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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.

Former four-star LB Camilo Eifler tweets transfer from Washington

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Camilo Eifler exited spring practice as the third-string strongside linebacker on Washington’s depth chart. Now, the redshirt sophomore has decided to exit Chris Petersen‘s program, period.

As all of the cool college football movers are doing these days, Eifler used his personal Twitter account to announce that, “[a]fter talks with my family, I have decided it is best that I leave UW and open my recruitment back up.” “Please respect me [sic] and my families [sic] decision,” Eifler added.

The linebacker will have to sit out the 2018 season if he moves on to another FBS program. He would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2019 season.

Eifler could also drop down to the FCS level and play immediately this season, retaining all three years of eligibility in the process.

A four-star member of the Huskies’ 2016 recruiting class, Eifler was rated as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the country. Only one player in UW’s class that year was rated higher than the Oakland native — cornerback Byron Murphy, who earned a .9549 rating from 247Sports.com compared to Eifler’s.9368.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Eifler played in all 13 games this past season. Most of that action, though, came on special teams en route to being credited with six tackles on the year.

Washington hiring handler for very good boy

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There are higher-paid jobs to be had in the college football world, but I’m not sure there’s a more adorable one on the market.

Washington is replacing 10-year-old mascot Dubs I with Dubs II later this year, and the Huskies are looking to find a handler for the new Head Husky. The younger Alaskan Malamute was born in January and will begin the transition this fall, as Dubs I will retire as the conclusion of this football season and Dubs II will take over Official Mascot Status in January.

According to the posting on the athletics department’s website, required skills include interest in dog behavior and the ability to sprint over 100 yards. The chosen candidate will be required to work 1-2 events per week over a 12-month period, including nights and weekends. But if that’s not enough, just look at these benefits!

  • Starting scholarship of $500 per an Academic Year

  • Season Pass for entrance to all Husky Home Games (when not working)

  • Affiliation with a Power 5 Athletics Department

  • Fully funded out-of-state travel to appearances and games (if applicable)

  • Nike Attire (polos, t-shirts, shoes etc.)

  • Additional honorarium based on appearances

Unspoken among the benefits is truly the greatest benefit of all: an unlimited amount of kisses from the very best boy in college football.

Pac-12 announces record $509 million in revenue, school distribution of $30.9 million each

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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.
As big as those numbers sound, they still are a tad behind their Power Five peers. The Big 12 recently announced a smaller $371 million in total revenue but a slightly bigger $34.3 million per school. Then there’s the SEC, which had over $650 million in total revenue and just over $41 million per school.
Still, it’s not like the Pac-12 is in the poor house after raking in half a billion dollars last year.

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Clay Helton among 15 CFB coaches attending NFL Draft

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We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.

Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:

In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.