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.
First an Ivy League school and now this.
After being wooed and pursued heavily by Alabama, four-star 2018 quarterback Brevin White opted to sign with Princeton this past February. Fast-forward three months or so, and the defending national champion Crimson Tide have been in pursuit of another four-star quarterback, this one from the Class of 2019 — Arizona high schooler Jacob Conover.
Sunday night, Conover announced on his personal Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college football at… BYU.
While Conover is a Class of 2019 recruit, he won’t see the field for the Cougars or anyone else that season as he is planning on taking a two-year LDS mission after he graduates from high school next year. Thus, the earliest he’d be available to any school football-wise is 2021.
247Sports.com rates Conover as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. In addition to BYU and Alabama, Conover held offers from, among others, Arizona State, Arizona, Northwestern, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Washington State and Wisconsin.
Don’t feel bad for Alabama’s future under center, though, as they already have a commitment from 2019 four-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of the Tide’s national championship game hero, as well as the four-star great-grandson of the legendary Bear Bryant.
With Arizona taking members of the athletics department across the state to meet alums and fans, one particular stop ruffled more than enough feathers in Tempe to cause some problems. Tempe, of course, is the home to Arizona State, and Sun Devil fans were none too pleased to hear the rival Wildcats were planning a road tour stop at a local brewery.
A free event for Arizona fans featuring new head coach Kevin Sumlin was to take place at Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe on Monday, May 21. However, after the venue received numerous complaints from Arizona State fans, the event was moved to a different location located in Scottsdale.
Making this a bit more humorous is the owner of the Pedal Haus Brewery is an Arizona State alum. So how does the owner of the pub allow for an Arizona event to be approved? According to a report from ABC 15, the owner of the brewery was approached about the event by a third party and was unaware the event was to serve as a Wildcat off-season rally.
“Our commitment is to ASU. Always has been and always will be,” Pedal Haus Brewery owner Julian Wright said. “We’re big fans and big supporters of the university and the sports program.”
The brewery is located about one mile off Arizona State’s campus. Nice try by Arizona, you have to admit.
While Pac-12 fans may still grumble about the performance of Commissioner Larry Scott or the lack of distribution for the conference’s networks, there’s still plenty of dough being raked in by the league.
Following the Pac-12 spring meetings in Arizona this week, the conference announced a record $509 million in total revenue for the 2016-17 fiscal year that was a four percent increase year-over-year. The distribution to schools also reached an all-time high at $371 million total (roughly $30.9 million per school), an 8% increase.
“The Pac-12 is committed to supporting the academic mission and athletic values of our universities, and we are pleased with the continued financial growth that supports this mission,” said Scott in a statement. “This commitment is core to our Pac-12 Networks, which annually showcases to a national audience 850 live Pac-12 events, including an unprecedented number of football, basketball, Olympic and women’s sports.”
“The strong financial performance recorded by the Pac-12 Conference provides valuable resources to our universities to support our educational and athletic goals, including opportunities for the over 7,000 student-athletes competing on our Pac-12 campuses,” added USC President and Chairman of the Pac-12 CEO Group, Max Nikias.
Still, it’s not like the Pac-12 is in the poor house after raking in half a billion dollars last year.
After leaving the SEC West, Nick Harvey, as it turns out, will continue his collegiate playing career in the SEC’s other division.
Harvey confirmed via Twitter in mid-March that he would be transferring from Texas A&M; the defensive back subsequently confirmed late last month that he had narrowed his list of potential landing spots down to four — Arizona, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee. On the same social media website Wednesday, Harvey confirmed that he is headed to Columbia as a football-playing member of the Gamecocks.
Harvey will graduate from A&M this month, making him eligible to play his final season at the East Coast USC.
Harvey was a four-star 2014 signee who was rated as the No. 7 corner in the country; the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 60 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Only one defensive player in the Aggies’ class that year, 2017 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Myles Garrett, was rated higher than Harvey.
After playing in every game but starting none his first two seasons in College Station, Harvey started 12 games for A&M in 2016. That season, his 10 pass breakups were tops on the team. He missed the entire 2017 season because of a knee injury.