Oct 8, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA;  Michigan State Spartans head coach Mel Tucker during the post game news conference after losing to Ohio State at Spartan Stadium. This is the fourth loss in a row for Tucker and the Spartans. Mandatory Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Four more Michigan St. players suspended after Michigan altercation

Michigan State suspended an additional four players Tuesday in the wake of Saturday night’s altercation in the tunnel of Michigan Stadium.

Defensive ends Jacoby Windmon and Brandon Wright and cornerbacks Justin White and Malcolm Jones were suspended Tuesday. Previously, the Spartans had suspended linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump for their involvement.

A joint statement from Michigan State coach Mel Tucker and athletic director Alan Haller said the new suspensions were a result of the program’s continued to efforts to “gather and review electronic evidence” of what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh described as an assault.

“We are transparently working with law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference to evaluate additional facts and evidence surrounding the events in Ann Arbor,” the joint statement said in part. “We will continue to take appropriate action in this matter as we learn more. The student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until the investigations are completed.”

Brown, Grose, Crump and Young were seen on video hitting and kicking Wolverines defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows and swinging a helmet at defensive back Gemon Green.

A police investigation into the case is continuing and could result in criminal charges. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday he expected charges to be filed.

“We’re not here to make any excuses for the behaviors Saturday,” Tucker said Monday in his weekly news conference. “They are unacceptable. It’s also very important to say we honor the traditions of the Big Ten conference, including the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry game, and we have a responsibility to uphold the values of this great university.”

Green hired an attorney, Tom Mars, who has said the Spartans players will “feel the full wrath of the law.” Green reportedly sustained facial injuries and a concussion.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young on the field before the game between the Washington Commanders and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders DE Chase Young ready to make ’22 practice debut

Commanders defensive end Chase Young will practice for the first time this season on Wednesday, which opens the window for Washington to activate the former No. 2 overall pick from the physically unable to perform list.

Head coach Ron Rivera said the Commanders determined Young was ready to hit the field this week, and confirmed his first workout in a team setting would be Wednesday. Washington (4-4) has won three consecutive games by a total of eight points and hosts the Minnesota Vikings (6-1) and Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) in its next two games.

If the Commanders opt not to activate Young after the three-week window expires, he cannot be added to the active roster this season.

Young, 23, tore his right ACL and MCL on Nov. 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started the season on the physically unable to perform list and was first eligible to return for the team’s Oct. 9 game against Tennessee, won by the Titans.

Rivera said the team’s green light comes only after Young visited renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews and was given medical clearance.

Young had 7.5 sacks as a rookie in 2020 when he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. He had 1.5 sacks in nine games last season before his knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama to make gameday call on QB Bryce Young

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is a game-time decision for Saturday’s matchup with Texas A&M.

Head coach Nick Saban said on Friday that Young, whose right shoulder was sprained a week ago, continues to participate in portions of practice but his status for the No. 1 Crimson Tide remains a medical decision that won’t be made until Saturday during pregame warmups.

Under medical advice, Young did not throw in Thursday’s team workout.

“We’ll have to make a game-time decision before the game in pregame to see if he can throw the ball well enough to go out there and do his job,” Saban said.

Young was injured in the second quarter against Arkansas and was replaced by Jalen Milroe, who rushed for 91 yards and passed for 65 in the victory. He also supplied two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).

The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, Young has passed for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

“(Young) is a sharp guy, and I think he’ll know whether he can go out there and do it,” Saban said.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama QB Bryce Young (shoulder) may be game-day decision

A decision on whether or not Alabama quarterback Bryce Young can play against Texas A&M on Saturday might not be made until pregame warmups, coach Nick Saban said.

Young injured his right shoulder during last week’s 49-26 win over Arkansas. Saban said the medical staff decided Young shouldn’t throw in Thursday’s practice.

Since teams typically do walkthroughs on Friday, the warmups would be the time for Young to test his throwing shoulder.

“Bryce has been practicing, and all week, he’s been saying that he could play,” Saban told ESPN. “But that’s going to be a medical decision. We’ve still got some time, and I want to talk more to Bryce. He’s the only one who knows how he feels because it’s going to be a pain tolerance thing.”

Saban said Young didn’t sustain any damage to his rotator cuff and that the injury won’t sideline the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for the long term.

Young was injured in the second quarter against the Razorbacks and was replaced by Jalen Milroe, who rushed for 91 yards and passed for 65 in the victory. He also supplied two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).

Young has passed for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

“Obviously, Bryce is the leader of the team, and the players respect him and trust him and believe in him,” Saban said. “But I don’t see our players not performing well when (Milroe) is in there. He does enough good things that they believe in him and trust him. If he’s in there, I don’t see it as a problem. Whether we can execute well enough is what matters because these guys (Texas A&M) are better on defense, I think, than anybody we’ve played so far.”

