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College football lines up in Vegas

The Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas released pointspreads for 111 college football games Monday. Covers.com's Ashton Grewal first reported the lines and has a complete list of the opening numbers. We'll have an update later this afternoon on which way the lines move as Vegas' sharpest bettors take $1,000 whacks at the opening pointspreads. But, for now, here'...
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June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Les Miles gives commencement speech. Hilarity ensues!

For almost 18-year-old anywhere in the country, the single happiest moment of their lives comes on high school graduation day. But what if, in addition to the cap and gown, diploma, and getting to hear Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” on loop 2,500 times in a row at your graduation party, you were lucky enough to also get a commencement speech from your school’s most famous...
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June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

It's Hot Seat Week here at Crystal Ball Run

As we’ve previously mentioned here at Crystal Ball Run, it’s no secret that we’re in the midst of the doldrums of the college football news cycle. Simply put, there isn’t much going on, and even when “news” does break, it’s usually not good. Even the “best” day in June doesn’t carry nearly the excitement of the worst in September, October or November. Still...
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June 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Two Former Auburn Players Dead, As Many as 7 Shot in Off-Campus Shooting

What was a rumor on social media last night was confirmed to multiple outlets this morning, as two ex-Auburn football players - Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were shot dead.  Also amongst the injured is current Tigers offensive lineman Erick Mack, who is still currently in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.  As many as 7 people are thought to be shot in the late...
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June 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Meeting of the Minds: Who will win the Heisman?

We've come to the end of Heisman Week here at CBR. There's only one thing left to on our plate: Picking the winner. So, who's it going to be, fellas? David Purdum: Matt Barkley. The Trojans will likely be favored in each of their games. Robert Griffin III was the 10th quarterback in the last 11 seasons to win the Heisman. Before Griffin, the last eight Heisman winners...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Heisman Week NFL Draft profile: Tajh Boyd

What makes up a Heisman Trophy contender? Looking  at just the past five winners (Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin), it seems quarterback is the best option. In fact, in the past ten years, a quarterback has won it eight times. Of those four quarterback winners, three were  running threats, with Sam Bradford being the slowest of the bunch yet...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

The biggest Heisman screwjobs of the last 10 years

It’s the age old Heisman Trophy debate - Are you voting for the best player or for the player with the best season? That simple debate has caused many a stir when it comes to who should win the Heisman Trophy and it’s made for great sports debate on TV and amongst sports fans nationwide. So far during Heisman Week here on Crystal Ball Run we’ve taken a look into the future...
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June 08, 2012  |  1 Comment

College football lines projected for every game

Three sports writers in their mid-20s—none with any professional oddsmaking experience—set point spreads for every college football, all 798 of them, this week. On behalf of college football fans everywhere, we thank them. The list from the fabulous sports betting site Beyond the Bets includes everything from Alabama at LSU (-3) to Texas-San Antonio at South Alabama (-1.5)...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Marking our calendars and setting our DVR

Welcome to Friday folks. Yes, we made it through another week, which means that we move just a little bit closer to the start of the college football season, and that's a good thing. Before we go any further, do yourself (and us) a favor and make sure you are following us on Twitter, and give our brand new Facebook page a Like! How much would you pay for the head coaching...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Sooners dismiss trio, leaving questions at wide receiver

Landry Jones may have fewer weapons at his disposal as Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has stripped two wide receivers, Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks, of their scholarships, according to reports. A third wide receiver, Kameel Jackson, must earn back his scholarship following the summer semester. Defensive back Quentin Hayes has had his scholarship pulled, too. All three are no longer attending...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

When it comes to the Heisman, quarterbacks rule the day

Three Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks from the state of Florida in five years signaled the beginning of the evolution of the award and the quarterback position.  Earlier this week, which is Heisman Week at Crystal Ball Run, we took a quick look at the odds for who will win the most prestigious award in sports this fall. USC quarterback Matt Barkley comes in as...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Crystal Ball: Week One

Ty's mystical "lady friend" unlocks the dark spirits. Little known fact: We actually have a crystal ball. Yup, we use it on occasion for personal reasons. This year, though, we've cleared up the legalese and turned it loose on college football's 2012 regular season. If a greater challenge exists for a mystical predictive device, we'd like...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Heisman Trophy 2012: Non-BCS players with a shot

In all reality, not a single one of these players has a legitimate shot at winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy. But that doesn't mean these guys don't deserve some consideration. How tough is it for the small-school stud to win the Heisman? Consider no one has won it from a non-BCS school since BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990. In 1989, Houston's Andre Ware won the honor. Those...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - SEC holds a welcome bash for Texas A&M, Missouri

