College Football Betting Trends- BCS Title Odds against the Field
Just about every major sportsbook out there has already posted its futures odds to win this year’s BCS title in college football, but 5Dimes has taken things one step further to really test your metal by allowing you to wager on a select group of teams against the field in a special prop bet. This type of wager can be extremely lucrative if you guess right on a particular team and ridiculously expensive if you guess wrong on the field.
It would be hard to find a book that has not opened Alabama as its odds-on-favorite to three-peat as national champions this upcoming season which would actually be the Crimson Tide’s fourth BCS title in the past five seasons. They have been opened by 5Dimes as +325 favorites but if you want wager on the field that they will not win it all, it would cost you $400 to make $100 if you are wrong.
Alabama is returning 16 starters from last year’s championship team and while running back Eddie Lacey and cornerback Dee Milliner may be off to play the NFL there is no program in the country better at filling holes than the Tide. Lacey followed in Trent Richardson’s footsteps and TJ Yeldon is ready to follow in his. Quarterback AJ McCarron is back and already on a short list of Heisman Trophy hopefuls and you know that the defense will be as strong as ever. The $100 wager to take Alabama in this prop is well worth the risk for a $325 return.
The next team on 5Dimes list is Ohio State at +650 to win a national title. The Buckeyes would have probably been in last year’s BCS title game with a perfect 12-0 record in the regular season if they were not serving a one-year postseason ban as part of some imposed NCAA sanctions. If you want to bet on the field that Ohio State will not win a national title this season now that it has served-out its ban it will cost you $1000 on a $100 bet if you are wrong.
This is another team that will return quite a bit of talent from last year’s squad and you better believe that every one of those players along with Buckeyes’ head coach Urban Meyer will be coming into this season with a huge chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Ohio State does have some holes to fill on defense in its front seven, but it will be competing in a watered-down Big Ten conference which should at the very least pave the way to an appearance in national title game. I am not convinced that this team is good enough to get past Alabama, but I would think long and hard about risking $1000 that they won’t.
The numbers start to escalate rather rapidly from there with Oregon third on the list at +750 to win it all verse a field bet it will not at -1165. There is no doubt that the Ducks will once again be the class of the Pac-12 with Stanford the only real obstacle in the way, but the big intangible for this prop bet is what kind of impact will the loss of Chip Kelly as head coach have on the overall program. It is probably best to walk away from this one altogether as I anticipate the impact will be greater than most people expect for at least the first season.
The prop bet odds for another high profile program as Texas A&M at +1400 to win the BCS title against a -2500 bet on the field. The bar has been raised extremely high on the Aggies with the emergence of Johnny ‘Mr. Football’ Manziel. In all honesty, after winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, he really has nowhere to go but down. Given the brutal nature of this game both on and off the field the fall could be fast and steep especially playing in the highly competitive SEC. The $2500 risk to win $100 is awful high, but if I had to bet the field against one of the top five teams on this list it would against Texas A&M.
The numbers for a few other top contenders have LSU at +1600 verse a field bet of -3200, Louisville at +2200 verse a field bet of -4400 and Florida State at +3000 verse a field bet of -7000. Last season’s national title runner-up Notre Dame has been opened at +3300 to win it this season verse a field bet of -7700.
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