2011 – 2012 BCS National Championship Futures

The 2011 college football season is still a couple of months away, but with all the top programs in the country wrapping up their spring workouts, we now have a glimpse into which teams have the best chance to compete for the BCS Championship this year. The following is a look at a few of the top teams along with their current football odds to win a national championship as provided by Bookmaker.

The odds-on-favorite to win it all this year is Oklahoma at +400. This power house from the Big 12 has won the conference title four times in the past five seasons and played for a national title just three years ago. The Sooners return 18 starters led by quarterback Landry Jones on offense and linebacker Travis Lewis on defense. Running back Roy Finch steps up to fill the void left by the departure of Demarco Murray and wide receiver Ryan Broyles is primed for another stellar season as Landry’s primary target in the passing game. Coach Bob Stoops has a few holes to fill on defense, but all-in-all Oklahoma appears to be one of the most talented teams in the country heading into the fall.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have been opened as the second favorite at +600 to win the BCS title. They lost a couple of key components from last year’s offense in RB Mark Ingram and WR Julio Jones, but Trent Richardson should do an excellent job running the ball and Darius Hanks should be just as potent catching it. The quarterback position remains a grey area for this team with the departure of Greg McElroy, but sophomore signal caller A.J. McCarron is currently penciled in as the new starter. The Tide also lost DE Marcell Dareus to the NFL, but return the other 10 starters from last year’s unit that included four All Conference players. With the SEC traditionally playing a dominant role in the BCS title picture, it looks like Alabama will lead the charge from the conference this season.

Florida State continues to revitalize its program back to national prominence and comes in as the third favorite to win it all at +800. The Seminoles lost QB Christian Ponder and a good chunk of their starting offensive line, but are confident that E.J. Manual is ready to step up and take his place. The real strength of this team lies in a defense that has finally developed some depth through a couple of solid recruiting classes. Jimbo Fisher enters his second season as head coach with a much better team than he inherited. Florida State should cruise through very manageable ACC schedule, but faces a huge challenge right out of the blocks with Oklahoma on the schedule in the third week of the season. A win against the Sooners would put the Seminoles in position for a title run.

The Pac-10’s hopes of producing a national champion this season are two-fold with Oregon and Stanford each at +1000 to win the BCS title. Both teams are coming off a very successful 2010 campaign, but you have to lead toward the Cardinals with QB Andrew Luck as the team with the best chance to win it all. They lost their charismatic head coach Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers, as well as 11 starters from last year’s team, but with Luck behind center and the Ducks at home as the only real challenge on the schedule, this team has an excellent chance to run the table all the way to the title game.

Dave Schwab

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