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Baker Mayfield, J.T. Barrett, Lamar Jackson and Sam Darnold among 2017 Heisman Trophy favorites

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The new college football season may still be a long way away, but it is never too early to place your bets on who you think will win the Heisman Trophy in the 2017 season. The very early favorite, according to odds released by Bovada on Monday, is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Bovada gives Mayfield 11/2 odds to win the Heisman Trophy this fall. He is followed by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (6/1), which sets up a nice Heisman Trophy showdown in September when the defending Big 12 champions head to Columbus for the second game in a home-and-home series that was won by Ohio State in Norman in 2016. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, is listed with 7/1 odds, with USC’s rising star quarterback Sam Darnold listed at 9/1.

Penn State’s dynamic duo of running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley each have 10/1 odds, along with Washington quarterback Jake Browning.

Looking back to the early odds from last January, Barrett and Mayfield each had 10/1 Heisman odds. Louisville’s Jackson was not on the radar.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough injured and O.J. Howard strikes again!

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Things have been happening pretty quickly in the third quarter of the College Football Playoff national championship game. Right after Clemson lost redshirt freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell to an apparent ankle injury, Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough was helped off the field and later taken into the locker room for medical treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

Scarbrough had two long touchdown runs in the game and led all players with 93 rushing yards.

There was some happier news for Alabama later on the drive though as they were able to roll out a play they must have been waiting all night for. Similar to last year, it was tight end O.J. Howard finding himself in open space with plenty of room to run on a long touchdown run.

That had to send shivers down the backs of Clemson fans after last year’s game. Howard’s touchdown put Alabama up 24-14.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough breaks loose for 2nd TD vs. Clemson

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Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough is having himself quite the half of football in the College Football Playoff national championship. After breaking off a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring, Scarbrough turned in another long touchdown run from outside the red zone in the second half.

Scarbrough’s 37-yard run down the left sideline left Clemson’s defense dazed and confused as Alabama went ahead 14-0 on the Tigers in the second quarter.

At the time of this touchdown run, Scarbrough has increased his rushing total to 71 yards and two touchdowns, with 78 total yards of offense. Clemson’s offense was sitting on 72 yards of offense. There is still a lot of football to be played, but Clemson needs to get something going on offense and the defense needs to figure out how to slow down Scarbrough.

VIDEO: Bo Scarbrough makes a man miss to put Alabama on the board

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The first touchdown of the evening in the College Football Playoff national championship game was a thing of beauty from Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.

Scarbrough took off for a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead following the extra-point attempt. Not only did he get some good blocking from last year’s championship game surprise hero O.J. Howard, but he also showed off a nice little ability to stop on a dime to make a defender look a little silly.

Bo Scarbrough powers No. 1 Alabama back to championship game after Peach Bowl win over No. 4 Washington

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Faced with a 3rd and nine from their own three-yard line and Washington making a push to generate enough momentum to put a scare in Alabama, the Crimson Tide handed the ball to Bo Scarbrough. Scarbrough moved right up the middle of the field for a 12-yard gain. At that exact moment in the fourth quarter, that may have been nothing more than a sigh of relief for Alabama, having picked up a first down to get out of their own end zone, but Scarbrough was not done yet. A few plays later, Scarbrough once again broke tackles by Washington’s solid defense, and in the process of working his way 68-yards down the field for a cherry-on-top touchdown, broke the hearts of Washington faithful in Atlanta and on the west coast. Alabama, who had the upper hand for nearly the entire game, pulled away for a College Football Playoff semifinal victory in the Peach Bowl for a 24-7 victory that was fueled by capitalizing on Washington’s mistakes.

Two Washington turnover sin the first half led to 10 points for the SEC champion Crimson Tide. Jake Browning, who set the new Pac-12 single-season passing touchdown record in the first quarter, was picked off by Ryan Anderson late in the first half, and Anderson returned the interception for a touchdown. In a game in which Washington could not afford mistakes like this, the pick-six was a critical blow. The Huskies had a very good night on defense, but the offense was unable to do anything against a superior Alabama defense loaded with some of the top talent in the country, like Jonathan Allen (who recovered a fumble and was tough to get by once again). That was to be expected, but the Huskies looked like they may have found a good situation after Browning stepped back from the line of scrimmage on a fourth down play around midfield to drop a punt on the Tide. The punt pinned Alabama deep in their end, and Washington forced a third-and-nine that will likely haunt them for some time.

Moments later, Alabama was out to the 30-yard line, when Bo struck once more to get the party started a little early for the Crimson Tide fans.

Scarbrough ended his night with 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Washington had a total of 194 yards in the entire game.

Alabama will now await to find out their next challenger, which will be decided in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State and Clemson will play in the other College Football Playoff semifinal to determine Alabama’s next opponent in the national championship game. Alabama has faced each in the last two years of the College Football Playoff. Ohio State, with Ezekiel Elliott, upset the Crimson Tide en route to a national championship run two seasons ago, and Alabama outlasted Deshaun Watson and Clemson in last year’s championship game. Whoever plays Alabama should make for a very entertaining championship game.

The national championship game will be played on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Tampa. Alabama will look to become the first repeat winner in the infancy of the College Football Playoff era and clinch its fifth national championship since 2009.

The season is now over for Washington. At 12-2, there is still more than enough to be happy about this season for the Huskies under head coach Chris Petersen, and still much to look forward to moving forward as the program continues to take strides forward. Washington’s next game will be September 1, 2017 at Rutgers. The Huskies should be able to get off to a good start once again next year with nonconference games against Montana and Fresno State before opening Pac-12 play.