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Boston College RB AJ Dillon still “game time decision” for game against Louisville

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A year ago against Louisville, running back AJ Dillon rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns in a huge upset of Louisville that turned around his team’s season. If Boston College wants to take the next step toward bowl eligibility this year when the Cardinals come to town though, they may be without their best offensive player for the second week in a row.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio reiterated to the Associated Press on Friday that Dillon is a game time decision for Saturday’s clash — the same status update he gave on Tuesday and last week when the tailback missed the trip to Raleigh in an eventual loss to N.C. State.

If Dillon can’t go, the Eagles figure to keep sticking with redshirt junior Ben Glines over sophomore Travis Levy in the backfield. In Glines’ first start at the position last week, he rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown both on the ground and through the air in a close loss to the Wolfpack.

Perhaps the bigger question for Addazio and his staff is if they even need to rush Dillon back from that ankle injury he suffered down the stretch against Temple last month. The Cardinals are allowing over 230 yards rushing per game and gave up 542 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in their last game against Georgia Tech.

Boston College will face critical ACC tests following the outing against Louisville on Saturday as they come off a bye week to host No. 16 Miami, travel to Virginia Tech and then play No. 4 Clemson.

Arkansas up next on ex-Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s transfer tour

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Not surprisingly, Kelly Bryant is quickly becoming a hot commodity on the transfer market.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the former Clemson quarterback would be taking an unofficial visit to North Carolina this weekend.  Thursday, Rivals.com confirmed that Bryant will be taking his first official visit, to Arkansas, as well this month.

That visit will take place Oct. 20, the same Saturday UA will play host to Tulsa in a non-conference matchup.

“I’m excited to get down to Fayetteville and see what all Arkansas has to offer,” Bryant told the recruiting website.

In addition to North Carolina and Arkansas, Bryant is also working on setting up visits to Louisville and Missouri.  All told, Rivals.com reports, more than 15 Power Five programs have expressed some level of interest in the signal-caller.

As a graduate transfer, Bryant will be eligible to play in 2019 regardless of where he ultimately lands.  Next season would be his final year of eligibility.

Bryant had started 18 games in a row at quarterback for the Tigers, winning 16 of those contests, before he was benched in favor of five-star 2018 signee Trevor Lawrence last month.  Bryant labeled Dabo Swinney‘s decision to bench him as “a slap in the face.”

That perceived slap triggered the much-discussed decision to transfer on Sept. 26.

Louisville booster says school doesn’t have the money to buy out Bobby Petrino right now

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Louisville is coming off a game in which they were outscored 66-31 and allowed the second-most rushing yards in school history. They are 2-4 at the halfway mark of the 2018 campaign. The normally high-flying offense can barely move the football.

All of which is to say, the fan base is very unhappy with Bobby Petrino. Just not enough, apparently, to open up the purse strings and send the embattled head coach packing.

“The university is not in a position to buy him out,” Tom Meeker, a Louisville Athletic Association board member, told the Courier Journal.

At issue: Petrino’s buyout has been pegged at roughly $14 million if he were fired after or during this season, to say nothing of the cost of getting rid of the rest of the current coaching staff. That figure is not too far off the $15.4 million owed to Texas’ Tom Herman or the $16 million amount owed to Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy for some context.

Perhaps of bigger concern for Louisville than the play on the field for the Cardinals is the fact that the slumping football team is causing sharp decreases in the amount being donated to the program. The Courier Journal reports that the school’s athletic administration fund is down more than two-thirds in the past year thanks to the hire of a new basketball coach and a settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich. Donations are down considerably and there’s still construction debt and pending lawsuits to deal with as well.

In short, even if everybody wanted to hit the reset button, there’s probably not the money left to do so.

“We have half a season left, so I don’t intend to speculate on Bobby’s future, only support it as we take on Boston College this week,” current AD Vince Tyra told the paper.

Of course, it doesn’t help the school that mega donor Papa John has gone through a very public divorce with the program after racist comments he made led to his ouster from the pizza company of the same name.

Tua Tagovailoa head and shoulders above everybody else in Bovada’s Heisman odds

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Same as he has been on the field, actually.

Not as if this is a shocker at all, but Tua Tagovailoa is seemingly the consensus favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy by most everyone, including Bovada.lv in its latest set of updated stiff-armed odds. The numbers the true sophomore, first-year starting quarterback has put up through the first half of the Crimson Tide’s regular season, however, is Kazihiro-style looney tunes.

Currently, Tagovailoa leads the FBS in passing efficiency (258.4; the record for a season is Baker Mayfield‘s 198.7 a year ago), completion percentage (75.2), yards per attempt (14.8) and yards per completion (19.7). The talented Hawaiian has thrown nearly as many touchdowns (18) as he has incompletions (25) — and he’s yet to throw an interception.

Most notably, Tagovailoa hasn’t taken a single snap in the fourth quarter of any of the first six games. Otherwise, his standing in touchdown passes (tied for sixth nationally) and passing yards per game (41st, 249.2) would likely be higher, particularly the latter category.

With that as a statistical backdrop, it’s not surprising in the least that Bovada has Tagovailoa listed as a prohibitive 2/3 favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy, up from 10/11 a week ago. The next three players, all quarterbacks, behind Tagovailoa all have longer odds than they did Oct. 1 — Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (9/2, down from 15/4), Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray (7/1, down from 7/2) and West Virginia’s Will Grier (13/2, down from 11/2).

Tagovailoa’s current status as the front-runner should (maybe?) be taken with a grain of salt. Exactly one year ago today, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was Bovada‘s betting favorite; Barkley ended up not even being a finalist for the 2017 award won by Mayfield. Then again, Lamar Jackson was an overwhelming favorite for the award in late September of 2016… and a sizable favorite in late October… before the Louisville quarterback went on to win that year’s trophy by a sizable margin over Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

Anyway, below is the updated 2018 Heisman Trophy odds, courtesy again of Bovada.lv:

Louisville gives up second-most rushing yards in school history in loss to Georgia Tech

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Louisville came into Friday night’s game against with the 83rd-ranked rushing defense in the country. Here’s to guessing that, once Week 6 wraps up, they’ll plunge even further.

In the first half alone, Georgia Tech 264 yards on a seemingly indifferent UofL defense.  All told, the Yellow Jackets (3-3) churned out 542 yards on the ground as they pounded the Cardinals (2-4) 66-31.

The yards were the second-most allowed in UofL history and the most since 1932.  The 35-point drubbing was the Cardinals’ worst home loss in more than two decades (57-21 to Penn State in 1997).

“We installed a lot of schemes this week that are designed to stop the option,” UofL linebacker P.J. Blue said by way of the Louisville Courier-Journal. “We saw everything. We saw that in practice. It’s just, the scout team can’t replicate that speed. We just got to be ready to play it. I don’t know if we were ready to play it.”

A pair of quarterbacks led the Yellow Jackets in rushing — starter TaQuon Marshall (pictured) with a team-high 175 yards while his backup, Tobias Oliver, chipped in with 103 on just eight carries.  Each player had a pair of rushing touchdowns, as did Qua Searcy (3-28).

The Yellow Jackets had come into last night’s primetime affair with the second-best rushing attack in the country, with their 339.2 yards per game second only to Navy’s 355.8.  The Cardinals had been giving up 168.8 ypg through the first five games.