calendar has turned the page to June, moving us less than three months away from
the start of another college football season. This is the perfect time of year
to start putting your own game plan together for another profitable season of
wagering on the games.
A vital part
of that strategy is keeping yourself abreast of any new developments that
could end up having a major impact on a team’s odds for a run at a conference
championship and possible BCS national title.
To help you
along, the following is a look at this week’s most interesting news and notes
from the world of college football.
Arkansas develops plan for suspended
currently has the Arkansas Razorbacks at 20/1 odds to win this season’s national
title, which is already a substantial drop off after the whole Bobby Petrino
scandal earlier this year. Now interim coach John L. Smith is faced with the
prospect of starting the season without wide receivers Marquel Wade and
Maudrecus Humphrey and tight end Andrew Peterson, who were arrested in mid-May
for burglarizing dorm rooms on campus.
A hearing is
scheduled for June 15 to determine what future punishment these three may face but, if for some reason they were reinstated to play football in the fall,
Smith has already made it known that they would have to follow the specific
conditions of a set plan to “earn your way back on this team.” The actual
details of the plan were not released, but Smith alluded to the fact that each player
is facing a long road to being on the active roster come September.
McGloin tagged to be Penn State’s
starting signal caller
the spring practice, there was speculation as to which quarterback on Penn
State’s roster would get the start for new head coach Bill O’Brien, but that
all ended last Friday when he announce that senior Matthew McGloin would indeed
get the nod.
has 10 starts under his belt over the past two seasons, beat out sophomore Paul
Jones, who just became academically eligible this spring. O’Brien stated that
McGloin was clearly the most consistent quarterback on the field and gives the
Lions the best chance to win at this point. Rob Bolden was also in the mix, but
he has been named as the No.3 quarterback despite starting the past two regular
season openers. Penn State is currently listed at 100/1 odds to win this
season’s BCS title with Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Michigan
all having lower odds.
Big Ten clarifies its official preferences
for the bowl system
With all the
talk of a proposed four-team playoff for a national title possibly coming to
fruition in 2014, the major conferences continue to expound on their position
in relation to the current bowl system’s role in any of these changes. The Big
Ten publically stated that it is still in favor of maintaining the status quo
for the college football postseason, which would keep the current bowl
alliances intact. They next acceptable scenario would be a ‘plus one’ format to
determine the national champion followed by a four-team playoff as the third
The primary concern was to maintain and preserve
the prestige and integrity of the Rose Bowl, which annually pits the top team
in the conference against the top team from the PAC-12, unless either of both
conference champions qualify for the actual title game.