Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected Monday as the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week for his efforts in the Aggies’ 41-38 victory over Ole Miss. Manziel passed for 346 yards, rushed for 113 and topped the 7,000-yard career mark in total offense. Manziel, a sophomore, became the fastest FBS player to reach 7,000 yards by topping the milestone in his 19th game. The 300/100 game marked the fourth of Manziel’s career, the most of any FBS player.
Baylor climbed to fourth among favorites to win this year’s BCS National Championship Game in college football based on odds released Thursday by Bovada Sports Book (www.Bovada.lv).
The Bears (4-0), ranked No. 15 in both weekly polls, received 10/1 odds to win the national title, up from 25/1 odds posted last week. Baylor features the nation’s highest-scoring offense (70.5 points per game) and has allowed just 16.3 points per contest. The Bears play their first road game of the season Saturday at Kansas State (2-3).
The only teams receiving better odds than Baylor, based on Thursday’s update by the site, were top-ranked Alabama (19/10), No. 2 Oregon (7/2) and No. 4 Ohio State (6/1). No. 9 Texas A&M was listed as a 50/1 pick to claim the BCS title.
Among Heisman Trophy hopefuls, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota held a slight edge over A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner. Mariota receive 8/5 odds to claim the trophy. Manziel received 6/1 odds.
Below is a look at the site’s full list of college football-related odds posted Thursday:
Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship (Teams in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) Week 6 Current Alabama 9/5 19/10 Oregon 15/4 7/2 Ohio State 11/2 6/1 Baylor 25/1 10/1 Florida State 12/1 12/1 Clemson 14/1 14/1 Stanford 11/1 14/1 Georgia 18/1 25/1 Louisville 28/1 25/1 LSU 25/1 25/1 Miami 25/1 25/1 Oklahoma 25/1 25/1 Michigan 28/1 33/1 UCLA 28/1 40/1 Texas A&M 50/1 50/1 Missouri 300/1 100/1 Florida 150/1 150/1 South Carolina 100/1 200/1 Oklahoma State 100/1 250/1 Washington 33/1 Off the Board Northwestern 100/1 Off the Board Virginia Tech 250/1 Off the Board Michigan State 300/1 Off the Board Nebraska 500/1 Off the Board Mississippi 500/1 Off the Board
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy (Players in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) Week 6 Current Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 8/5 8/5 Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/2 6/1 Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1 6/1 Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 11/2 13/2 Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 12/1 9/1 A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1 10/1 Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1 12/1 Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1 20/1 Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1 25/1 Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 25/1 33/1 Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 20/1 33/1 Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 25/1 33/1 De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 25/1 33/1 T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 33/1 33/1 Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1 50/1 Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 25/1 50/1 Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 25/1 50/1 Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1 75/1 Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 66/1 Off the Board Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 100/1 Off the Board
Top-ranked Alabama continues to reign as the odds-on favorite to capture this year’s BCS national championship but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has dropped to third among frontrunners for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, based on odds released today by Bovada Sports Book (www.Bovada.lv).
The Crimson Tide (4-0) received 9/5 odds to capture the school’s third consecutive national title, with No. 2 Oregon (4-0) given the next-best odds, at 15/4.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota topped Manziel, the 2012 Heisman recipient, on the updated list of Heisman frontrunners. In order, the site’s top three Heisman hopefuls were all quarterbacks: Mariota, 8/5 odds; Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2 and Manziel, 15/2.
No. 9 A&M (4-1), which lost to Alabama last month, joined South Carolina in a tie for fourth among frontrunners to win the 2013 SEC title. Both school received 14/1 odds, with Alabama given a decisive 2/5 nod to win the conference. Georgia, at 3/1, was the second choice.
The site did not list updated odds on the Big 12 title race.
