New Grumor prop bets released: Will Jon Gruden be coaching next season?

BookMaker recently released a couple of interesting prop bets regarding a former (and maybe soon-to-be current?) football coach that should interest Tennessee fans.

There has been a ton of speculation lately that Jon Gruden could possibly be getting ready to take the open head coaching vacancy in Knoxville.

Because of that, Tennessee fans are latching onto any Grumors they can. Now is a time for many to believe that Gruden will be the savior of Tennessee football. For others, it is a time to hope the Grumors will soon end and the Vols will land their next coach, regardless of who it is.

Will Gruden coach in college next season? What about in the NFL?

The prop bets from BookMaker, with betting odds to answer those questions:

Will Jon Gruden be a head coach in the NFL in 2018?

Yes +600
No -1000

Will Jon Gruden be a head coach in college football in 2018?

Yes +600
No -1300


Source: Saturday Down South

Washington State returns from bye to seek Apple Cup win

No. 14 Washington State is rested and ready for the Apple Cup after returning from a very late bye week.

Washington State faces archrival No. 15 Washington in Seattle on Saturday with a berth in the Pac-12 title game on the line for the Cougars. A victory would give Washington State the Pac-12 North title. If the Huskies win, Stanford claims the Pac-12 North and advances to the league championship game against Southern California.

Coach Mike Leach said Monday that he was worried about his team maintaining focus on the Apple Cup during last week’s bye week, which came after 11 consecutive games to open the season. But he said the Cougars (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) have responded well since practices resumed over the weekend.

“Coaches get paranoid about off weeks,” Leach said. “You always wonder about that.”

Leach said he has watched film of the dramatic last-minute victory by the Huskies (9-2, 6-2) over Utah last weekend. He said that game was similar to the Cougars’ own game against the Utes.

“It was an in-the-trenches game,” Leach said. “Not one of those splattered all over the field games. It was a real slugfest at the line.”

Leach said the Apple Cup is “a great opportunity to play a great game against a great opponent.”

But he declined to attach a lot of extra significance to rivalry games. Leach said he expected his players to give their all in every contest.

“There is not some extra private reserve in the cellar of the bank we are able to draw from because all of a sudden this game gets a lot of attention around here,” Leach said. “There is no special extra stuff.”

The coach was also critical of the four-team College Football Playoff system, saying it was not really a playoff because so many teams were excluded.

Leach believes the playoffs should be expanded to 16, 32 or even 64 teams, to better identify the true national champion.

He said the Pac-12 is at a disadvantage in competing for a national title because it plays nine conference games, when other major leagues play just eight. Late game times on the West Coast also hurt the league’s visibility in other parts of the country, Leach said.

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Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes the ball against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes the ball against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes the ball against Utah in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes the ball against Utah in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) carries the ball against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) carries the ball against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pullman, Wash. Falk has set Washington State records for TD passes, passing yardage and total offense. He has set the Pac-12 record and now has 13,801 passing yards, and is one touchdown shy of USC’s Matt Barkley for the league record for passing touchdowns with 116. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford in Pullman, Wash. Falk has set Washington State records for TD passes, passing yardage and total offense. He has set the Pac-12 record and now has 13,801 passing yards, and is one touchdown shy of USC’s Matt Barkley for the league record for passing touchdowns with 116. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)


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The story behind Mississippi State’s motivational chain

Mississippi State’s football team has a unique chain.

It is not a turnover chain, but it does have special meaning.

It was introduced by Nick Savage, State’s strength coach, after the Bulldogs lost back-to-back road games against Georgia and Auburn earlier this season.

Savage, who gives the team a pep talk every week, came up with a speech he believed would help unify the team while back on the road playing against a ranked Texas A&M squad, an article from HailState.com said.

“Pacing back and forth in front of offense, defense and special teams, Savage held up a chain,” the article stated. “Not a small chain. Not the kind used for locking up a storage shed with a push mover and hedge clippers. Savage had a long, thick, industrial size and strength chain hanging from his hands.”

The chain is meant to represent the bond between the Mississippi State football family.

Mississippi State has played better since the chain was introduced (it took down the Aggies 35-14 that first day), and thus, it remains as a motivational prop for the Bulldogs.

One player is picked every week to carry it onto the field as a symbol of the team’s hard work, and as a reminder that they are “only as strong as they are united.”

The tweet below from Bob Carskadon indicates which player has carried the chain in each of State’s past four games:

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Source: Saturday Down South