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Alabama (still) a massive favorite over Louisville, other Week 1 lines

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It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.

And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.

After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.

Other lines of note:

  • UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
  • Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
  • Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
  • San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
  • Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
  • Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
  • Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
  • Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
  • Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
  • Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
  • Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
  • West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
  • North Carolina (+6) at California
  • Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
  • Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
  • Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
  • Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State

Check out the entire list of lines here.

Extramarital affair triggered Virginia Tech assistant’s abrupt resignation

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Now we know a helluva lot more of the rest of the story.

Earlier Friday, Virginia Tech announced that Galen Scott had resigned as co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach as part of what was described as a reshuffling of Justin Fuente‘s coaching staff.  In a statement sent out by the school, Scott said that, “[a]fter much reflection and conversation, I felt now was the time to step away from football and focus on my family.”

With rumors flying about the reason behind the resignation, Scott confirmed that an extramarital affair, as well as other accusations, was the impetus for his decision.

“I did make a mistake,” Scott told the Daily Press. “This is with someone I had a prior relationship with. I knew her from high school and college. We dated in high school. She reached out to me, and I made a mistake. It started a while back, but I made a mistake a couple times in Maryland and one (other) time. That was the deal. I’m just trying to do better for my family now, be a better father and be a better person.

“I know it’s two consenting adults involved, and I made a mistake. I never thought it would turn into what it’s turned into.”

In the Daily Press‘ report, Scott denied further salacious rumors that athletic department funds helped fuel his affair.

Scott’s involvement in the affair was revealed via recent messages posted to the Twitter account of @diggy1973 and e-mails sent to Tech administrators and coaches.

Scott denied accusations made by the individual who posted the tweets and sent the e-mails that Scott had used athletic department funds to arrange the affair while on recruiting trips. Scott’s denial was backed up by a Tech athletic department source with knowledge of the situation who said Scott didn’t misuse funds during recruiting trips.

“There wasn’t any misallocation of funds,” Scott said. “That wasn’t the deal. There wasn’t any sending somebody money to fly them out or get a hotel room just for somebody to show up. That’s not it. I was actually recruiting and doing work stuff there.

Beyond the press release announcing Scott’s resignation, Tech has not commented on speculation surrounding the move.

Safeties coach Galen Scott resigns as part of Virginia Tech staff shuffling

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It’s spring cleaning time for many people around the country and that apparently includes Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente.

The Hokies confirmed the resignation of safeties coach Galen Scott as one of several moves made in a shuffling of the coaching staff on Friday, which is notable for its timing as much as the names being changed out.

“I want to thank Coach Fuente for the opportunity to serve on his staff both here at Virginia Tech and at Memphis,” Scott said in a statement. “After much reflection and conversation, I felt now was the time to step away from football and focus on my family. I appreciate all the coaches, student-athletes and staff members I was fortunate enough to work with at Virginia Tech. I wish the Hokies the very best in 2018 and beyond.”

Scott had been with Fuente dating back to their days at Memphis in 2016 and was given the co-coordinator title as part of the move to Blacksburg. He will be replaced, at least temporarily, by former player Justin Hamilton, who returned to the program earlier this year as Director of Player Development – Defense. The release on the transactions noted this was just a temporary elevation to the full-time on-field staff.

Also out the door is Director of Player Personnel Chuck Cantor, who formally resigned. He is expected to take the same position on Dan Mullen’s staff at Florida.

Alabama, SEC reign in first round of NFL draft

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And, in other news, water’s wet, sky is blue, death and taxes and yadda yadda yadda.

The first round of the 2018 NFL draft has officially been put to bed, and four Alabama players and 10 total from the SEC were selected amongst the first 32 picks.  Those totals represent the most for an individual school and a conference yet again.

For perspective, that conference last year had a record-tying 12 players taken in the first round; Alabama, with two, was tied with Clemson and Ohio State for most for an individual school.  This year, there were six other schools with more than one player selected: College Football Playoff championship game runner-up Georgia with three, while Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and Virginia Tech were next with two each.

The Tech picks, incidentally, were linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (No. 16, Buffalo Bills) and safety Terrell Edmunds (No. 28, Pittsburgh Steelers).  Those two are brothers, making them the first siblings ever selected in the first round of the same NFL draft.

Aside from the SEC, the Power Five conferences went, in order of the number of selections, the ACC (six), Big Ten (four), Pac-12 (four) and Big 12 (one).  That number for the Big 12, incidentally, is two fewer than the Mountain West’s three and the same as the one each from the AAC and Conference USA.

Over the last six NFL drafts in the first round, the Power Five conference selections look like this:

SEC: 60
ACC: 36
PAC-12: 33
Big Ten: 25
Big 12: 12

Nebraska clinches spring game attendance crown, Georgia pushes past Alabama

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Georgia got its revenge on Alabama on Saturday, I guess. Months after letting a lead slip away in the national championship game, Georgia wiggled past Alabama in the spring game attendance standings on Saturday but the Dawgs still had to settle for second place overall. A record crowd at Nebraska led to the Cornhusker faithful having the highest attendance for a spring game this season.

Nebraska set a school record on Saturday with 86,818 fans attending the spring game in Lincoln, the first under new head coach Scott Frost. It was the first time Nebraska recorded a crowd over 80,000 during the past five years. Nebraska surged to the top of the Big Ten spring attendance standings as well, and stayed comfortably ahead after Penn State recorded an estimated 71,000 fans at its spring game on Saturday. Ohio State had led the Big Ten the previous three years but stadium renovations limited Ohio State to 79,000 available seats this year at Ohio Stadium, and weather and schedule adjustments to the spring game resulted in a crowd of 47,803 for Ohio State’s spring game.

The SEC once again dominated spring game attendance numbers this year. With LSU and Mississippi State numbers still pending, the SEC has five schools in the top 10 in spring game attendance as of today; Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas A&M. As a conference, the SEC eclipsed the 400,000-fan mark for the fourth time in the last five years. Although the Big Ten is typically the second best conference in cumulative spring game attendance, the conference’s number took a big dip this season thanks to weather issues across the conference. Still, the number pulled in by Nebraska, Penn State, and Ohio State helped keep the Big Ten in second place ahead of the ACC.

Keep in mind spring game attendance is treated differently by every school, and the numbers often include estimates so the accuracy can be questioned. Even though there are still a handful of spring games left, none will rival the numbers put up today.

The updated top 10 is listed below, and a full database of spring game attendance can be found here (complete with conference breakdowns and a five-year record of spring game attendance figures by school).

2018 Spring Game Attendance Top 10

  1. Nebraska – 86,818
  2. Georgia – 82,184
  3. Alabama – 74,732
  4. Penn State – 71,000
  5. Tennessee – 65,098
  6. Florida State – 60,934
  7. Clemson – 55,000
  8. Florida – 53,015
  9. Oklahoma – 52,102
  10. Texas A&M – 48,129