Odds and ends for 2008 season

August, 19, 2008

There are some interesting odds out there for the upcoming season. I just glanced at some of the items released by Bodog and it's juicy stuff. Florida's Tim Tebow is a 7-2 favorite to win the Heisman, while USC is the 7-2 favorite to win the national title. Here are some of the items that really caught my eye:

• Of the players listed higher than 25-1 as Heisman contenders, I think USC's Mark Sanchez (40-1), Clemson's James Davis (50-1) and Ohio State's James Laurinaitis (50-1) have the best shots. Not saying any of the three will win the trophy, but I could see scenarios that aren't completely outlandish where they have at least a shot.

• I've been touting Pitt as a sleeper to win the Big East, but the Panthers actually are not much of a sleeper if they're only priced at 3-1 to win the league, behind WVU (1-1) and USF (5-2).

• UCLA is only an 8-1 shot to win the Pac-10. Bad bet there, with the Bruins' O-line in shambles. Meanwhile, Arizona -- which I think will surprise a lot of people this year -- is at 20-1 to win the league. I actually think those two lines should be reversed.

The prop bets are the really intriguing items, where you can guess which freshman stud, Alabama's Julio Jones or Southern Miss' DeAndre Brown, has the most receiving yards this season (I'd take Brown on this one), or whether WVU's Noel Devine runs for more than 1,100 yards. (I'll say yes.) Or whether Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray goes for over 1,500 yards (I'll say no).

Others of interest:

• Does Ohio State's Beanie Wells run for at least 18.5 TDs this year? Yes.

• Southern Miss' Damian Fletcher's rushing line is at 1,650, and I'll predict he doesn't get there.

• Is Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy going to run for over 1,450 yards? Yes.

• Will Oklahoma's Sam Bradford pass for over 36 TDs? No.

• Will Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen throw for more than 20.5 TDs? Yes.

• Will Missouri's Chase Daniel pass for at least 34 TDs? Yes.

• Does Texas Tech's Graham Harrell eclipse the 45½-TD pass barrier? Yes.

• Will Mark Sanchez throw for more than 26½ TDs? No.

• Does Tim Tebow run for more than 725 yards this year? No.

• Will Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree go for over 1,950 receiving yards in 2008? No.

• Which USC player leads the Trojans in receiving yards, Vidal Hazelton (10-11), Patrick Turner (3-2), Damian Williams (4-1) or other (5-1)? I think Williams, the smooth Arkansas transfer, is the best option here.



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