Morning folks! Bovada posted their preseason conference odds yesterday, and Tennessee is heavily favored to win the East at 4/5, ahead of Georgia (2/1) and Florida (9/2). Alabama stands at 4/5 to take the West, and are also favored (7/4) to take home the trophy in Atlanta. LSU and the Vols are close behind to win the conference, at 7/2, with Georgia coming in fourth at 9/1. Hey! The Vols #hypetrain isn't just in our heads, apparently! Neat!
- LOOK GUYS AWARDS SHORTLISTS FOR EVERYBODY
The people wot make awards shortlists have done gone and made a bunch of awards shortlists, and like half the dang team is on one:
- John Mackey Award (tight end): Ethan Wolf
- Maxwell Award (best college player but different from the Heisman somehow): Josh Dobbs & Jalen Hurd
- Remington Trophy (center): Coleman Thomas
- Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player): Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin & Cam Sutton
- If you've ever got $75 million dollars just lying around (LOOKING AT YOU EVAN TURNER), you could start your own FBS-level college football program, according to a study commissioned by Wichita State, who was considering the move for some reason. Sadly, they decided that was a lot of money and probably a pretty dumb idea, evidently despite the conspicuous lack of wheat-mascoted football teams.
- SEC Media Days starts Tuesday in Birmingham, and Josh Dobbs, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cam Sutton will represent the Vols, same as last year.
- Something called "iSportWeb" points out that Clemson is recruiting distressingly well in Tennessee this year, with three of the state's top seven recruits.
- It's STEALCONTENTFROMREDDITTHURSDAY!
So we at the DAILYLINKS are way too poor to have a "bucket list," but supposing you do have one, what non-Vol College Football GameDay Traditions™ are on it? I'm not including any B1G things because B1G, gross.
LINKS: Vegas Lists Vols as Strong Favorites to Win the SEC East
Bovada releases conference odds, Vols make a strong showing in preseason awards shortlists, and compiling a college football tradition bucket list: it's your Thursday links!