Odds to Win College Football Championship
Florida State’s 34-31 over Auburn in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game marked the end the of BCS era. Starting with the 2014-15 regular season, the national champion will be decided by a four-team playoff. A move many have been begging for quite some time. Oddsmakers haven’t wasted any time posting odds for the 2015 College Football Championship Game. Here’s a quick look at the early favorites, along with a complete list of odds courtesy of Bovada.
Florida State Seminoles (+550) – It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see the Seminoles listed as the favorites. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will be back for his sophomore season, along with several other key players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. While Florida State should have no trouble running the table inside the ACC, they do have a trio of difficult non-conference games against Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and in-state rival Florida.
Alabama Crimson Tide (+650) – As long as Nick Saban is the head coach at Alabama, the Crimson Tide will find themselves on this list just about every year. The big question facing Alabama is whether or not they can replace senior quarterback A.J McCarron. The Crimson Tide have an easy non-conference schedule (West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss & Western Carolina), but as always it will come down to how they perform inside the brutal SEC.
Stanford Cardinal (+900) – The Cardinal have been a model of consistency in the Pac-12. Stanford has won back-to-back conference titles and have recorded four-straight 11-win seasons . While the Cardinal get back starting quarterback Kevin Hogan, they lose star running back Tyler Gaffney (1,709 yards, 21 touchdowns). Keep in mind they had to replace Stepfan Taylor and his 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns prior to this season.
Ohio State Buckeyes (+1000) – I know a lot of people aren’t sold on the Big Ten being able to produce a national champion and the Buckeyes didn’t exactly impress down the stretch with two straight losses in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, but keep an eye out for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Quarterback Braxton Miller has announced he will return to school for his senior season and that makes them an instant threat. The key will be whether Meyer can fix a defense that struggled down the stretch and will be losing two key juniors to the NFL in linebacker Ryan Schazier and corner Bradley Roby.
Oregon Ducks (+1200) – With starting quarterback Marcus Mariota returning for his senior season, the Ducks are certainly a team to watch out for in 2014. Oregon will lose senior wide out Josh Huff and junior running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, but they have had little trouble replacing skill players. Three games will likely decide the Ducks fate. A non-conference home game against Michigan State, a road game at UCLA and a huge showdown at home against rival Stanford.
Auburn Tigers (+1400) – What an amazing job Guz Malzahn did in his first year as head coach at Auburn. While many will remember the Tigers 18-point blown lead against Florida State in the BCS Championship Game, you can’t ignore the fact that Malzahn took a 3-9 team to a near perfect record. Auburn will get back starting quarterback Nick Marshall, but talented left tackle Greg Robinson has decided to leave early for the NFL and it’s still up in their air whether junior running back Tre Mason will forgo his senior season to play on Sunday.
Complete List of Odds for 2014-15 College Football Championship
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