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College football odds for Week 10: All eyes on Alabama-LSU, but Georgia-Kentucky, Penn State-Michigan, others on deck as well

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An Alabama Crimson Tide squad that has looked unstoppable is the biggest favorite going into LSU Tiger Stadium in almost 20 seasons.

Alabama, led by Heisman Trophy-candidate quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is a 14.5-point road favorites on the college football odds for this week against the LSU Tigers with a 54-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

According to the OddsShark College Football Database, it is the first time since 1999 that LSU has been more than a 14-point underdog in the familiar confines of Death Valley, but the Tigers are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 conference games. Over the last decade, Alabama is 11-1 straight-up and 7-5 against the spread (ATS) as a road favorite of 10.0 to 18.0 points.

The total has gone OVER in five of LSU’s last six games at home against teams with winning records.

Elsewhere in Week 10 (all times ET):

TEMPLE (5-3) AT UCF (7-0), THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M.
The Central Florida Knights are 10.5-point favorites against the Temple Owls with a 61-point total in a Thursday matchup. Temple is 6-0 ATS in its last six games. UCF is 9-3 straight up (SU) and ATS in its last 12 games on Thursday.

GEORGIA (7-1) AT KENTUCKY (7-1), SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M.
The Georgia Bulldogs are nine-point favorites against the Kentucky Wildcats with a 44-point total. Georgia is 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 road games. Kentucky is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 home games.

PENN STATE (6-2) AT MICHIGAN (7-1), SATURDAY, 3:45 P.M.
The Michigan Wolverines are 10.5-point favorites against the Penn State Nittany Lions with a 52.5-point total. Penn State is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 conference games. Michigan is coming off of an emphatic win against Michigan State, but it is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games after an ATS win.

MISSOURI (4-4) AT FLORIDA (6-2), SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M.
The Florida Gators are six-point favorites against the Missouri Tigers with a 58-point total. Florida is 3-14 ATS in its last 17 home games in November. Missouri is 0-4 ATS in its last four road games. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Florida’s last 13 games in November.

LOUISVILLE (2-6) AT CLEMSON (8-0), SATURDAY, 12:00 P.M.
The Clemson Tigers are 39-point favorites against the Louisville Cardinals with a 61-point total. Louisville is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games. The total has gone UNDER in six of Clemson’s last eight home games against teams with losing records. Clemson is 6-1 ATS in its last seven conference games.

NEBRASKA (2-6) AT OHIO STATE (7-1), SATURDAY, 12:00 P.M.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 17.5-point favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 72.5-point total. Nebraska is 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games. The total has gone OVER in five of Ohio State’s last seven home games against teams with losing records.

WEST VIRGINIA (6-1) AT TEXAS (6-2), SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M.
The Texas Longhorns are two-point favorites against the West Virginia Mountaineers with a 58-point total. The total has gone UNDER in six of West Virginia’s last eight road games against teams with winning records. The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Texas’ last 21 conference games. Texas is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games after consecutive ATS losses.

NOTRE DAME (8-0) AT NORTHWESTERN (5-3), SATURDAY, 7:15 P.M.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 9.5-point road betting favorites against the Northwestern Wildcats with a 53.5-point total. Notre Dame is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games after consecutive ATS losses. The total has gone OVER in seven of Notre Dame’s last nine road games against teams with winning records. Northwestern is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last seven games after winning the previous game in this matchup, but has not played Notre Dame since 2014.

OKLAHOMA (7-1) AT TEXAS TECH (5-3), SATURDAY, 8:00 P.M.
The Oklahoma Sooners are 13.5-point road favorites against the Texas Tech Red Raiders with a 77-point total. The total has gone OVER in six of Oklahoma’s last seven games against Texas Tech, with an average combined score of 81.57. Texas Tech is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games in November.

STANFORD (5-3) AT WASHINGTON (6-3), SATURDAY, 9:00 P.M.
The Washington Huskies are 10-point favorites against the Stanford Cardinal with a 46.5-point total. Stanford is 0-3 ATS in its last three road games against Washington. Washington is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 home games against teams with winning records. The total has gone UNDER in eight of Washington’s last nine games, with an average combined score of 41.78.

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Running back Deshawn McClease is latest player to leave Hokies

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It has been quite a busy couple of days for Virginia Tech transfer news. Within hours of Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente releasing a statement about the program’s dedication to strengthening the culture of the Virginia Tech football program after a handful of players had decided to leave the program, running back Deshawn McClease added his name to the list of transferring Hokies.