The Rocket would have had a speed rating of 99 in NCAA Football 90... if it existed. We have a pretty light edition of the Morning Playbook this morning, but there is plenty of good stuff to check out. Start by catching up on Heisman Week here at Crystal Ball Run. Yesterday we took a look at the running backs and the defensive players of note. The SEC held a welcome party for...
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June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Podcast: All-Star Conference Realignment Roundtable

A cavalcade of distinguished college football bloggers join Crystal Ball Run's Allen Kenney for a roundtable podcast on the larger effects of conference realignment on the sport. Participants include Senator Blutarsky of Get The Picture, Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias, Michael Felder of Bleacher Report and Crystal Ball Run, Honus "The Dude" Sneed of Eer Insider and...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

CBS makes no mistake by slotting LSU and Alabama for primetime

Give credit to the powers that be in college football: They won’t make the same mistake twice. That’s because after all the controversy that surrounded the first LSU-Alabama game during the 2011 season, there will be no such drama in 2012. The SEC’s two best teams will play at night, in Baton Rouge, in CBS’s game of the week on Saturday, November 3, 2012. And to quote...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Why They Will/Why They Wont: Evaluating this year's crop of Heisman Trophy running back contenders

We continue “Heisman Week” here at Crystal Ball Run with one of the most important positions in the Heisman Trophy race - Running Back.  In the history of the Heisman Trophy Award the winner has more often than not come down to a running back or quarterback. In fact running backs have won the award more times, 49, than any other position.  Quarterbacks are a distant 2nd winning...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Four defensive players who should be in Heisman race

As we run through Heisman week here at Crystal Ball Run, we talk about quarterbacks and running backs. Dynamic playmakers and how they each have their own shot at winning the stiff arming trophy. I’ll admit it outright, I’m a defensive guy. I played safety and defense is what separates a good team from a great team. Defense is a gang of guys that are reacting with speed and...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Bobby Bowden watches college football on an iPad

West Virginia is getting ready for the Big 12. Is anybody surprised that Bobby Bowden wants to be a part of the potential BCS selection committee to voice his say on who should play for a national championship? Probably not, but Bowden has confirmed he would be interested. The elder Bowden still watches the sport on a regular basis and he also is keeping up with the...
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June 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Twittering T. Boone Pickens humbles rapper Drake

Remember, young millionaires, you are only one loose tweet away from being put in your place by eighty-four-year-old billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Just ask Canadian actor and rapper Drake (Net worth: $16M), who last week reminded his more than seven million followers that making the first million is the hardest. T. Boone (Net worth: $1.4B), the 328th richest person in the world...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Heisman Week: Pac-12 loaded with dark horses

Waiting for the next Superman. My colleague Aaron Torres ran down the favorites to capture the Heisman Trophy in 2012, but I doubt you saw any major surprises there. That's why they're the favorites. The last two Heisman winners, though, have come from way off the radar – Auburn's Cam Newton in 2010 and Robert Griffin III of Baylor a year ago. It seems unlikely...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Big Ten still playing Nintendo, others want Xbox 360

Remember when UCLA football mattered? The Big Ten, perhaps rightfully so, is on the receiving end of a bunch of blows nationally today. A media conference call held yesterday probably did more harm than good, causing Pete Fiutak to call it a "disasterous conference call." The logic and thought-process being shared to represent the Big Ten pleased nobody it...
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June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Heisman odds: Matt Barkley & everyone else

There’s some debate among oddsmakers over who is the favorite to win the national title. Some sportsbooks have LSU. Others have Southern Cal. Phil Steele says Florida State. But everyone has Matt Barkley as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Due to Nevada Gaming Control regulations, you’ll only find Heisman odds at online sportsbooks. But the Trojans’ quarterback is...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

John Mellencamp's son Hud set to walk-on to Duke football team

They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, and in the case of the Duke football program, that’s especially true. When you’ve won a total of 11 games in the last three years (for comparison’s sake, four teams from the SEC won 11 games last year alone) it’s never a bad thing when you’re in the news. Well on Monday morning, Duke football was in the news, for the...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

It's Heisman week at Crystal Ball Run! Here are your 2012 favorites.

We have now officially reached the doldrums of the college football calendar, where up is down, left is right, and the only thing passing for “news” these days is when a bunch of bloated (literally and figuratively) athletic directors get together in a secluded room, argue for eight hours, then spend the rest of the evening blowing through their expense accounts like John Junker...
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June 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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