MJL456: Alabama is now an odds-on favorite to win the national

Alabama is now an odds-on favorite to win the national

18 Jan 2020 at 06:55am
Heres how things shook out in ESPNs Power Rankings for this week.Power Rankings voters: Edward Aschoff, Butch Davis, Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Chris Fallica, Rod Gilmore, Danny Kanell, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach | How they votedPrevious rankings: Week 1?|?Week 2 |?Week 31. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)Trending:Week 3 ranking: 1 Week 4 result:?defeated Kent State 48-0The Crimson Tide made quick work of Nick Sabans alma mater with a 48-0 rout of Kent State, but there was still reason for concern. Sophomore running back Damien Harris had to leave the game in the first half after suffering an ankle injury. Alabama gets Kentucky at home next week before traveling to Arkansas on Oct. 8.2.?Ohio State Buckeyes?(3-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking: 2 Week 4 result:?did not playThe Buckeyes were off this week after mowing through their first three opponents, including a 21-point win at Oklahoma two weeks ago. They return to action this weekend against Rutgers at home and then face Indiana at home the next weekend, meaning theyre likely to be 5-0 heading into their Oct. 15 game at Wisconsin.3.?Louisville Cardinals?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?3 Week 4 result:?defeated Marshall 59-28It took the Cardinals a while to get started, but they cruised to their fourth straight lopsided victory by pulling away from Marshall on the road to win 59-28. Lamar Jackson accounted for seven (yes, seven) more touchdowns, and Louisville heads to Clemson next week in a matchup of top-5 foes that could decide a playoff spot.4.?Houston Cougars?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?4 Week 4 result:?defeated Texas State 64-3Three weeks and three blowout victories for the Cougars, who ran roughshod over Texas State in a 64-3 road rout Saturday. Greg Ward Jr. was done in the third quarter after hitting 20 of 26 passes and throwing for a pair of touchdowns. Houston will be heavily favored to remain unbeaten over the next six games before taking on Louisville on Nov. 17.5.?Clemson Tigers?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?5 Week 4 result:?defeated Georgia Tech 26-7The Tigers solved their Bobby Dodd Stadium woes by winning at Georgia Tech on Thursday night for the first time since 2003, a 26-7 victory in which the Tigers dominated the first half. They get a few extra days to prepare for their pivotal showdown with Louisville this weekend at Clemson.6.?Michigan Wolverines?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?7 Week 4 result:?defeated Penn State 49-10The Wolverines just keep rolling up points and rolling up wins. They sliced through Penn State for a 49-10 victory Saturday and have scored 209 points in their first four games. Theyve won nine of their last 10 games dating back to last season and get Wisconsin next week at home in the most important Big Ten matchup of the season thus far.7.?Stanford Cardinal?(3-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?6 Week 4 result:?defeated UCLA 22-13The Cardinal worked the two-minute drill to perfection Saturday and drove 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown without any timeouts to win for the ninth straight time over UCLA and stay unbeaten this season. The Bruins had beaten the Cardinal at their own game for much of the night, but Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns and his receivers were brilliant on that final drive.8.?Wisconsin Badgers?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?11 Week 4 result:? defeated Michigan State 30-6Four weeks into the season, Wisconsin already owns a pair of wins over top-10 foes, the first time thats happened in the same season since 1964. The Badgers went into East Lansing on Saturday and punished Michigan State 30-6. They now embark on a killer grind. First up is Michigan, and after a bye week, the rest of October includes Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska.9.?Texas A&M Aggies?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?10 Week 4 result:?defeated Arkansas 45-24The Aggies have always been able to score with anybody since Kevin Sumlin arrived, but now they have a championship-caliber defense. They suffocated Arkansas on Saturday, thanks to a defense that was at its best with its back to the goal line and turned the game around with a fourth-down stop of the Hogs.10.?Washington Huskies?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?9 Week 4 result:?defeated Arizona 35-28 (OT)The Huskies looked vulnerable on defense at times in pulling out a 35-28 win in overtime against Arizona, but theyre still 4-0 and get Stanford at home on Friday in the biggest game Washington has played since Chris Petersen arrived last year as head coach.11.?Tennessee Volunteers?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?13 Week 4 result:?defeated Florida 38-28The drought is over, and the Vols are in prime position in the SECs Eastern Division race. They snapped an 11-game losing streak against Florida on Saturday after trailing 21-0 at one point and then reeling off 38 straight points in a dominant second half to win 38-28 and whip Neyland Stadium into a frenzy.12.?Florida State Seminoles?