While the memory of Ohio State’s impressive 42-20 romp over Oregon as a six-point underdog in the first ever College Football Playoff Championship Game remains fresh in our heads, Doc’s Sports has already turned its attention to next season with a complete set of college football futures betting odds to win the 2015 national title.
Few college football fans would argue against the fact that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is one of the best in the game, especially in light of what his team did this season in its run to the title. He will now get a chance to further enhance that status with his Buckeyes favored to repeat as champions at 5/1 betting odds.
Since taking over this program in 2012, Meyer’s teams have gone 38-3 straight up, and they have yet to lose a regular-season game in Big Ten play. This past season, Ohio State posted a 14-1 SU record with a 10-5 mark against the spread. The offense could very well have three quality starters at quarterback on the roster when play begins next season, and Meyer’s recruiting efforts over the past three years should only improve the overall talent level Ohio State moving forward.
The Big 12’s TCU Horned Frogs could have made a pretty strong argument that they should have been in the national playoffs this season after going 11-1 SU (10-2 ATS) in the regular season. They actually ended up sixth in the final College Football Playoff Rankings behind No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Baylor, but TCU climbed to No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 after pasting Ole Miss 42-3 in this season’s Chick-fil-A Bowl as a three-point favorite. TCU’s betting odds to take the next step to a national title in 2015 have been set at 15/2.
The Horned Frogs finished the season ranked second in the nation in scoring with an average of 46.5 points a game behind a passing attack that racked up an average of 326.2 yards a game. Quarterback Trevone Boykin is expected back next season to pick up where he left off after throwing for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns while adding another 707 yards and eight scores on the ground.
The third favorite at 9/1 betting odds is perennial national title contender Alabama. Much like Meyer in Columbus, the man behind the team in Tuscaloosa is no stranger to fielding winners on a yearly basis. Nick Saban will be entering his ninth season as the Crimson Tide’s head coach, and in that time he has already led his team to three national titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The two-year hiatus from the top spot in the nation is only bound to fuel this team’s motivation for another run at a title in 2015.
The driving force behind Alabama’s success over the last eight seasons can be primarily attributed to a solid ground game no matter who is running the ball and a shut-down defense that is very adept at keeping opposing teams out of the end zone. This past season Alabama was ranked sixth in the nation in points allowed (18.4).
There is a logjam of teams on the list following these top three favorites starting with Baylor at 14/1 odds to win it all. There is a trio of title contenders at 16/1 that includes another Big 12 team in Oklahoma and the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans from the Pac-12.
The ACC’s Florida State Seminoles have been listed at 20/1 odds moving forward without quarterback Jameis Winston. The SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers also come in at 20/1 odds. Two other programs at 20/1 are the Big Ten’s Michigan State Wolverines and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
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