BCS Title Odds
We're still one month away from the start of the next college football season but it's never really a bad time to scope out some college football futures betting boards for some value. So here's a quick look at the field on Bovada's BCS championship betting board.
First, a few notes. The last six BCS college football champions have come from the Southeastern Conference, and the SEC has won eight of the 14 BCS championship games. The conference with the next most titles is the Big 12, with two.
Last year two SEC teams met for the title. Alabama, which went off last September as a 5/1 shot to win it all, and LSU, off at 15/1, played in the BCS championship game, with the Tide taking the title by beating the Tigers 21-0 at the Superdome.
Now for this season.
USC leads the betting on Bovada's BCS national championship board at 3/1. After two seasons of postseason ineligibility the Trojans appear prime for a national title run, with 15 starters back, led by QB Matt Barkley. If not for probation last year USC would have played in the first-ever Pac-12 championship game. Now the Trojans are loaded up and hungry.
Last season's national runner-up LSU, which returns 11 starters, is the second choice on the board at 5/1. The Tigers will need to fill a hole at quarterback and elsewhere, but the talent in waiting is top-notch.
Defending national champion Alabama, also with 11 starters back, is the third pick at 11/2. Like LSU the Tide has holes to fill. And like the Tigers there's plenty of highly-regarded talent ready to step in.
Defending Rose Bowl champion Oregon, with 12 returning starters, comes next at 10/1. The Ducks, however, lose some big names on offense, and they'll have to get past Southern Cal in the Pac-12 to get to Miami in January.
Georgia, with 15 returning starters, and Oklahoma, with 17 starters back, are both listed at 12/1. But while the Bulldogs will have to contend with South Carolina in its own division and some really big dogs possibly in the SEC championship game, the Sooners won't have to play in a conference championship game in the Big 12.
Florida State, with 17 starters back for the third season of the Jimbo Fisher era, is listed at 14/1.
Arkansas, after a tumultuous off-season that saw it lose its head coach, is getting 20/1.
Michigan, in its second season under Coach Hoke, and Notre Dame, in its third season under Coach Kelly, are both lined at 25/1.
Texas, coming off an 8-5 season, and Virginia Tech are both getting 28/1.
Clemson, South Carolina and West Virginia are priced at 30/1.
Nebraska, in its second season in the Big Ten, is getting 35/1.
Two-time defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin is being offered at 40/1.
Boise State, Florida, Coach Snyder's Kansas State, Michigan State and Big 12 newcomer TCU are all getting 50/1.
Auburn, two years after its national title, is listed at 60/1.
And Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are all getting 75/1 to win the BCS championship this season at Bovada.
Rounding out Bovada's BCS championship betting board are Cincinnati, Iowa, SEC newcomer Missouri, Penn State, now Luck-less Stanford and Washington at 100/1; Cal and Pitt at 125/1; Arizona, BYU, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and another SEC newcomer, Texas A&M, all at 150/1; and Boston College, Oregon State, South Florida and UCLA are each getting 200/1 to win the BCS title this season.