(3-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?12 Week 4 result:?defeated South Florida 55-35After an inauspicious start to the game, Florida State blew past South Florida for a 55-35 blowout win. The game was tied at 14 at one point, but Dalvin Cook got going with a career-high 267 rushing yards, and the Seminoles were able to get some of that bitter taste out of their mouths from their lopsided loss to Louisville the week before.13.?Baylor Bears?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?20 Week 4 result:?defeated Oklahoma State 35-24The news off the field hasnt been any fun for Baylor, but the Bears remained one of only two Big 12 unbeatens on Saturday with a win over Oklahoma State. With its next two games coming against Iowa State and Kansas, Baylor could easily be 6-0 when it travels to Texas on Oct. 29.14.?Nebraska Cornhuskers?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?19 Week 4 result:?defeated Northwestern 24-13The Huskers passed their first road test with a 24-13 win over Northwestern, as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. continues to find his niche in the Nebraska offense. He rushed for a career-high 132 yards, a role that has expanded in Mike Rileys second season in charge. The Huskers have now won seven of their last eight games going back to last season.15.?Miami Hurricanes?(3-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?16 Week 4 result:?did not playThe Hurricanes dive into ACC play this coming weekend against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. They were off this past Saturday after giving up a total of 23 points in their first three games. If Miami can win at Georgia Tech, it would set up a showdown with Florida State on Oct. 8 in Miami.16.?Ole Miss Rebels?(2-2)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?23 Week 4 result:? defeated Georgia 45-14The problem for the Rebels had been protecting leads. They led Florida State by 22 points and couldnt hold on and led Alabama by 21 points and still lost. On Saturday, they jumped out to a 45-0 lead on Georgia and won easily, 45-14, in a game that could turn their season around after a tough start.17.?Utah Utes?(4-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?25 Week 4 result:?defeated USC 31-27For the second straight season, the Utes are 4-0, the first time that has happened since they started 4-0 for three straight seasons from 1928 to 30. They rallied to beat USC in the final seconds and have now won 15 of their past 21 games that have been decided by seven points or fewer.18.?Michigan State Spartans?(2-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?8 Week 4 result:?lost to Wisconsin 30-6Just a week after winning at Notre Dame, Michigan State uncharacteristically turned the ball over four times, including a fumble returned 66 yards for a Wisconsin touchdown, and the Spartans suffered their worst home loss since 2009, a 30-6 setback that saw Michigan State implode in the fourth quarter.19.?Arkansas Razorbacks?(3-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?14 Week 4 result:?lost to Texas A&M 45-24The Hogs ran into a Texas A&M defense that was stingy in the red zone and were repeatedly burned for long plays on defense in what was a familiar result for Arkansas in this series. It was the fifth straight loss to the Aggies, who were down 17-10 at one point before scoring 28 straight points to put the game away.20.?San Diego State Aztecs?(3-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking: ?24 Week 4 result:?did not playDonnel Pumphrey?and the Aztecs had the week off but will put their 13-game winning streak dating back to last season on the line next weekend at South Alabama. The Aztecs schedule probably works against them, but this is a team -- with a Heisman Trophy contender -- that could be looking at a 20-plus-game winning streak by seasons end.21.?Florida Gators?(3-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?18 Week 4 result:?lost to Tennessee 38-28The Gators collapsed in the second half against Tennessee after leading 21-3 at halftime, falling 38-28 on the road. That leaves Florida with no margin for error in the East race. The Gators hope to get starting quarterback Luke Del Rio back in a few weeks.22.?Texas Longhorns?(2-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?21 Week 4 result:?did not playThe Longhorns have had a week to figure out what went wrong out in California last weekend. Their defense unraveled in a 50-43 loss to the Bears, and coming off the bye week, they take on Oklahoma State this coming weekend in Stillwater.23. Boise State Broncos?(3-0)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?NR Week 4 result: defeated Oregon State 38-24The Broncos went to 2-0 in the Pac-12 (OK, not really) with a 38-24 victory at Oregon State on Saturday. Two weeks earlier, Boise State beat Washington State 31-28, but now Bryan Harsins club turns its attention to Mountain West play when Utah State comes to town this weekend.24.?UCLA Bruins?(2-2)Trending:?Week 3 ranking:?22 Week 4 result:?lost to Stanford 22-13The good news for the Bruins is that theyre one of the best two-loss teams in college football, but theyve also had chances to win both games they lost. They seemed to get a little conservative Saturday in the second half against Stanford and couldnt finish the Cardinal in a 22-13 loss.25.?TCU Horned Frogs?