College football odds and players to watch

Week 1 odds are out for the NCAA football season, and it's never too early to look forward to the 2014 draft

5/1/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 20, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide White Team quarterback AJ McCarron (10) drops back to pass against the Red Team during the annual A-Day game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY SportsSports betting is illegal in most states, but for the folks in Nevada (where it's legal) or people who are fascinated by point spreads, there are already a few week 1 spreads available for the NCAA football season. It's not every game, but it's a start, for the degenerates among us. Here are the lines that are available:

North Carolina at South Carolina (-14.5)
USC (-19) at Hawaii
Tulsa (-4) at Bowling Green
Virginia Tech at Alabama (-22)
LSU (-6.5) vs. TCU
Georgia at Clemson (-2)
Florida State (-8.5) at Pitt

Personally, if I were a better man, I think I'd hit Florida State pretty hard. They're a damn good team and Pitt, quite frankly, is not. They should win that one by two touchdowns.

That having been said, it's absurdly early to even discuss these.

But it's NOT too early to look at some of the best players in the country, who might be selected at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft. The folks over at Shutdown Corner came up with a solid list, and here are a few of my personal favorites off the list:

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
You might remember this play, which was quite possibly the best play of the entire bowl season. Good lord, that is a monster.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bridgewater tossed 27 TD and only 8 INT in his sophomore season, and is hoping to lead Louisville to another solid season in his upcoming junior year. He was the Sugar Bowl MVP in the Cardinals' upset win over Florida, and looked pretty damn good against a high quality SEC defense.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC
If you saw the Trojans play last year, you had to have seen Lee. He led the entire nation with 118 receptions, also racking up 1,721 yards and 14 TD. He was the Pac-12 Offensive player of the year, won the Biletnikoff Award, and finished 4th in the Heisman voting, which is no easy task for a sophomore WR on a mediocre team. He was easily the best player in the USC offense, despite the massive hype surrounding Matt Barkley for most of the year. He had 6 games with 150+ receiving yards, including a ridiculous game against Arizona, where he caught 16 passes for 345 yards and 2 TD. He's big, he's fast, and he can catch the ball. Gotta love this kid.

Who do you think will be the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft?
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5/1/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

It's gotta be Clowney.