2013 Big East BCS Futures
College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Big East BCS Futures
Bovada’s futures odds to win next season’s college football BCS title have been out since Alabama rolled over Notre Dame in last season’s title game. While we are waiting for it to release its futures odds for each individual major conference for the upcoming college football season, we can still use the updated BCS odds as a guide to determining which teams should open as the favorite to win their respective conference. The following is a look at a few possible favorites, contenders and longshots to win the Big East title next season.
The Big East continues to evolve into a mid-major conference as opposed to the watered-down major conference it has always been with the loss of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC starting next season after West Virginia bolted for the Big 12 at the start of last season. Teams such as Central Florida, Houston, Memphis and SMU have been brought in to take their place giving it even more of a mid-major feel.
Through all the change there is still one Big East football program that is expected to make some serious noise on the national level next season after taking home the national title in men’s basketball this year. The Louisville Cardinals have been opened at 20/1 to win a BCS title, which are the eighth-best odds on the board. Much of the hype for the Cardinals’ chances to make a run to the title game revolve around the play of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is being touted as an early Heisman hopeful.
He will be joined by six other returning starters on offense including wide receiver Damian Copeland and tight end Ryan Hubbell. Copeland led the team in receptions last season with 50 and Hubbell averaged 17.1 yards a catch. Louisville is expected to return 10 of 11 starters on a defense that gave up an average of just 23.8 points a game. While this team may not go on to win a national title next season, you can probably bet the farm that it wins the Big East.
The Big East team with the next best odds to win a national title is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 100/1. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a productive season in which they went 9-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play to claim a share of the Big East title. They ended the season with a three-game skid that included losses to Pittsburgh and Louisville in the conference and Virginia Tech in overtime of the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The major drawback to Rutgers’ chance to compete for next season’s Big East title is the number of starters that were lost on both sides of the ball. With seven starters back on offense and just four on defense, head coach Kyle Flood will have quite a few holes to fill. Fortunately, quarterback Gary Nova is one of those returning starters and looking to improve his all around numbers after throwing for 2,695 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Savon Huggins will have some big shoes to fill at running back for the departed Jawan Jamison and wide receiver Brandon Coleman should be Nova’s primary target in the passing game. The biggest losses were on a defense that ended the 2012 season ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed.
The Cincinnati Bearcats finished in a first-place tie for the Big East title at 5-2 last year and went 10-3 overall including a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl. They return a good portion of talent on both sides of the ball, but once again the primary strength of this team should lie in a defense that was ranked 14th in the country in points allowed; giving-up an average of 18.5 points a game.
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