The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) are heavy favorites over the Aggies (3-2, 1-1) despite the uncertainty of Young’s status. Last season, Texas A&M delivered a memorable 41-38 home win over Alabama.

–Field Level Media

Michigan running back Blake Corum runs for a touchdown against Maryland during the second half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

Michigan RB Blake Corum enters Heisman picture

Bryce Young’s dinged shoulder has put a dent in his odds while Michigan running back Blake Corum has run himself out of national obscurity and straight into Heisman contention.

Corum, all 5-feet-8 of him, rushed for another 133 yards last week in Michigan’s win over Iowa to give him 611 on the season, good for fourth nationally. In doing so, he vaults to sixth in the betting fray to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy — +2000 at Caesars, +1800 at BetMGM and +1800 at FanDuel.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud remains a firm No. 1 this week, +150 at BetMGM, +150 at FanDuel and +130 at Caesars. He is third in all of FBS with 18 touchdown passes.

Stroud overtook Young last week at No. 1 and Southern California QB Caleb Williams overtakes the Alabama quarterback at No. 2 this week.

Young is day-to-day with a right shoulder sprain, with Texas A&M up next this weekend for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. He threw for just 173 yards and a touchdown against an interception last week vs. Arkansas before leaving the game.

The Heisman odds reflect that. Young’s odds have lengthened at BetMGM to +900 (from +400) and +1000 (from +500) at FanDuel. Young sits at +800 at Caesars.

Williams now sits No. 2 at all three books — +400 (from +600) at BetMGM, +550 at Caesars and +500 at FanDuel.

Also making a statement this week is Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez, surging to fifth across two books. Martinez, tied for second in all of FBS with nine rushing touchdowns, is at +1600 at FanDuel and +1400 at BetMGM.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama QB Bryce Young (shoulder) day-to-day

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young might throw Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. As coach Nick Saban reiterated on Monday, that’s the nature of a day-to-day injury.

The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner exited Saturday’s game at Arkansas with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter when he was tackled out of bounds and landed on his shoulder. Young was 7-for-13 passing for 173 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Saban said Young avoided serious injury but might not test his readiness early in the week.

No. 1-ranked Alabama hosts Texas A&M this week. The Aggies upset the Crimson Tide last season, and Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher added a contentious chapter to their storied relationship this offseason over Name, Image and Likeness comments.

Saban said Young would throw this week.

“I can’t tell you if that’s gonna be today, tomorrow or the next day,” Saban said.

Including his first-half work Saturday, Young has thrown for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Viewed as a potential top-five pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Young will be encouraged to take the safe route by coaches.

“The only thing I would tell Bryce is, don’t put yourself in a bad position,” Saban said. “He could have thrown the ball away before, he could have let the guy tackle him, but he was in the awkward position of trying to throw the ball while getting tackled. Sometimes you’ve got to know when there’s no play to be made, and now it’s time to not put myself at risk.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws during the second half of the NCAA Division I football game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 52-21. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

Ncaa Football Wisconsin Badgers At Ohio State Buckeyes

C.J. Stroud huge favorite in Heisman, No. 1 pick futures

C.J. Stroud is striking a pose.

Stroud quarterbacked the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes to an easy win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener on Saturday. In doing so, he ballooned to a +150 favorite from +400 to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy at BetMGM and leapfrogged Alabama’s Bryce Young.

Young dipped from +250 to +400, Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams is +600 (from +800), and the biggest mover of the week is Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels at +3000.

Daniels opened at +12500 at BetMGM to win the Heisman. With Kansas rolling to the top of the Big 12 standings and 4-0, the Jayhawks’ quarterback has attracted more than 25 percent of all Heisman futures at the sportsbook. That includes one of the biggest Heisman wagers yet for BetMGM in 2022, a $25,000 bet to win $825,000.

At FanDuel, Stroud is +125 to claim the trophy with Young at +500 and Williams +600. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is fourth at that book, at +1600, after the Vols beat the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Field Level Media draft analysts rate Stroud as the No. 1 player available in the 2023 NFL Draft due to the combination of accuracy, arm strength and anticipation in the pocket.

Stroud leads all of FBS with 16 touchdown passes and one interception — his first of the season came Saturday vs. the Badgers — and back-to-back games with five TD passes. His QB Rating of 95.4 is second in the nation.

Stroud is +200 at DraftKings to be the No. 1 pick in the ’23 draft with Young, the reigning Heisman winner, at +225 and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson +330.

