Manziel Winning Heisman Solid Result For Book
It appears that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will win the 2012 Heisman Trophy on Saturday in New York, becoming the first freshman ever to win college football's top award. That's just fine with the book.
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Unless you were a devout follower of A&M, you probably never heard of the redshirt freshman Manziel before this season as he wasn't even guaranteed the starting job and wasn't a super highly touted recruit. Plus the SEC, where the Aggies shifted this year from the Big 12, often chews up and spits out young quarterbacks. With that being said, Johnny Football was terrific in setting the SEC total offense record - yes, surpassing former Heisman winners Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.
Entering the opening week of the season, Manziel wasn't even a betting option. Neither was fellow finalist Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame senior linebacker. The third 2012 finalist, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, opened the year at 75/1 to win the Heisman and 14/1 to finish in the top three, which Klein is now assured of doing.
The preseason favorites were USC's Matt Barkley (11/4), Wisconsin's Montee Ball (6/1), Michigan's Denard Robinson (8/1), Oklahoma's Landry Jones (8/1) and West Virginia's Geno Smith (17/4). Of course Smith surged into the early lead with a tremendous start before he and the Mountaineers tailed off big time. Of the top five favorites, the book was exposed on Robinson.
The book was most exposed entering the year overall on Alabama's A.J. McCarron both at 22/1 to win the Heisman and 6/1 to finish in the top three. There was also exposure on Georgia's Aaron Murray (15/1 to win, 4/1 for top three), and Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (20/1 to win, 6/1 for top three). All three of those players would be top candidates next year if they are back (Murray could go pro), along with Manziel, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Southern Cal's Marqise Lee and perhaps Notre Dame's Everett Golson.
In the most recent Heisman odds heading into last weekend, Manziel was down to 1/6. There was a decent amount bet on Te'o at 7/2. Now those two are 1/10 and 7/2, respectively (Klein 20/1). Regardless of the winner, the book will come out ahead on the 2012 Heisman.
Saturday's Live Betting Preview: Army Versus Navy
The 2012 regular season officially comes to a close with the 113th meeting in this historic rivalry, with the Midshipmen opening as seven-point favorites for the game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This year's game is perhaps the most important between Army and Navy in years.
Why? The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy is up for grabs, which goes to the best team among the three service academies. Army and Navy beat Air Force earlier this year, so the trophy will go to Saturday's winner. It's the first time in seven years that the trophy is on the line in the Army-Navy game and just the sixth time since its inception in 1972. Navy has won the honor 12 times, most recently in 2009. Army has claimed the honor six times but not since 1996.
It's probable that there aren't a double-digit amount of passes attempted in the game between option attacks. Army leads the nation in rushing by a wide margin at 369.8 yards a game. The Black Knights are dead-last in passing at 68.1 yards a game. Army averages 10 passing attempts. Navy is third from the bottom in passing at 108.6 yards per game on 13 attempts on average. The Midshipmen are No. 6 in rushing at 285.5 ypg.
Last year at FedEx Field, Navy beat Army 27-21 for its 10th straight win in the series. The teams were a combined 5-for-9 passing for 90 yards. That was a rare close game as Navy has won on average by nearly 25 points during the longest winning streak by either side in series history.
Navy, which will play in the December 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus Arizona State, has covered seven times during the 10-game winning streak. However, Army is 3-2 all-time against Navy when the CIC Trophy is on the line.
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