College football odds favor Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State to win the title, but the odds are stacked against them doing so with a perfect 15-0 record.
An undefeated season at the top college football level hasn't really been all that rare when you stop to think about it. I mean, three of the final five BCS championship went to FBS teams with perfect marks (two more in that period going undefeated), and teams have enjoyed spotless records going into the College Football Championship each of the last two seasons.
Problem is, neither emerged with the crown, Florida State falling to Oregon in the 2015 Rose Bowl and Clemson suffering its only setback in the title game this past January to Alabama. Maybe that 15th game on the slate, that elusive 15-0 mark, is just too much to overcome.
No doubt that the NCAAF odds are less likely for a team to go 15-0 as opposed to 14-0. It's simple math. So perhaps the schools that won't play a 15th game this time are the best bets, and by that, I mean teams from the Big 12 where there is no conference championship.
Can Sooners Start Tough Slate 5-0?
I like the Sooners to win the conference to represent the old Dirty Dozen in a New Year's Six contest. Trouble is there may not be a team with a tougher schedule the first five games than OU, beginning with the season opener in Houston against a team that went deep into last season with a perfect record, the UH Cougars. After a visit from UL-Monroe, Oklahoma greets Ohio State in Norman, then visits the TCU Horned Frogs before the Red River Rivalry vs. Texas.
I just can't see the Sooners being 5-0, but if they make it, then 12-0 entering the CFP is very, very possible.
Alabama is, of course, a decent bet here. A very chalky bet, in fact, with Nick Saban's side leading the list to go all the way at 6/1 on the college football futures. It hasn't been that long since the Crimson Tide went undefeated, capping a 14-0 campaign in 2009-10 with the crystal BCS ball. Again, we're talking a tough fixture for 'Bama to navigate, a neutral-site affair vs. USC and a road game at Ole Miss in a matter of the first 14 days. Funny, I do like the Tide to go 5-0, but then come three road tilts at Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU in a 5-week span, and that's where we should see one upset in the bunch.
Early Buckeyes-Sooners Scrap Is Huge
Ohio State is one of the two teams to go undefeated during the BCS Era and not win a title, TCU the other for those scoring at home, so maybe 2016 is when OSU enjoys a perfect record and earns a second championship under Urban Meyer. A road win at Oklahoma in Week 3 is the toughest early game, but a dubya could propel the Buckeyes forward leaving that late trip to East Lansing and home finale vs. Michigan.
Put me down for a college football pick on that date in Norman as producing a team that will go into the College Football Playoffs undefeated.
'Noles Might Be Best Bet To Go 15-0
That big USC-Alabama matchup in Week 1 is another game that could push one side or the other to a perfect season. They'd have to finish off the regular season part at home against Notre Dame, and there are definitely pitfalls for Clay Helton and the Trojans between those games, but Southern California as a long shot to accomplish the feat is an interesting bet.
Yet a third really big and huge game is just before Halloween in Tallahassee between Florida State and Clemson. This one could be a collision of unbeatens and 1-2 matchup in itself, giving the winner a great shot to end with a zero in the loss column. Of the two, I like the Seminoles to provide the best value on a 15-0 wager.