FanDuel has Stroud and Young even at +200, Anderson +300 and Florida’s Anthony Richardson +1400.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws a pass against the Texas Longhorns during the first half at at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young keeps C.J. Stroud within sight in Heisman race

Bryce Young rallied Alabama to a narrow victory in Texas on Saturday, which likely kept his hopes to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner alive.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud remains the +275 favorite at BetMGM, where he was being offered at +200 entering the season. Stroud has done nothing to hurt his chances with the Buckeyes sitting at 2-0, and he leads the way at the sportsbook with 9.5 percent of the total Heisman Trophy bets and 13.7 percent of the handle.

The next shortest odds belong to Southern Cal quarterback Caleb Williams (+300), who engineered a dominant victory over Stanford on Saturday. Young, who was +350 shortly before the season began, is now being offered at +400 and has drawn 8.0 and 10.8 percent of the action, respectively.

No other player has shorter odds than Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett at +1400.

However, it’s not the top trio that has the sportsbook the most exposed.

Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn is BetMGM’s biggest current Heisman Trophy liability as he has been backed by 6.4 percent of the bets and 105. percent of the handle. Vaughn’s longshot odds have shortened to +6600 after opening at +8000 as he has racked up 271 yards and three touchdowns on the ground through two games.

The second biggest liability is Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr. He is now being offered at +2500 and has been backed by 8.2 and 6.6 percent of the action, respectively. Bennett is the third biggest liability with 5.9 and 6.1 percent.

Young is attempting to join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only players to win consecutive Heismans. He has also slipped to third at DraftKings, where Young is being offered at +340 behind Stroud (+260) and Williams (+320).

However, that does represent a small bump for Young, who was +400 before the start of the season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 11, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) walks with quarterback Devin Brown (15) and quarterback Chad Ray (19) during football camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State Football Camp

Heisman Trophy favorites: C.J. Stroud strikes a pose

Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud has created some separation between himself and Alabama’s Bryce Young as the betting favorite to win the battle of quarterbacks for the Heisman Trophy.

While Stroud remains at +200 on BetMGM, Young has dropped to +375 from +350 over the past week. Stroud opened at +400 at the sportsbook while Young opened at +250.

Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was the biggest mover over the past week, as his odds shortened from +2000 to +1600.

Stroud leads the sportsbook with 12.2 percent of the total bets and 22.8 percent of the Heisman Trophy handle. Anderson is second with 9.9 percent of total bets, edging out Caleb Williams (8.3 percent).

Anderson is BetMGM’s biggest liability, followed by Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxson Smith-Njigba and Stroud.

Young is getting 10 percent of the handle at BetMGM, followed by Anderson at 8.7 percent.

Young’s odds also lengthened slightly at DraftKings, dropping from +380 to +400 the past week. Stroud remains the favorite at +220. Williams sits at +700 and Anderson at +1600.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) warms up before the start against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Heisman repeat? Alabama’s Bryce Young receiving tepid support

It has been nearly a half century since Archie Griffin became the first player to win consecutive Heisman Trophies.

He is one of six different Ohio State players to win the award and remains the only player from any school to claim it twice.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has an opportunity to match that feat this year, but oddsmakers and the public have cooled on his prospects of doing so as the season approaches.

Young and Ohio State counterpart C.J. Stroud opened as the betting favorites after last season’s national championship game.

However, the Heisman Trophy markets have continued to shift since former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams officially followed coach Lincoln Riley to Southern California over the spring.

Stroud is the current +200 favorite at BetMGM ahead of Young (+350) and Williams (+600). Stroud opened at +400 at the sportsbook while Young opened at +250 and Williams at +600.

The trio are well ahead of Texas running back Bijan Robinson (+1600) and quarterback Quinn Ewers (+2000). Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel, Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson and Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei are also all at +2000.

Stroud leads the sportsbook with 13.3 percent of the total bets and 24.5 percent of the Heisman Trophy handle. Williams is second with 9.0 percent of the bets while Young is second with 10.4 percent of the handle.

However, Young’s percentage of support has shrunk since the market opened. That trend is far more stark at PointsBet, which confirmed to Field Level Media on Monday that the junior is not among the top 10 in either total bets or handle despite having the second-shortest odds at +350.

Stroud also leads the way at PointsBet with 11.1 percent and 25.1 percent of the action, respectively. He is followed in bet count by Anderson (10.4 percent at +1600) and in handle by Robinson (7.2 percent at +4000).

Young is not among the top five most supported Heisman favorites at DraftKings, where he is also second to Stroud (+220) at +380. Crimson Tide teammate Anderson, who is being offered at +1600, leads the way with 11 percent of the bets and 14 percent of the handle backing him.

Stroud’s primary target, Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, is the biggest current Heisman Trophy liability at BetMGM. His odds have shortened from +5000 to +3000 while drawing 7.8 percent of the total bets and 6.1 percent of the handle.

Smith-Njigba is also a big liability at PointsBet, where he has been backed by 7.3 percent and 7.0 percent of the action, respectively, at +3300.

–Field Level Media