The Weekender: You can bet on college sports realignment, Gavitt games schedule set, Alabama championship rings pawned
Master the panel discussion with The Weekender, highlighting the biggest stories in college sports, notable writing from Eleven Warriors, and a look at what’s next.
Chances of expansion
The expansion of college football is probably not over. As a result, Bovada now allows fans to place bets on the next dominoes to drop across the expansion landscape. Notre Dame and Oregon have the best odds of joining the Big Ten, at +150, followed by Washington (+600) and Kansas (+1400).
You can now bet on conference realignment (via Bovada) pic.twitter.com/tsWjapOScQ
—Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) July 8, 2022
Clemson and Florida State top the slate for SEC expansion to +250.
Gavitt games announced
Although Ohio State does not participate in the 7th Annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pit the Big Ten against the Big East on the hardwood, some intriguing matchups are taking place this year, as the schedule was announced at the end of last week.
#B1GMBBall and the BIG EAST announced the matchups for the seventh annual Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Eight competitions are scheduled from November 14 to 18, 2022: https://t.co/fIeCAEvR6t pic.twitter.com/wJWSVrSgDc
— Big Ten Men’s Basketball (@B1GMBBall) July 3, 2022
The Gavitt Tipoff Games began in 2015 and have been played every year since, with the exception of 2020. Last year, Ohio State lost at the Xavier Games. This year’s matchups are marked by Marquette at Purdue (Nov. 15), Iowa at Seton Hall (Nov. 16), Indiana at Xavier (Nov. 18) and Villanova at Michigan State (Nov. 18).
Robinson’s rings pawned
In a bizarre story, former Alabama running back Keilan Robinson’s 2020 championship rings were pawned and offered for sale on the popular TV show ‘Pawn Stars’.
All three rings, SEC, Rose Bowl, and College Football Playoff National Championship, have Robinson’s name and number inscribed on them. Robinson did not play in the 2020 season as he withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was then transferred to Texas. It is unclear how the rings were removed from Robinson’s possession.
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Griffin Strom looks at how Nick Kellogg, son of former Ohio State standout Clark Kellogg, found his place on the Ohio State coaching staff.
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Matt Gutridge is adding another school to his “Pipeline” series, this one the home of former Buckeyes Chris Spielman, Devin Smith and Gareon Conley.
Ohio State Pax
Johnny Ginter explains how Ohio State was able to stay so dominant for so long and how it would take a lot for them to fall from glory like Florida State’s former “Big Three” powerhouses.