NCAA Football Betting News and Rumors From Campus

Posted by Daniel Strum on November 12, 2015 in

De’Veon Smith came to the media this week with a story about former Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke that should amuse most NCollege Football Odds fans, talking about the time that Hoke came to his home on a recruiting visit – and ended up falling asleep. However, Hoke’s recollection is somewhat different, according to Twitter:

Let’s Take a Look at the NCAA Football Betting News and Rumors From Campus

Could Navy be Heading to a Bowl Game

After years of mediocrity, it looks like the Naval Academy will be a serious contender for the American Athletic Conference’s Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six bowl rotation (either the Fiesta or the Peach this year) this year. This wouldn’t have happened if Navy hadn’t sailed into the Liberty Bowl this past weekend and routed the previously undefeated Memphis Tigers. Navy has SMU, Tulsa and Houston left on its slate, and the only test there will be the Houston Cougars. If Navy can win out, they will be in the AAC title game. If they win that game, they will then face Army in their annual clash.

The Army-Navy game is going to be a part of the CFP considerations. The BCS had decided that the game would not be part of its evaluation, because the rivalry has long been seen as more of an exhibition as anything else. So the Army-Navy game, which would come after the December announcement of the CFP standings, would only influence the pairing announcement that affected Army or Navy. Army-Navy takes place on December 12, and if Navy wins the AAC but loses to Army, and the CFP committee decides to penalize the Midshipmen for that loss, another team could end up in their bowl slot after thinking they were playing in a different bowl. That could lead to an immense domino effect as lower bowls had to deal with their teams suddenly leaving to play in a more prestigious game.

Could Mccafrey Bring a Heisman Trophy Back to Stanford

Stanford University has only seen one player win the Heisman Trophy – and that player was Jim Plunkett, who took the hardware home in 1970. Plunkett did not have all of the social media going his way that current Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey has. McCaffrey is the best shot that the Cardinal have had for a Heisman winner in years, and Stanford has set up the website to provide a showcase of their young back who is making a late push for consideration.

As a sophomore, McCaffrey has become one of the new stars in the Pac-12 and is getting more and more national attention from online betting buffs as Stanford keeps piling up the wins. However, his statistics do show some holes. He has run for 1,207 yards, good for a top ten ranking so far, but he only has six touchdowns. He does have 325 receiving yards (and two more touchdowns on receptions), and 605 yards on kickoff returns. He even threw a touchdown pass on a trick play. His yardage is similar at this point to the production of such past Heisman Trophy winners as Marcus Allen, Tony Dorsett and Eddie George. It’s been tough for running backs to win Heisman Trophies in recent years, as only two players have done it since 2000. It’s become more of a quarterback’s award, although this year features a number of strong running backs. In addition to McCaffrey, DeVontae Booker, Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott are also in the “running.”