)
  3. Clemson (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan
  6. Stanford
  7. Houston
  8. Michigan State
  9. Washington
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Georgia
  12. Tennessee
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Florida State
  15. Baylor
  16. Florida
  17. LSU
  18. Arkansas
  19. Miami
  20. Nebraska
  21. TCU
  22. Ole Miss
  23. Utah
  24. Texas
  25. Iowa

AP Top 25: No. 1 Alabama stays ahead of rising Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Bo Scarbrough #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There was no change at the top of the latest Associated Press top 25 this week, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 56 first-place votes. They were followed this week by No. 2 Florida State, with the Seminoles picking up four first-place votes. Big Ten rivals No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan fall in line behind the Tide and Noles, with the Wolverines picking up another first-place vote this week. No. 5 Clemson was knocked down a few spots after a sluggish performance at home against Troy.

No. 6 Houston, No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 Washington held on to their spots in the AP poll this week, and No. 9 Wisconsin was bumped up one spot. Rounding out the top 10 this week is Louisville, up three spots from the previous week. No. 11 Texas and No. 12 Michigan State remained where they were a week ago. No. 13 Iowa moved up a few spots following a dismantling of Iowa State, jumping over No. 14 Oklahoma. No. 15 Tennessee rebounded to move up two spots this week following a more convincing win compared to their opener.

No. 16 Georgia was the big loser despite winning. The Bulldogs were punished for their home struggle against Nicholls State, dropping from No. 9 down to No. 16 this week. Following the Bulldogs were No. 17 Texas A&M, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 20 LSU.

New teams in the AP top 25 this week include No. 23 Florida and No. 24 Arkansas.

Here si the full AP Top 25 after the second week of college football action, with first-place votes noted:

  1. Alabama (56)
  2. Florida State (4)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan (1)
  5. Clemson
  6. Houston
  7. Stanford
  8. Washington
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Louisville
  11. Texas
  12. Michigan State
  13. Iowa
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Tennessee
  16. Georgia
  17. Texas A&M
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Ole Miss
  20. LSU
  21. Baylor
  22. Oregon
  23. Florida
  24. Arkansas
  25. Miami