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Odds: Michigan a TD favorite at Michigan State

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The line might serve as a measuring stick of whether the Michigan Wolverines are a bona fide power in the Big Ten.

The Wolverines, led by quarterback Shea Patterson, are 7-point road betting favorites against the Michigan State Spartans with an 41.5-point total for Saturday’s game at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The OddsShark College Football Database shows that the Wolverines are 2-8 straight-up and 0-10 against the spread in their last 10 games against the cross-state rival Spartans, but Michigan State happens to be 0-4 ATS in its last four home games. The Wolverines are also 10-2 straight-up and 5-6-1 against the spread as a favorite on the road since Jim Harbaugh took over as as their coach in 2015.

The total has gone OVER in three of the last four Michigan-Michigan State matchups, with an average total of 43.75.

Elsewhere, the Stanford Cardinal are 2.5-point road favorites against the Arizona State Sun Devils with a 57-point total in a Thursday matchup. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Stanford’s last nine games against Arizona State, with an average combined score of 48.44. Arizona State is 5-0 SU and ATS in its last five home games.

The LSU Tigers are 6.5-point betting favorites against the Mississippi State Bulldogs with a 45-point total. Mississippi State is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against LSU. LSU is 7-0 SU and ATS in its last seven home games, with an average winning margin of 21.14 points.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 29-point road favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers with a 57-point total. Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games. The total has gone UNDER in four of Tennessee’s last five home games against teams with winning records.

The Auburn Tigers are 3.5-point road favorites against the Mississippi Rebels with a 62.5-point total. Auburn, coming off losses against Mississippi State and Tennessee, is 7-0 SU in its last seven games after consecutive losses. The total has gone OVER in 10 of Ole Miss’ last 13 games against its conference.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 13-point road favorites against the Purdue Boilermakers with a 68.5-point total. Ohio State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against Purdue. The total has gone OVER in 15 of Purdue’s last 21 home games, with an average combined score of 61.1.

The Clemson Tigers  are 17.5-point favorites against the North Carolina State Wolfpack with a 56-point betting total. North Carolina State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against Clemson. Clemson is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.

The Washington Huskies are 15.5-point favorites against the Colorado Buffaloes with a 51.5-point total. Colorado is 0-8 SU and ATS in its last eight games against Washington. Washington is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 home games after consecutive road games.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 8-point favorites against the TCU Horned Frogs with a 61.5-point total. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Oklahoma’s last nine games against TCU, with an average combined score of 54.78. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of TCU’s last 12 games against its conference. TCU is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 25-point favorites against the Illinois Fighting Illini with a 58-point total. The total has gone OVER in six of Illinois’ last eight road games, with an average combined score of 55.75. Wisconsin is 1-5 ATS in its last six games.

Gary Patterson wants names of NCAA employees approving transfer waivers

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Unless I’m missing someone, the coaches that have spoken out about the glut of high-profile transfer waivers that have been approved lately are all against them. Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin said just one day ago that players are transferring because it’s “sexy” and now TCU’s Gary Patterson has cannonballed into the pool with some strong comments of his own.

“I want the names of all those people [at the NCAA] that are deciding to do that, so everybody knows their names when they ruin the game,” Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t care if there’s lawyers involved. I don’t care if any of that’s involved. The bottom line to it is we need to do what’s best for the game.

Patterson’s point, and it’s not necessarily a wrong one, is that coaches who believe tough love is the best way to mold players — i.e. Gary Patterson — will then see all their players leave before that love can appropriately toughen them up.

“After they get away from here, as a general rule, they come back as they mature and understand, they figure out what we were trying to do and accomplish,” Patterson said. “If you can’t go through that process with a young man, and grow them up just like a parent does, then we’re cheating them to be honest with you. That’s my personal opinion about it.”

The good news for Patterson and his ilk: if free agency is truly here, it’s likely not here for long. The NCAA announced last month it will take another look at its loosened transfer protocol, and it’s unlikely you’d make such an announcement if you planned on loosening those restrictions even more.

North Carolina CB KJ Sails, Jr., embarks toward transfer portal

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North Carolina cornerback KJ Sails, Jr., is sailing away from Chapel Hill and voyaging toward a new destination.

The Tampa native on Friday announced he will enter his name onto the transfer portal for his final collegiate season. “Thank you to my Carolina family for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love this is a great school and I will forever love the university,” he wrote in an iPhone note posted to his Twitter account. “My family and I have decided that it is best for me to seek other opportunities.”

After playing sparingly as a true freshman in 2016, Sails started 11 games for the Tar Heels in 2017, collecting 30 tackles while ranking ninth in the ACC with 13 pass break-ups.

He started three games in four appearances in 2018, but an injury knocked him out for the remainder of the year.

Given that he played in only four games, Sails can use last season as a redshirt and play a second senior season elsewhere in 2019, provided he receives a waiver or graduates from North Carolina.

Michigan CB Benjamin St-Juste medically retires

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Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste was not listed on Michigan’s spring roster, and there’s a reason for that. St-Juste has medically retired from football, the program confirmed to the Detroit Free Press.

A 4-star recruit from Quebec, St-Juste appeared in 12 games as a redshirt freshman, primarily on special teams.

He suffered a hamstring injury ahead of the 2018 campaign and did not see any game action. With a similar prognosis ahead of him for 2019, St-Juste has decided to hang up his cleats for good.

LB Jaden Hunter was second Georgia player arrested in March

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A member of the Georgia football program was arrested Wednesday night. Linebacker Jaden Hunter was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was also charged with stopping, standing, or parking in a prohibited area.

Hunter spent just two hours in jail after being released on bond late Wednesday night.

The charges are misdemeanors and his status with the Bulldogs has not been confirmed with regard to any possible suspensions or other forms of discipline by head coach Kirby Smart. Given the nature of the charges, it would seem this would be far from calling for removal from the program or any significant form of discipline unless there is more to the story behind the scenes.

Hunter did become the second Georgia football player to be arrested in the month of March. Earlier in the month, redshirt freshman Latavious Brini was arrested on one count of simple battery.