(3-1)Trending:?Week 3 ranking: NR Week 4 result: defeated SMU 33-3It had been a tough stretch for the Horned Frogs defensively, but they played their best game of the season on that side of the ball Friday night in clamping down on SMU for a 33-3 victory. They will need another performance like that this weekend, when Oklahoma comes to Fort Worth.Fell out of the rankings:?LSU, GeorgiaOthers receiving votes: Georgia, Oklahoma, Arizona State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Auburn, North Dakota State, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan Air Force 1 Store Near Me. "Jeff is a hard worker who was an important special-teams contributor for us last season," said Stamps GM John Hufnagel. Air Force 1 Clearance Sale. Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. www.cheapshoesstorewholesale.com/stan-smith-online-outlet.html /a>. -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. Discount Air Max Plus. PETERSBURG, Fla. Fake Air Max 90 For Sale.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. This time, the Seattle Seahawks won -- and so did Las Vegas.The Seahawks used a last-second goal-line stand to beat the New England Patriots 31-24 Sunday night, capping a day full of underdog success stories and giving sportsbooks a little bit of revenge on one of their largest Super Bowl disappointments of the past.Underdogs covered the spread in nine of the 12 games on Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles win over the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans upset of the Green Bay Packers produced the biggest wins of the early games for the books. All three underdogs in the late kickoffs covered the spread, highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys outright win over the favored Pittsburgh Steelers.But the Seahawks win over the Patriots -- especially when put in context with what happened in Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle and New England -- was the sweetest for the books.New England defeated Seattle 28-24 in that Super Bowl, with Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler picking off a slant pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line in the final seconds to secure the win in a game with a consensus closing line of pick em. It was a costly swing for multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks; both the Wynn and MGM sportsbooks said the Patriots winning caused seven-figure swings against the house.I wont ever forget it, Jay Rood, MGM vice president of race and sports, told ESPN. I was in the office, watching a smaller TV with a faster feed, while everyone else was watching the big screen that was a few seconds behind. Everyone was wondering why I was cussing and hitting the wall. They soon found out.Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports at CG Technology, said Butlers interception produced the loudest roar from a sportsbook crowd he remembers. The reaction was the same across town.When Butler intercepted that pass from Wilson the place exploded, a Caesars sportsbook manager said. Between ecstatic Pats fans and pissed off Seahawks fans, and everything in between, its possibly the loudest reaction Ive ever heard in a sportsbook.In the hours leading up to kickoff on Sunday, four times as much money had been bet on Patriiots as had been bet on the Seahawks at the Westgate SuperBook.dddddddddddd. The action on New England was more than double than what was on Seattle at William Hills Nevada sportsbook.[It was a] good day, William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said in a text message.Odds and ends? A Saturday that saw a slew of top-ranked teams upset produced mixed results for the sportsbooks. No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Washington and No. 9 Auburn all lost Saturday.Everyone thought all those upsets were going to be great, the MGMs Rood said. But once you knock one big off like that, you scoop up all the parlay money and the rest of them are basically not great decisions, because you usually have sharp money on the dog side. If you have too many decisions like that you start flushing money to the sharps.Colorado, Washington State and Boise State produced big losses for the MGM at night, Rood said.We cant get anyone to bet Arizona [a 49-24 loser to Colorado], Rood said. The only night game we really won was USC [a 26-13 winner over Washington].? Alabama is now an odds-on favorite to win the national championship at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide moved to 4-5 this week, followed by Ohio State (2-1), Louisville (6-1), Clemson (12-1) and Wisconsin (15-1). Washington dropped back to 20-1 after its loss to USC. Other teams still listed: Oklahoma (20-1), West Virginia (50-1), Washington State (50-1), Penn State (50-1).Louisville, one of only three teams with single-digit odds, is the Westgates largest liability at this point.? College basketball tipped off last week, with Duke beginning the season as the consensus favorite to win the national championship. Here are the preseason betting trends on the odds to win the national title at the Westgate:Top 5 teams by number of bets to win the national title 1. Syracuse 2. Kentucky 3. Wisconsin 4a. Michigan State 4b. DukeTop 5 teams by amount of money bet to win the national title 1. Kentucky 2. Duke 3. Syracuse 4. Oregon 5. Wisconsin Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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