Our college football analyst shares his top college football futures picks from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC 12, and SEC. Go inside and read this article from one of the sharpest handicappers in the sports betting industry.
It's a good time to revise my college football futures odds update pertaining to “Power 5 Conference” schools. I'll be discussing only those teams I deem to be legitimate national championship contenders, and also sprinkle in a few sleeper teams as well.
Louisville (+650): If there were any doubters out there, last Saturday's 63-20 annihilation of then #2 Florida State should've taken care of those that are at least somewhat sane. They'll have a huge game coming up a week from Saturday at #5 Clemson. If they pass that test, an intriguing matchup at #6 Houston awaits them on 11/17. It's difficult not to be totally enamored by super talented sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson. Veteran head coach Bobby Petrino can match wits with the best of them.
Clemson (+700): The aforementioned game at home against Louisville shapes up to be massive. The Tigers were less than awe inspiring in a pair of 6 point wins over Auburn and Troy. They'll need to be much better during their upcoming ACC slate.
Miami Fla. (+3300): Former Georgia head coach and Miami alumnus Mark Richt has the locals drinking his Kool-Aid. What appeared to be a trap game at Appalachian State last week, was anything but that, and Miami walloped the Mountaineers 45-10 on their home turf. At these college football future odds, the Hurricanes are a live sleeper at this juncture.
Ohio State (+400): You just can't look or play any better than the Buckeyes have through their first 3 games. Last week's rout of Oklahoma in Norman put all comers on notice. J.T. Barrett is a terrific college quarterback, and head coach Urban Meyer is seeking his fourth national championship ring.
Michigan (+1000): The Wolverines are superb on both sides of the ball. By the way, Jim Harbaugh is a pretty darn good head coach. They still have tough games ahead versus Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, and Ohio State. Let's not kid ourselves, who doesn't think it will be two undefeated teams squaring off in Columbus on 11/26?
I'm not crazy about any team's chances in the Big 12. Oklahoma is virtually done after suffering their 2nd loss of the season already. Texas will have a hard time overcoming a bad defeat at California last week, and with Notre Dame losing again, it certainly didn't help their cause. The only one I can make any type of small case for is Baylor (+5000). Unlike last year with Oklahoma, I don't see any scenario where a one-loss team in the Big 12 will be chosen for the college football playoffs. With that being said, Baylor needs to run the table.
Washington (+2200): I really like this Huskies team, but similar to Baylor, they'll most likely have to go undefeated. Unfortunately, this appears to be a down year for the PAC 12 in terms of quality depth. As a result, Washington will have little if any room for error.
Stanford (+3300): It's the same old Stanford. They're physical on both sides of the ball, don't beat themselves, and have a vastly underrated head coach in David Shaw. Not to mention, a superb running back in Heisman Trophy hopeful candidate Christian McCaffery. You can do a lot worse than Stanford at college football betting odds of 33-1.
Alabama (+350): Other than having a freshmen quarterback, can anyone say with a straight face, Alabama isn't a serious national title contender? Quite frankly, I've become tired of singing their praises, it's getting old. Sometimes the truth just plain hurts.
Tennessee (+2500): The Volunteers were one of my college football futures picks at 16:1 odds prior to the start of this season. However, I've been really disappointed with them thus far. You can't struggle at home against Appalachian State and Ohio, if you have any notion of beating Alabama in Knoxville on 10/15. Although, I've seen much stranger things happen over the years.
Texas A&M (+3300): Kevin Sumlin's team will have a stern test this Saturday versus nationally ranked Arkansas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They've already captured a pair of quality wins over UCLA and at Auburn. They still have their work cut out for them, but don't go to sleep on the Aggies as a SEC sleeper.