“After discussing with my family, we believe that it is best for me to transfer to another university following graduation this spring,” McClease said in a statement shared on his Twitter account Wednesday evening. “I am very eager to continue my football journey and further my education.”

McClease did not say where he is heading next. His departure is another blow to Virginia Tech’s offensive outlook for the 2019 season on a day that also saw starting quarterback Josh Jackson decide to transfer out of Virginia Tech a day after a couple of other transfer headlines surfaced around the program. As McClease mentioned in his statement, he is scheduled to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring. That will mean he will be eligible to play right away next fall for whatever team he ends up joining. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

McClease was Virginia Tech’s second-leading rusher in 2018 and likely would have been the starting running back in Blacksburg for the 2019 season had he decided to stick around. McClease rushed for 433 yards and two touchdowns last fall behind senior starter Steven Peoples.

Oklahoma State QB Keondre Wudtee leaving Stillwater via transfer

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The quarterback competition at Oklahoma State this spring has been reduced by one. Keondre Wudtee is one his way out of Stillwater after entering his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, it was reported on Wednesday.

As noted by Pistols Firing, redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders appears to be the most likely candidate to land the starting job at quarterback for the Cowboys in 2019 following the graduation of Taylor Cornelius. Wudtee was the only other quarterback to record any passing stats for Oklahoma State in 2018 in his backup role, completing two of five attempts for 26 yards and a touchdown. A pair of wide receivers, Tylan Wallace and Dillon Stoner, were the only other players to attempt a pass for Oklahoma State in 2018.

Oklahoma State’s quarterback depth chart will still be padded even with the departure of Wudtee. Dru Brown, who transferred to Oklahoma State from Hawaii, is still around and the Cowboys added an early enrollee in three-star Class of 2019 quarterback Brendan Costello. Being enrolled early will allow Costello to get started with spring practices this semester in Stillwater and could potentially have him prepared to step in if needed in the fall.

As for Wudtee, we’ll see where he heads next. He will have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules, of course.

After dustup with Uga, Texas president says Bevo is not leaving the sidelines

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Finally, a story NOT about the transfer portal.

Prior to the Sugar Bowl between Texas and Georgia, somebody decided it would be fun to do a photo with the live animal mascots of the Longhorns and Bulldogs. As Uga made his way over to see Texas mascot Bevo, the longhorn burst out of his caged area and made it known he was not about being a part of a fun photo opp. Fortunately, there were no injuries to report for any people or animals in the incident, but concerns about the handling of Bevo were certainly raised.

And despite pressure from PETA to stop including live animal mascots as part of the gameday experience and any others who may have voiced concerns about the worst-case scenarios involving a live steer, Texas president Gregory Fenves says Bevo will not be retired and forced to watch Longhorns football games from the ranch.

“We take the safety very seriously, but we’re going to continue to have Bevo as our mascot,” Fenves said in a recent interview with the American-Statesman. “He’s an incredible animal and a great symbol for the university. Seriously, we’re always looking at the protocols for Bevo at public events. I don’t think they need to be revised.”

So there you have it. Bevo stays. Sorry, not sorry, PETA. Unless Bevo does decide to enter the transfer portal…

Wisconsin TE Kyle Penniston enters transfer portal

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I have never seen it myself, but the transfer portal must be the place to be. Wisconsin tight end Kyle Penniston is just one of the many players putting his name in the transfer portal, as reported Wednesday, as he begins to look for a new place to finish up his college football career.

First reported by 247 Sports, Penniston will have one year of eligibility left to use for the 2019 season. He will be eligible to play right away this fall as a graduate transfer. Penniston enrolled at Wisconsin in 2015 after accepting an offer from Wisconsin over offers from Oklahoma and a handful of other top programs in the Class of 2015.

Penniston appeared in 13 games for the Badgers in 2018 with three receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown. The instant rise of Jake Ferguson at the tight end position on his way to becoming the second-leading receiver for Wisconsin meant Penniston likely wasn’t going to play a pivotal role in the offensive gameplan in 2019. Wisconsin should still be in decent shape at the tight end position this fall, not that losing an upper classmen at the position is ever a good situation for a program. It’s worth noting Penniston was recruited under former head coach Gary Andersen, who adopted a different type of offensive scheme that would have potentially been a better fit for Penniston.

Where Penniston goes next remains to be seen.