Sure, Mickey, there may be 14 teams with a chance to make the CFP, but that’s not what the betting public believes.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide enter the season as the consensus favorites for a third consecutive year. Alabama is +175 to win the national championship at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. According to Sportsoddshistory.com, those are the best odds for a preseason favorite since USC was listed at +160 before the the 2005 season.
Alabama has won two of the past three national championships and has been favored in 110 of its past 111 games.
Yeah, Clemson’s getting its share of early love.
No. 2 Clemson, at 4-1, is the clear-cut second favorite and has attracted significant interest from bettors in Las Vegas and New Jersey. More money has been bet on the Tigers to win the national title than has been wagered on any other team, including Alabama, at several sportsbooks.
At William Hill’s books in Nevada and New Jersey, 22 percent of the money bet on the national championship odds is on Clemson, substantially more than how much has been wagered on Alabama (14 percent) and three times more than has been bet on any other team.
More than half of the money bet on the national championship odds at DraftKings’ new sportsbook in New Jersey is on the Tigers and Tide, with 30 percent of it on Clemson, the company said.
Just think what one regular season upset would do for the talking heads at the WWL.
For reasons inexplicable to any normal sentient being, Zach Smith continues his self-immolation tour with an interview with USA Today.
Zach Smith says he has accepted there is not much he can say that will resurrect his coaching career, but he cannot accept why he was fired as an assistant coach at Ohio State.
Head coach Urban Meyer said when his three-game suspension was announced last week that he was guilty of protecting Smith amid a series of domestic abuse allegations over several years. Smith maintains the abuse allegations are false so Meyer had no reason to protect him.
“He never protected me,” Smith said in a telephone interview with USA TODAY Sports. “Urban knew the truth. That’s what’s lost in all this: the truth. Everything he’s said negatively about me, that’s all on Ohio State. That’s all from the pressure they put on him to keep his job because they are spineless. That’s why they fired Jim Tressel. They are absolutely spineless and that probably come from the board, the president – all of them.”
Hard to believe he’ll never get another coaching job, innit?
Sports Illustrated runs a piece analyzing which schools had the least, most incidents on campus on gamedays in 2017, and only three from the SEC failed to make the list of the top 33: Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Clearly, if we’re ever going to talk about removing programs from the conference, we’ve got a starting point.
You know you’ve got a great marriage when you can say this about your trip to a strip joint: “My wife knew exactly where I was, had no issue with it.”
He’s got feelings, too, you know.
“I felt like our program was being misrepresented in a lot of ways by a lot of people,” Saban said on his weekly radio show. “We get a lot of negative recruiting. People beat us up in a lot of ways — in a lot of unfair ways and a lot of things that aren’t really true like we’re a football factory. We don’t care about the players, a lot of things like that, nobody has any fun. I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
I keep saying it, but everything comes back to recruiting. Saban’s greatness lies in the fact that he’s absorbed that rule in a way that nobody else did for a while.
If you’re the West Virginia mascot, is getting popped for a DUI a crime or part of the persona?
I’ll start with this…
… and leave it here.
Tell me you wouldn’t have been singing along there.