2014/15 National Championship Future Betting Odds

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:04 PM GMT

Why waste any time? We're starting our preparations early by running over the newly released college football odds for next year's national championship.

How are the NCAA football betting lines shaping up? Here are the top six teams right now on the futures list.

Florida State Seminoles (+550)

Fresh off their memorable comeback win over Auburn, the Seminoles will enter the new season as the favorites to repeat.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will return and that automatically makes Florida State a top contender. There will be some key losses, especially defensively, but Jimbo Fisher's team will have another loaded roster at his disposal in 2014/15.

Key games: vs. Oklahoma State (neutral site), vs. Notre Dame, at Louisville

Alabama Crimson Tide (+650)

There's no doubt it was a disappointing finish for the Crimson Tide, as they dropped consecutive games to Auburn in the SEC Championship and then Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

However, even with AJ McCarron moving on to the next level, Alabama is still going to be a national powerhouse next season. There's a good chance their top three running backs, headlined by T.J. Yeldon, will all return, while a number of important defensive contributors should be back as well.

Key games: vs. Texas A&M, at LSU, vs. Auburn

Stanford Cardinal (+900)

The Cardinal have firmly established themselves firmly as one of the most dominant programs on the West Coast and that's unlikely to change as long as David Shaw remains in charge. He's already won 34 games in his first three seasons as the head coach.

Stanford will face a tough schedule in 2014/15 and needs to rebuild what was a terrific offensive line, but Keith Hogan and company should be in the mix for another Pac-12 title.

Key games: at Oregon, at Arizona State, at UCLA

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Ohio State Buckeyes (+1000)

After blowing their chance at an appearance in the BCS Championship game (and then losing to Clemson in the Orange Bowl), the Buckeyes will be hoping they can maintain their spot among the country's elite this coming season. The college football odds certainly show they shouldn't be taken lightly.

The great news for Ohio State fans is Braxton Miller has already announced he'll be returning, which automatically gives the team a nice foundation to build from.

Key games: vs. Michigan, at Michigan State, at Penn State

Oregon Ducks (+1200)

The Ducks fizzled out as the season came to a close, losing consecutive games to Stanford and Arizona before redeeming themselves in the Alamo Bowl, but you'd be foolish to count them out whatsoever when the new season comes.

Led by sensational quarterback Marcus Mariota, who figures to be a serious Heisman Trophy candidate once again, Oregon should be as prolific offensively as usual. Couple that with more familiarity with head coach Mark Helfrich and we should see another great year out of the Ducks.

Key games: vs. Stanford, vs. Michigan State, vs. Washington

Auburn Tigers (+1400)

We finish off with the national title runners-up, who just couldn't muster up enough magic in a thrilling loss to Florida State. Will Auburn suffer a drop-off in 2014/15?

Maybe not. Remember this was the Tigers' first year under head coach Gus Malzahn, so there could be room for even more improvement. QB Nick Marshall figures to return for his senior year (with competition from Jeremy Johnson), but Auburn will have a much tougher time keeping Tre Mason from heading to the NFL.

Key games: at Alabama, vs. LSU, vs. South Carolina