Florida State opens as the 2015 favorites
For the first time in four years, Alabama does not open as the early favorite to win the next college football national championship.
That honor, predictably, goes to Florida State, who rallied late to defeat Auburn on Monday night in the 2014 edition of the BCS title game.
FSU was 11/2 at Bovada, slightly ahead of perennial powerhouse Alabama at 13/2. Auburn was the sixth betting choice and they may fall if talented youngsters like Tre Mason leave for the NFL.
Ohio State of the Big Ten and two Pac-12 schools – Stanford and Oregon – round out the top five.
“It was a stressful night as we were pretty much all in on FSU needing them to win the game because of our tremendous exposure on our BCS Future Odds and on the Auburn money line, and I have to say I slept well,” said Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager of Bovada.
“But no time to rest as I spent all morning calculating next year’s BCS odds but it has been more of a challenge this time around due to some key players still undecided on the NFL Draft and also the new playoff system which is still a little obscure therefore some teams who would normally stand little chance may be able to sneak in. I expect these odds to move over the next few days quite a bit based on those factors.”
Teams that pulled significant BCS bowl upsets represent the next tier of college football betting options. Michigan State and Oklahoma were 20/1, and Clemson was 25/1.
The SEC places seven schools in the top 14 spots. See the lines posted this afternoon at Bovada.
Florida State 11/2
Ohio State 10/1
Michigan State 20/1
South Carolina 25/1
Texas A&M 25/1
Notre Dame 33/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
North Carolina 50/1
Arizona State 66/1
Oregon State 66/1
Boise State 100/1
Boston College 100/1
Georgia Tech 100/1
Kansas State 100/1
Mississippi State 100/1
South Florida 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
West Virginia 100/1