Below is a look at odds released today by the site on multiple topics related to college football:
Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship Alabama 9/5 Oregon 15/4 Ohio State 11/2 Stanford 11/1 Florida State 12/1 Clemson 14/1 Georgia 18/1 LSU 25/1 Miami 25/1 Oklahoma 25/1 Baylor 25/1 Louisville 28/1 Michigan 28/1 UCLA 28/1 Washington 33/1 Texas A&M 50/1 Oklahoma State 100/1 South Carolina 100/1 Northwestern 100/1 Florida 150/1 Virginia Tech 250/1 Michigan State 300/1 Missouri 300/1 Nebraska 500/1 Mississippi 500/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 8/5 Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 11/2 Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/2 A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1 Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1 Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1 Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 12/1 Eddie Lacy (RB Alabama) 15/1 Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1 Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 20/1 Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 25/1 De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 25/1 Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame) 25/1 Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1 Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 25/1 Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 25/1 Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 25/1 T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 33/1 Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1 Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 66/1 Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 100/1 Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Southeastern Conference Alabama 2/5 Georgia 3/1 LSU 7/1 South Carolina 14/1 Texas A&M 14/1 Florida 16/1 Ole Miss 25/1 Missouri 50/1 Auburn 100/1 Mississippi State 100/1 Tennessee 250/1 Arkansas 1000/1 Kentucky 1000/1 Vanderbilt 1000/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Clemson 7/5 Florida State 5/2 Miami 13/4 Virginia Tech 15/2 Georgia Tech 33/1 Maryland 33/1 Pittsburgh 33/1 North Carolina 66/1 North Carolina State 100/1 Syracuse 100/1 Virginia 100/1 Boston College 1000/1 Duke 1000/1 Wake Forest 1000/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Big Ten Conference Ohio State 1/2 Michigan 5/2 Northwestern 10/1 Michigan State 12/1 Nebraska 12/1 Wisconsin 16/1 Iowa 33/1 Illinois 100/1 Indiana 100/1 Minnesota 100/1 Purdue 1000/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Pac-12 Conference Oregon 4/5 Stanford 2/1 UCLA 5/1 Arizona State 9/1 Washington 9/1 Arizona 25/1 Oregon State 33/1 Utah 33/1 USC 100/1 Colorado 250/1 Washington State 250/1 California 1000/1
Former Texas running back Earl Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, joined the chorus Sunday of individuals calling for the ouster of Longhorns’ coach Mack Brown.
In an interview with Houston station KRIV-TV, Campbell told the Fox affiliate that he considers it time for school administrators to remove Brown, whose team is 2-2 this season and 24-19 in its last 43 games under its longtime coach. Campbell also praised the proactive approach of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, who dismissed Trojans’ coach Lane Kiffin from his duties after the team fell to Arizona State, 62-41, on Saturday night.
Asked about removing Brown, Campbell told the station: “Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen. I’d go on record and say, ‘Yes, I think it’s time.’”
Campbell added: “I’d just say this: I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve done. They didn’t mess around with it. They just said, ‘Let’s do it now.’ I think at some point our university’s people are going to have to make a decision.”
Campbell, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joined former Texas players Chris Simms and Brian Jones among Longhorns who have questioned the recent direction of the program under Brown, 62, who led the team to a 2005 national championship and reached the BCS National Championship Game following the 2009 season. Simms, the only one of the three who played for Brown, told Fox Sports1 that recent recruiting efforts under Brown have declined to the point that he does not believe the coach can not turn around the program.
Campbell, arguably the highest-profile living Texas letterman, took things a step farther Sunday. He even offered a suggestion for Brown’s successor: Jerry Gray, defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.
“Some people get too old,” Campbell told the station. “If players get too old to play a game, why can’t a coach get too old to coach it?”
In terms of a replacement, Campbell said: “If we’re going to make a change, I would like to say that we got one in the house, Jerry Gray, who’s getting in the College Football Hall of Fame. I think that would be a good place to start.”
Campbell said it was “very hard” for him to take an anti-Brown stance because Brown “is a very good man.” Brown, who has coached the Longhorns since the 1998 season, has compiled a 152-45 mark at the school. But Campbell considers it time to make a change.
“I just hope he doesn’t stay,” Campbell told the station. “He’s done some great things. The program, he brought it back, and we don’t need it to get run down where somebody has to start all over again.”
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel topped the initial Scripps-Howard Heisman Trophy poll of the season, released Thursday. Manziel is followed, in order, by four other quarterbacks: Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. The nation’s longest-running Heisman poll has correctly forecast the winner in 22 of the last 26 seasons, including Manziel’s victory last year.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel received four national honors today, including his selection as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week, after passing for a school-record 464 yards in Saturday’s 49-42 loss to top-ranked Alabama. Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, led the Aggies to the most yards ever recorded against an Alabama team (682) and the most points allowed (42) by a Nick Saban-coached team. Among other honors, Manziel was selected as the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee submitted a record-setting bid of $115,000 to claim the only Texas license plate with the phrase “12THMAN” emblazoned on it.
