2013 BCS Futures Odds

College Football Betting Trends- 2013 BCS Futures

The start of the 2013 college football season this upcoming August will mark the beginning of the end of the BCS system of ranking teams for the national title game. Starting in 2014, the NCAA will institute a four-team playoff to decide which two teams will ultimately play for a national championship. Bovada has already released its futures odds for this final BCS run, so this week’s College Football Betting Trends decided to take a closer look at a few of the top contenders.

When you win two national titles in three years and have all the mechanics in place to recruit some of the best players in the nation to fill any holes from departing upperclassman, you are always going to be one of the favorites to win it all. That is why the Alabama Crimson Tide are once again at the top of this list at 13/4 to successfully defend last year’s BCS title. It also helps when you expect to have 16 starters back from a team that went 13-1 and destroyed the second-best team in the nation 42-14 in the title game. The only real roadblock to a return to next year’s championship is the formidable schedule the Tide faces every season playing in the SEC.

BCS FuturesChip Kelly may have left the Pacific Northwest for the streets of South Philly, but his Oregon Ducks are expected to be just fine without their former head coach as 13/2 second favorites to win the BCS title. Things should pretty much stay the same with the Ducks’ high-powered attack given that Oregon elected to go with offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich as its new head coach. This is another team that will have a wealth of talent back from last year’s squad that went 12-1 and finished ranked second in the nation. Right now, as many as 16 starters are expected back including nine on the offensive side of the ball.

The third-favorite to win the BCS title next season takes us to the Big Ten. The Ohio State Buckeyes could have very well been last season’s national champ but we will never know. Under the guidance of new head coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes went a perfect 12-0 in 2012 but due to NCAA sanctions, they were declared ineligible for the postseason. The final AP poll had them ranked third in the nation so it is easy to see why they are the third-favorite at 7/1 to win a title this season now that the sanctions have been lifted. Ohio State will have quite a few holes to fill from last year’s team especially on defense with just four starters back from a unit that allowed an average of 22.8 points a game. The offense should be in much better shape with nine starters returning including quarterback Braxton Miller, who is already being touted as a top contender to win the Heisman Trophy.

Out from nowhere, Johnny “Football” Manziel burst onto the scene and led his Texas A&M Aggies to an 11-2 record last season that included a 41-13 rout over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. The quarterback’s stellar performance also earned him a Heisman Trophy, which for the first time in its prestigious history was awarded to a true freshman. Manziel will be back, but there will be quite a few new faces on both sides of the ball with just 11 other starters back from last year. The Aggies have been opened as 10/1 fourth-favorites to win a national title next season so all eyes are sure to be on Johnny Football to see just how well he handles all the pressure under the national spotlight.

2013 BCS Futures Odds

Alabama         +250
Arizona         +12500
Arkansas         +10000
Auburn         +12500
Boise State         +6600
Boston College         +25000
BYU         +15000
California         +25000
Cincinnati         +15000
Clemson         +1800
Florida         +1200
Florida State         +1200
Georgia         +2000
Georgia Tech         +17500
Iowa         +17500
Kansas State         +10000
LSU         +1000
Miami Florida         +2500
Michigan         +3000
Michigan State         +8000
Mississippi State         +8000
Missouri         +20000
Nebraska         +4000
North Carolina         +8000
Notre Dame         +2500
Ohio State         +700
Oklahoma         +2500
Oklahoma State         +4000
Oregon         +550
Oregon State         +10000
Pittsburgh         +15000
South Carolina         +3000
South Florida         +25000
Stanford         +1900
TCU         +8000
Tennessee         +10000
Texas         +3000
Texas A&M         +1000
UCLA         +5000
USC         +6000
Virginia Tech         +8000
Washington         +10000
West Virginia         +12500
Wisconsin         +5000
Field (Any other team)         +2000
Louisville         +2000
Rutgers         +10000
Arizona State         +10000
Northwestern         +10000
Baylor         +20000

Dave Schwab

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