It’s been a couple of tough weeks for college football’s top-ranked teams. Two weeks ago the defending BCS champions, Alabama Crimson Tide was upset by the South Carolina Gamecocks 35-21. Then last Saturday the Ohio State Buckeyes were spanked 35-18 by the Wisconsin Badgers. As a result, the BCS Championship betting odds have changed big time.
The 6-0 Oregon Ducks are now the top team in the land according to the AP. However, just this week the BCS unleashed their standings. The Ducks are ranked second, behind the 6-0 Oklahoma Sooners. Of course, when trying to figure out who will be the BCS Champions this year, you’d be foolish to not consider who Vegas thinks will hoist the BCS trophy this coming January. With that said, let’s take a look to see who online betting giant Sportsbook.com thinks has the best shot at winning it all this year. If you are interested in betting on these teams and the games that will be played really soon, pokervqq is one of the best online platforms that will make it really easy for you to bet and earn money legally.
- Oregon Ducks, +250
Preseason the Ducks were +2000 and if you read my College Football Top 10 article just before the season, you’d remember that those betting odds screamed value. The Ducks have the top offense in the land which averages 54.3 points per game.
They also have a very favorable schedule the rest of the way, only playing one ranked team (#18 Arizona). This Thursday the Ducks host the UCLA Bruins (3-3); Sportsbook.com doesn’t expect the Ducks to notch their first loss as the point spread currently is UCLA +24 points.
- Oklahoma Sooners, +300
As mentioned earlier, the Sooners are the front runners according to the BCS rankings. Quarterback Landry Jones has been spectacular this season leading as the Sooners with the 12th most effective passing attack in the country.
Jones and the rest of the Sooners will need to on top of their game this weekend as the college football betting odds indicate that they’ll be in for a close game. They are 3 point favorites as they visit the #11 Missouri Tigers.
- Alabama Crimson Tide, +350
Usually, Vegas gets it right, in this instance, they are way off. The Tide is #8 in the BCS Standing and #7 in the AP; the BCS Championship betting odds for Bama should be at least +700. Whenever you see odds way shorter than they should be it is pretty safe to assume that the sportsbook is exposed to that team.
It isn’t inconceivable for the Tide to win their second straight championship; however, they still have three ranked teams to play @ #6 LSU, #24 Mississippi State, and #4 Auburn. They’ll need to not win each of their five remaining games, but they’ll also need to win the SEC Championship game as well. +350??? Don’t waste a dime on those horrible odds.
- Boise State Broncos, +450
Ranking #3 in the BCS Standings, it is refreshing to see the Broncos getting the respect they deserve. Say what you want about Boise’s schedule, the fact remains they are a very talented team on both sides of the ball. They rank third in the country in both Points For (47.5) and Points Against (12.3) and signal-caller Kellen Moore is an absolute winner.
The Broncos schedule is pretty much a joke the rest of the way as they’ll most likely be double-digit favorites in each of their six games. Their toughest contest will come on November 26th when they visit Nevada. Sportsbook.com already has the point spread live for this game as Boise State as 10 point favorites.
- Auburn Tigers, +700
After Auburn’s impressive 65-43 shellacking of Arkansas last Saturday, one would thin the 7-0 Tigers BCS Championship betting odds would be a little shorter. However, they still have a brutal schedule the rest of the way.
This weekend they are 6 point favorites at home versus the #6 LSU Tigers. Then on November 26th, they travel to Alabama as 9 point underdogs. That line seems a little high to me – I’m going to pound it early. Check out Sportsbook.com’s ‘Games of the Year’ if you agree.
- TCU Horned Frogs, +800
With a 7-0 record, the Horned Frogs are well on their way to a second straight undefeated regular season. But will that be enough to put them in the championship game? Despite their weak schedule, they are getting plenty of respect from the pollsters as they are #4 in the AP and #5 in the BCS standings.
Their biggest test the rest of the way will come on November 6th when they travel to Utah to take on the ninth-ranked Utes as 6.5 point favorites. Realistically, the Horned Frogs will need to not only win their final five games, but the teams in front of them will each need to lose a game. Don’t expect TCU to lose this Saturday as they are 18.5 point home favorites versus Air Force.
- LSU Tigers, +2000
As you can see by the betting odds, there is quite a drop off in the eyes of Vegas between their seventh and eighth-ranked teams. LSU might not be the sexiest team out there but they are 7-0 and have three victories over ranked opponents.
The next two weeks will tell the tale for the Tigers and after looking at the football betting odds at Sportsbook.com, it is unlikely that they will make it to 9-0. This weekend they visit Auburn as 6 point underdogs, then next weekend they are 6.5 point dogs at home versus Alabama. If you think LSU will pull two upsets then +2000 is an outstanding value as they’ll shoot up the rankings.
- Michigan State Spartans, +4000
Over the last three weeks, the Spartans defeated two ranked Big Ten foes to improve
to a flawless 7-0 record. They will face a couple of tough tests over the next two weeks as they visit 5-1 Northwestern this Saturday #15 Iowa Hawkeyes next week. Currently, they are 5.5 point favorites versus Northwestern.
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