But he will not be keeping the vanity plate, Buzbee said today after being announced as the winning bidder. Instead, Buzbee said he plans to give the plate to a decorated war hero who is an A&M graduate and “deserves it more than I do.” He did not name the recipient.
Buzbee will be presented with the plate during Saturday’s game against Alabama, completing a process that resulted in the highest purchase price of an official State of Texas license plate. The previous high was $25,000 for plates with the word “HOUSTON.” The world record, cited in a 2008 Bloomberg report, is $14.2 million for a “1” license plate purchased by a businessman in the United Arab Emirates.
Proceeds from the month-long auction will benefit A&M and the General Revenue Fund of Texas. Buzbee will own the rights to the plate for a 10-year team, with first option on renewal after that.
Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum has been selected as winner of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Heart Association, organizers announced Wednesday. Slocum will be honored Jan. 15, 2014 in Houston. During his 14 seasons as A&M’s head football coach, Slocum compiled a record of 123-47-2 with three Southwest Conference championships and a Big 12 title. His teams went to 11 bowl games and compiled a .721 winning percentage.
One day after brushing past Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on his way to the sideline following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel continued to draw flak Sunday from college football analysts.
The primary issue centered around replays of Manziel bumping into, then walking past Sumlin as the coach approached him after the fourth-quarter penalty. Sumlin benched Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, following the incident.
But the A&M coach, who rebuked Manziel in his post-game news conference, needs to take things to another level, said ESPN analyst Matt Millen.
“That kid, I would bench him this week after I gave him a size-13 (shoe) in the rear end. That stuff can’t happen,” said Millen, a longtime NFL player and former Detroit Lions’ general manager. “The thing that got me was when he just ignored Kevin Sumlin as he’s walking off the field. The guy won the Heisman Trophy. Everybody knows, including himself, that the spotlight is brightest on him. So, … have a little class. Not third. First class.”
ESPN analyst Mark May, a 13-year NFL offensive lineman and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, said Manziel’s action in regard to Sumlin was unacceptable and smacked of “a very selfish player that doesn’t care about his teammates.”
Both analysts made their comments during Sunday’s telecast of the Louisville-Ohio football game.
“Now, the fans are starting to turn against Johnny Manziel. And they should,” May said. “He needs to wake up. He’s not a 6-year-old at Toys ’R Us not getting his favorite toy. He’s a college football player and … you don’t ‘diss’ your head coach on the football field.”
In Saturday’s game, Manziel regularly jawed with Rice players before drawing his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Sumlin called it a “foolish penalty” and said he had no plans to bench Manziel until it occurred. He also said he would address hand gestures Manziel made during the contest toward Rice players after reviewing videotapes.
ESPN analyst Lou Holtz, a longtime college coach, said: “I have faith in Kevin Sumlin. He’ll handle it properly.”
A&M players expressed support for Manziel and his fiery demeanor after the contest. In a Sunday interview with the Carroll County (Md.) Times, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco indicated the anti-Manziel sentiments are becoming too much.
“I feel like now, everybody hates him. He’s quickly becoming my favorite player in college football,” Flacco said.
But May said Sunday that Manziel must be more “professional” on the field about when he releases emotion. And that cannot include actions that show up his coach in front of teammates and TV cameras.
“If Tim Tebow did that, I’d fall out of my chair. If Brett Favre ‘dissed’ a coach like that, I’d fall out of my chair,” May said, citing two other fiery quarterbacks. “When you’re a leader and you’re a college quarterback, you … act professional. It doesn’t mean you’re a professional football player. It’s how you carry yourself as a professional.”
Four Texas A&M football players, including three defensive starters, were suspended today for two games for unspecified violations of team rules. The suspensions take effect immediately, with the four players eligible to return for the team’s Sept. 14 game against Alabama.
The three defensive starters who will miss today’s Rice game are CB De’Vante Harris, LB Steven Jenkins and DE Gavin Stansbury. Receiver Edward Pope, a backup, also will miss the first two games.
The latest suspensions, announced by school officials, means eight different Aggies will serve disciplinary suspensions of some sort against the Owls. Also out for today’s game are DL Kirby Ennis and DB Floyd Raven. Two players are suspended for half of today’s game: DB Deshazor Everett and QB Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.