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Who has the best odds to make the College Football Playoff, besides Alabama?


The latest batch of College Football Playoff selection committee rankings will be released in a few hours, but Bovada has already updated their odds to make the playoff this season ahead of the latest rankings. No matter how the rankings look tonight, the playoff picture is beginning to come into view.

Alabama remains not just the favorite to win the national championship, but the Crimson Tide are an easy favorite to make the playoffs according to the latest Bovada odds. Oklahoma may be a rising favorite to win the national championship, but the Sooners actually have the third-best odds of making the playoff behind last year’s national champions, Clemson. Whatever the case, Bovada feels pretty confident the ACC champion is going to get in this season. Miami is listed with the fourth-best odds to make the playoff, suggesting the ACC champion is a pretty safe bet if you pick the right team.

The same may not be said for the Pac-12. USC has the best odds among Pac-12 teams at +1000, which are the same odds currently given to Michigan, the team sitting in fourth place in the Big Ten East Division as of today. Michigan actually has better odds than Penn State (+1500), a team they were dominated by earlier this season. Wisconsin (+150) and Ohio State (+300) have much better odds of reaching the playoff out of the Big Ten.

From the best odds to the worst on the board, here is how Bovada is currently listing the playoff contenders

  • Alabama -700
  • Clemson -250
  • Oklahoma -200
  • Miami -140
  • Wisconsin +150
  • Georgia +170
  • Auburn +200
  • Ohio State +300
  • Michigan +1000
  • USC +1000
  • Penn State +1500
  • TCU +1500
  • Notre Dame +2000
  • Oklahoma State +2000
  • Washington +2000

Virginia Tech announces Terrell Edmunds underwent season-ending surgery

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Virgina Tech will play the final games of their 2017 season without one of their top players. Safety Terrell Edmunds had surgery on his left shoulder, and the recovery will cost him the remainder of the college football season.

“Terrell has battled through this condition for much of the season without missing any playing,” Virgina Tech head coach Justin Fuente said in a released statement. “After further evaluation, our medical staff, Terrell and his family all agreed that the most prudent course of action was to undergo surgery and begin the rehab process as soon as possible.”

The Hokies now are hurting in the defensive secondary in the final weeks of the season. Divine Deablo has been out with a fractured left foot since earlier in the season.

Edmunds’ season ends with two interceptions and 59 tackles in 10 games. Edmunds still has a year of eligibility should he return to the program for the 2018 season.

Baker Mayfield headlines Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalists

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield may be solidly on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy, but he may also have a decent chance of taking home some other hardware this award season as well. Mayfield was named one of the five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award today.

The Golden Arm Award is given to the nation’s top quarterback in his senior or fourth year of college football (freshmen and sophomores are not eligible), and this year’s crop of finalists is an impressive one. In addition to Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, and NC State’s Ryan Finley were named finalists for the award.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson won the award a year ago. It could be a coincidence, but the award has gone to a quarterback playing in the College Football Playoff each of the past three seasons. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the award in 2014 and Michigan State’s Connor Cook won the award in 2015. Mayfield appears to be in a position to keep that trend going if he is the favorite to win this year’s Golden Arm Award.

The last Oklahoma player to win the award, and the only one thus far, was Jason White in 2004. No player from Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State or NC State has won the award, which was first presented in 1987 to Don McPherson of Syracuse.

WATCH: Tennessee State player who decked coach with pair of sideline punches dismissed, expelled

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Yep, that’ll do it.

According to The Tennessean, Tennessee State defensive end Latrelle Lee has not only been dismissed from the FCS program but expelled from the university after he punched Tigers strength & conditioning coach T.J. Greenstone twice in the head on the sidelines during this past Saturday’s win over Southeast Missouri State.  Greenstone serves as TSU’s “get-back” coach for players, charged with keeping them from creeping toward the field of play and, in the process, keeping the team from drawing a flag.

For whatever reason, Lee didn’t appreciate Greenstone carrying out one of his duties this time around as he punched the coach twice, the second of which was hard enough to knock the member of head coach Rod Reed‘s staff to the ground.

The reason behind Lee, a senior, getting violent with the coach is unknown at the moment.  Neither the parties involved nor the football program have offered any specifics publicly.

It should be noted, somewhat ironically as it turns out, that Lee had been majoring in criminal justice prior to the attack that led to his being expelled.  Whether he gets, because of the video evidence, an up-close and personal view of the criminal justice system remains to be seen.

More chatter connects Jimbo Fisher to potential opening at A&M

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There’s not even an opening (yet) at Texas A&M, but a big coaching fish continues to surface as a potential replacement for Kevin Sumlin.

Earlier this month, Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle was the first to mention Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher as one who could succeed Sumlin if the program goes in another direction, saying during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show that “Fisher has been mentioned around [College Station] for some time now.”  Tuesday, Dan Wolken of USA Today added additional fuel to the Fisher-A&M speculation.  From Wolken’s report:

A&M is expected to inquire about the interest level of… Fisher once its separation from current coach Kevin Sumlin is official at the end of the season, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Wolken also noted a “longstanding relationship” between Fisher and current A&M athletic director Scott Woodward.  During Fisher’s time on Nick Saban’s LSU coaching staff, Woodward served the university chancellor’s representative to the athletic department.

The rumors connecting Fisher to the Aggies come amidst what is easily the head coach’s worst season in Tallahassee.  After going 78-17 his first seven seasons, including one national title and three ACC championships, the Seminoles are 3-6 in 2017.  In order to avoid missing out on a bowl for the first time since 1981, FSU needs wins in each of its last three games.

While the same can’t be said for some members of his coaching staff, there’s been relatively little fire-him heat on Fisher specifically during this lost season, although that could change if no moves are made on assistants/coordinators in the offseason.  Should Fisher, who had been connected to the LSU job the last couple of years and is said to have built an SEC program that plays in the ACC, opt to leave the Seminoles for the Aggies, or anyone else for that matter, he would reportedly owe the university, at most, in the neighborhood of $7 million.

As for Sumlin?  He came into the 2017 season with a very public win-or-else mandate from his boss.  Following a historic season-opening collapse against UCLA, one regent very publicly called for the coach’s immediate ouster.  While such rhetoric has somewhat abated, the fact that the 6-4 Aggies are looking at potentially a fourth straight 8-5 season in Year 6 under Sumlin doesn’t bode well for the coach’s future.

In fact, the biggest news to come out of Wolken’s report may not even be A&M’s interest in Fisher.  Instead, it very well could be that the college football insider wrote as if the decision has already been made to can the coach. “[O]nce its separation from current coach Kevin Sumlin is official at the end of the season,” Wolken wrote.

Regardless, it appears the 2017-18 coaching carousel is in full swing and won’t slow down for the next 6-8 weeks.  Buckle up.  And grab your popcorn.