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 Sportsbook, 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 Sportsbook. 

“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 Sportsbook.

Florida State 11/2
Alabama 13/2
Stanford 9/1
Ohio State 10/1
Oregon 12/1
Auburn 14/1
Michigan State 20/1
Oklahoma 20/1
Baylor 25/1
Clemson 25/1
Florida 25/1
Georgia 25/1
LSU 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Texas A&M 25/1
UCLA 25/1
Notre Dame 33/1
USC 33/1
Iowa 40/1
Missouri 40/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
Wisconsin 40/1
Louisville 50/1
Miami 50/1
Michigan 50/1
Nebraska 50/1
North Carolina 50/1
Texas 50/1
Arizona State 66/1
Mississippi 66/1
Oregon State 66/1
UCF 66/1
Washington 66/1
Arizona 100/1
Arkansas 100/1
Boise State 100/1
Boston College 100/1
BYU 100/1
California 100/1
Cincinnati 100/1
Georgia Tech 100/1
Kansas State 100/1
Mississippi State 100/1
Pittsburgh 100/1
Rutgers 100/1
South Florida 100/1
TCU 100/1
Tennessee 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
West Virginia 100/1