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Lamar Jackson leapfrogged by Baker Mayfield as Bovada’s Heisman favorite

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So much for that wagering momentum, I guess.

Entering the 2017 season as not only the reigning winner but also as seemingly an afterthought, a pair of scintillating performances to open the year pushed Lamar Jackson to the head of Bovada.lv‘s Heisman Trophy pack.  Coming off a 26-point Week 3 loss to now-No. 2 Clemson in which he totaled nearly 400 yards of offense and three touchdowns, the Louisville quarterback has seen his odds lengthen a bit from 7/4 a week ago to 11/2 in Bovada‘s latest Heisman release.

Bovada’s new betting front-runner?  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who went from 4/1 to 7/4.  Sam Darnold, 6/1, also saw his odds shorten slightly to a Jackson-match 11/2.

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, 10/1 in the previous odds release, is now at 9/1, same as the holding-steady-from-a-week-ago Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

There’s also, interestingly, one true freshman on the board: J.K. Dobbins.  The Ohio State running back went from off the board to 40/1 odds.  His starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett, saw his odds go from 25/1 to 33/1.

Below is the latest set of 2017 Heisman Trophy odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.

Family of WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer says he is out for the year

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Washington State middle linebacker Peyton Pelluer will reportedly miss the remainder of the regular season due to a fractured foot. The news comes from Pelluer’s family by way of a report from The Lewiston Tribune.

According to the report, Pelluer will go in for surgery in the next couple of weeks to repair a foot fracture suffered during the first half of Washington State’s win over Oregon State this past weekend. The rehab timeline of five to six months would bring an obvious end to Pelluer’s season after 34 consecutive starts for the Cougars.

With Pelluer going down for the rest of the year, Washington State is expected to plug the spot at middle linebacker with Nate DeRider. DeRider replaced Pelluer on the field following the injury against the Beavers.

Clemson moves to No. 2 in latest AP poll, Mississippi State joins at No. 17

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Mississippi State has leapt from the ranks of the unranked all the way to No. 17 in the latest AP poll, released Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs walloped then-No. 12 LSU 37-7 in Starkville on Saturday evening, the club’s largest margin of victory in the 111-game history of the series. Additionally, Mississippi State’s road blowout victory over Louisiana Tech became even more impressive when the red-and-blue Bulldogs went on the road and beat defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky.

Elsewhere, San Diego State, Utah and Oregon made their 2017 debuts in the AP poll, replacing Kansas State, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA. Clemson’s 47-21 drubbing of Louisville allowed the Tigers to nudge past Oklahoma for the No. 2 spot in the poll and pull within 60 points of the No. 1 ranking.

The full poll:

  1. Alabama — 1,504 total points (45 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson — 1,446 (15)
  3. Oklahoma — 1,432 (1)
  4. Penn State — 1,306
  5. USC — 1,241
  6. Oklahoma State — 1,154
  7. Washington — 1,141
  8. Michigan — 1,081
  9. Wisconsin — 1,031
  10. Ohio State — 1,015
  11. Georgia — 940
  12. Florida State — 922
  13. Virginia Tech — 730
  14. Miami — 606
  15. Auburn — 596
  16. TCU — 553
  17. Mississippi State — 532
  18. Washington State — 419
  19. Louisville — 356
  20. Florida — 308
  21. South Florida — 272
  22. San Diego State — 201
  23. Utah — 194
  24. Oregon — 158
  25. LSU — 153

Alabama remains No. 1 in latest Coaches’ Poll

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The lesser of the two exhibition polls was released early Sunday afternoon, and Alabama held off Clemson for the No. 1 spot. There was some thought the Tigers could pass the Tide after their second consecutive impressive victory, but Alabama generated 59 first-place votes to Clemson’s six.

Elsewhere, Mississippi State was this week’s highest climber, jumping into the poll at No. 19. Their victim, LSU, plummeted from No. 12 to No. 23.

Additionally, Stanford, Kansas State and UCLA dropped out after their respective losses Saturday, and Oregon and San Diego State joined the Bulldogs as 2017 newcomers to the poll.

The full poll:

  1. Alabama — 1,618 total points (59 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson — 1,535 (6)
  3. Oklahoma — 1,505
  4. Penn State — 1,364
  5. USC — 1,348
  6. Washington — 1,277
  7. Oklahoma State — 1,219
  8. Michigan — 1,171
  9. Ohio State — 1,052
  10. Wisconsin — 1,032
  11. Florida State — 985
  12. Georgia — 978
  13. Virginia Tech — 775
  14. Miami — 659
  15. TCU — 602
  16. Auburn — 555
  17. South Florida — 446
  18. Washington State — 441
  19. Mississippi State — 412
  20. Louisville — 382
  21. Utah — 324
  22. Florida — 312
  23. LSU — 243
  24. Oregon — 208
  25. San Diego State — 141

Surging Lamar Jackson is Bovada’s prohibitive Heisman favorite

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After two weeks of the 2017 season, Lamar Jackson is no longer the proverbial forgotten man.

The Louisville quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner was seemingly an afterthought when it came to discussing the 2017 winner of the award this offseason, perhaps in part because just one player has won two and only a couple of players, including Herschel Walker and Tim Tebow, have even come close. With over 1,000 yards of offense and eight total touchdowns in the first two games of the season, Jackson’s back. Still.

Just last week, Jackson leapfrogged USC quarterback Sam Darnold ,the offseason-long front-runner, as Bovada.lv‘s Heisman favorite, with the former going from 15/2 in the preseason to 4/1 and the latter moving from 9/2 to 6/1. This week, Jackson is at 7/4 in Bovada‘s most recent odds while Darnold remains at 6/1. That does, though, leave Darnold behind Baker Mayfield as well, with the Oklahoma quarterback moving from 7/1 to 4/1 on the strength of his play in the huge road win over Ohio State.

The only other player with single-digit odds was Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 9/1.

Below is the latest set of 2017 Heisman Trophy odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.