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Updated Heisman & Playoff odds: Vegas falls in love the with the Tide even more, as Alabama jumps to a 6/1 favorite.

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Scarbrough drops off the Heisman radar and Ridley leaps into contention.

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Invariably as the season approaches, the warts of a team start to fade, lingering questions appear to be answered, and general enthusiasm begins to grow.

While I’m almost there, Vegas is all-in on the Tide. Already a 7/1 favorite to make the playoffs and take home the title, the Tide has jumped to 6/1 since fall camp started, and Alabama is a growing favorite to take home the crown, a feat that would give ‘Bama its 17th national title and bring Coach Nick Saban into a tie with Bear Bryant for most national titles won in major college football (6.)

From Bovada (SEC teams and Tide opponents in bold:)

1/13/16 2/15/16 Current Odds (8/9/16)

Alabama 7/1 7/1 6/1

LSU 14/1 14/1 7/1

Clemson 15/2 15/2 17/2

Michigan 12/1 15/2 9/1

Ohio State 12/1 6/1 9/1

Florida State 16/1 20/1 10/1

Tennessee 22/1 14/1 12/1

Oklahoma 14/1 14/1 16/1

Notre Dame 14/1 16/1 20/1

Stanford 14/1 16/1 25/1

Georgia 33/1 33/1 33/1

Oregon 22/1 33/1 33/1

USC 33/1 33/1 33/1

Florida 33/1 40/1 40/1

Mississippi 22/1 20/1 40/1

TCU 33/1 33/1 40/1

Washington 66/1 50/1 40/1

Auburn 50/1 33/1 50/1

Baylor 12/1 16/1 50/1

Michigan State 33/1 25/1 50/1

UCLA 40/1 33/1 50/1

Houston 33/1 50/1 66/1

Iowa 33/1 66/1 66/1

Louisville 50/1 50/1 66/1

Oklahoma State 50/1 50/1 66/1

Texas 75/1 100/1 66/1

Texas A&M 50/1 66/1 66/1

Arkansas 50/1 75/1 100/1

Miami Florida 66/1 75/1 100/1

North Carolina 50/1 66/1 100/1

Utah 66/1 66/1 100/1

Wisconsin 50/1 66/1 100/1

Boise State 100/1 100/1 150/1

Nebraska 50/1 75/1 150/1

Arizona State 100/1 75/1 200/1

West Virginia 75/1 200/1 200/1

Washington State 66/1 100/1 200/1

BYU 100/1 200/1 250/1

Maryland 100/1 200/1 250/1

Arizona 100/1 200/1 300/1

Mississippi State 100/1 200/1 300/1

Penn State 100/1 200/1 300/1

Virginia Tech 75/1 200/1 300/1

California 100/1 200/1 500/1

Georgia Tech 100/1 200/1 500/1

Missouri 100/1 100/1 500/1

Northwestern 100/1 200/1 500/1

South Carolina 66/1 100/1 500/1

Iowa State Off the Board Off the Board 500/1

Pittsburgh Off the Board Off the Board 500/1

Texas Tech Off the Board Off the Board 500/1

In other related odds, the Heisman race hasn’t really changed with the book. Deshaun Watson (9/2) and Leonard Fournette (5/1) have swapped first and second place on Bovada’s board, with Christian McCaffrey lurking in third at 11/2.

IYAM, Watson at 9/2 is still excellent money. If he stays healthy, and given Clemson’s retooling defense, that offense will be on the field a ton, and he will get the chance to put up gawdy numbers. A nationally-televised win in Tallahassee against title contender FSU would all-but cement the honor for him, especially if the Tigers claim the ACC crown and punch their ticket to the playoffs.

Alabama had two players on the Heisman board, and both were going to be long shots. Bo Scarbrough initially came in at 25/1. However, after Lane Kiffin signaled on August 7th that this team will be more of a platoon backfield, Bovada dropped Scarbrough off the board completely on August 9th. But, apparently buoyed by the quarterback practice reports (and knowing Coach Kiffin’s tendencies,) sophomore phenom Calvin Ridley’s odds have nearly doubled, making him a very plausible dark horse at 12/1 (up from 25/1.)

So, what above looks right to you? What seems like a fool’s errand? Who should be the favorite (Heisman, Playoff, any of the above.)

Sound off below.