Georgia, not two-time defending national champion Alabama, can do the most damage to one online sportsbook by winning the national championship.
Bovada reported seeing increased action on both Alabama (5/2) and Ohio State (15/2), leading up to Week 1 of the college football season. But it’s Mark Richt’s Bulldogs, at 14/1, who have the book sweating the most.
“Georgia is the book’s biggest liability going into the season,” Bovada book manager Kevin Bradley said in a release, “There is no question we will be paying close attention to their first two games against Top 10 opponents in Clemson and South Carolina.”
The Bulldogs boast a potent offense, led by senior quarterback Aaron Murray and the electric tailback tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. All three of those stars will need to have exceptional seasons, if the Bulldogs are to navigate an extremely difficult strategy. In addition to the opening games against Clemson and South Carolina, Georgia also faces LSU, Florida, and Georgia Tech this season.
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Oregon is third in the Bovada BCS title odds at 9/1, followed by Louisville (14/1) and Texas (14/1). The Ducks are breaking in new coach Mark Helfrich, who takes over for Chip Kelly. Kelly, of course, darted for the NFL and will be leading the Philadelphia Eagles this season.
Back in Eugene, Helfrich has a plethora of weapons to keep the Ducks flying high. Quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De’Anthony Thomas return to lead an offense that has averaged more than 46 points per game the last three seasons.
Louisville is an intriguing betting option. Thanks to a cotton-soft schedule and a Heisman candidate in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals have a smooth path to an undefeated season in the new American Athletic Conference.
Texas has taken several steps back from its prime, but oddsmakers believe this is coach Mack Brown’s best team in years. The Longhorns must contend with a difficult road test at BYU and their annual showdown with Oklahoma.
Odds to win BCS National Championship (courtesy Bovada)
Ohio State 6/1
Texas A&M 14/1
South Carolina 22/1
Florida State 22/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
Notre Dame 50/1
Boise State 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
North Carolina 125/1
Kansas State 150/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
Georgia Tech 250/1
Mississippi State 250/1
West Virginia 300/1
Boston College 500/1
South Florida 500/1