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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.

Alabama, Texas confirm future home-and-home series

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While the rumors connecting Nick Saban to the head coaching job at Texas never materialized, the Alabama icon will still end up roaming the sidelines in Austin.  Possibly.

Following up on reports that surfaced in late March, both Alabama, the fifth-winningest school in NCAA history with 891 wins, and Texas, tied for No. 2 with 898, announced that the two football programs have officially finalized a future home-and-home series.  The Crimson Tides will travel to Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2022, with the Longhorns making its way to Bryant-Denny Stadium Sept. 9, 2023.

Saban, if he hasn’t retired by then, would be on the verge of turning 71 when the first game of the series kicks off.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule,” Saban said in a statement. “The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football.”

The two college football bluebloods have met nine times previously, the first coming in 1902 and the last in the 2010 Rose Bowl that served as the BCS title game for the 2009 season.  The Longhorns’ lone trip to Tuscaloosa came in that initial 1902 game, while the Crimson Tide has played in Austin twice — 1915 and 1922.  The last six meetings in the mini-series have taken place in bowl games

The scheduling of this series, however, also means another high-profile home-and-home involving UT has been adjusted.

Texas had originally been scheduled to face Ohio State, also No. 2 with 898 wins in the program’s history, during the 2022 and 2023 seasons, an announcement that was made way back in October of 2012.  Instead, that series has now been pushed back to Aug. 30, 2025, in Austin and Sept. 5, 2026, in Columbus.

And, finally, Texas also announced that its 2023 game against UCF has been canceled.  That game against the self-proclaimed 2017 national champions was scheduled for the same day as the just-announced game against the real 2017 national champions.

Minnesota lands commitment from ex-Texas DT Chris Daniels

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After a brief sabbatical, Chris Daniels appears on the verge of heading back to a Power Five conference program.

On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Daniels confirmed that he is “FULLY COMMITTED to The University of Minnesota.” Daniels, though, will spend the 2018 season at a Mississippi junior college before moving on to the Twin Cities.

When he comes to the Gophers for the 2019 season, he’ll have three years of eligibility at his disposal.

According to 247Sports.com, Daniels committed to Minnesota over an offer from Missouri.

A four-star member of Texas’ 2016 recruiting class, Daniels was rated as the No. 22 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 27 player at any position in the state of Texas. Only one defensive lineman signed by the Longhorns in their class that year, fellow tackle Jordan Elliott, was rated higher than Daniels. Interestingly, Elliott also transferred from UT in May of last year and ultimately landed at… Missouri, where his position coach is former Longhorns defensive line coach Brick Haley.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Daniels took his leave of the Longhorns shortly after the start of the 2017 season.

Texas lands commitment from Cal grad transfer Tre Watson

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Earlier this month, Cal graduate transfer Tre Watson narrowed his choice of potential landing spots to LSU, Texas and Texas Tech.  A couple of days later, Watson whittled down those choices to the schools from the Lone Star State.

Sunday evening, the running back revealed his next collegiate destination.

On his personal Twitter account, Watson announced that he would be enrolling at UT and continuing his playing career for the Longhorns.  The move to Austin comes a little over three months after Watson revealed on the same social media website that he was going to be leaving Cal as a graduate transfer.

In a Week 2 win over Weber State this past season, Watson sustained a serious knee injury and didn’t play the rest of the year. Prior to the injury, Watson’s 83 yards in less than five quarters worth of work this season were leading the team.

In 2016, Watson was second on the Bears in rushing yards with 709 and led the team with four rushing touchdowns.  Eleven of those yards and six of his 143 carries that season came in the Golden Bears’ Week 3 win over… the Longhorns.

Watson finished the Cal portion of his playing career with 1,390 yards and eight touchdowns on 274 carries.

Cal grad transfer RB Tre Watson narrows list to Texas, Texas Tech

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The list of suitors for Cal graduate transfer running back Te Watson is down to two.

Watson posted a message on his Twitter account Friday saying that he wasn’t announcing his commitment that day — as was planned — but he had decided he’d spend his final collegiate season in the state of Texas. Watson originally considered LSU along with Texas and Texas Tech, meaning the Bayou Bengals are out of the hunt.

A native of Corona, Calif., Watson put together a nice career before suffering a season-ending lower body injury two games into the 2017 campaign. He carried 232 times for 1,213 yards (5.23 a pop) and seven touchdowns in the 2015-16 seasons, but managed just 17 attempts in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

Whichever Lone Star State school Watson uses can use him. Texas is still looking for a feature back after quarterback Sam Ehlinger led the team in rushing a year ago with a measly 381 yards. Texas Tech is looking for a replacement for the graduated Justin Stockton; Stockton led the Red Raiders with 797 yards on a team-leading 132 carries in 2017.