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Las Vegas Sports Book Has Alabama 3-Point Favorite Over Oregon

Sports BookOne survived on the road against a fellow SEC opponent.  The other one destroyed an SEC team on its home turf Saturday.  With Alabama and Oregon undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2, it was only a matter of time before people began talking about a matchup in a national championship game.

Preparing for a potential matchup, the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has starting taking wagers with the Crimson Tide listed as a 3-point favorite over the Ducks.

Alabama is a heavy favorite Saturday (40 points in some places) against Colorado State.  Oregon is off this week and kicks off its conference schedule against Cal on September 28th.

This news comes on the same day another sports book says Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is now the favorite to win the Heisman.  He’s a (slight) favorite over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Here’s how the top five candidates breakdown according to Bovada.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 9/2

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 5/1

AJ McCarron, Alabama: 13/2

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: 13/2

Jameis Winston, Florida State: 9/1

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is listed at 25-1.

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Louisville Tried To Work Out A 2013 Game With A&M, Then Bama

gfx - they said itThe Louisville Cardinals — fresh off a Sugar Bowl pasting of Florida — had hoped to schedule another neutral site game with an SEC foe to open the 2013 season.  According to U of L coach Charlie Strong, the school first tried to work out a game that would pit the Cardinals and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against Texas A&M at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

When details couldn’t be ironed out on that end, Louisville targeted a game with Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.  Virginia Tech had planned to back out of that game if quarterback Logan Thomas had left Blacksburg early for the NFL.  He didn’t leave, the Hokies didn’t back out, and the Cardinals’ efforts were blocked again.

No offense to Alabama, but a game featuring both Bridgewater and A&M Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel would have been a fun kickoff to the college football season for fans everywhere.  Including Bridgewater himself:

 

“It would have been a great experience to play against last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and arguably the best player in college football.  He lats it on the line like I do.  It would have been a great matchup.”

 

With both Louisville and Texas A&M expecting successful seasons once again this year, it’s possible a Bridgewater/Manziel matchup could come sometime in January, rather than in August.

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