College Football Betting: Teams to Watch in 2013

Jordan Sharp

Saturday, January 12, 2013 8:15 PM GMT

Another season is gone for college football, and while the long winter, spring and summer will force us to go without university pigskin, it’s never too early to take a look at next season.

NCAAF: Teams to watch in 2013

NCAAF future odds are starting to pop up for the bigger teams that we know are going to be good, but like Notre Dame, a team could also come out of the woodwork as we move into the spring and summer workouts and practices. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that are bound to be powerhouses, and see whom the books think have the best betting odds at a BCS Title.

Alabama favorites again 5/1

It should come as no surprise that the Alabama Crimson Tide are once again the favorites to win the BCS national championship one year from now. The tide rolled over the Notre Dame fighting Irish in this year's BCS championship and now come in as 5/1 favorites to win it a third time in a row, and for a fourth time in five years.

AJ McCarron will be returning for his senior year as quarterback, and will be sophomore TJ Yeldon, who ran for over 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman will of course be leading the backfield in Tuscaloosa. No other word besides “dynasty” can be used to describe what Alabama has accomplished in the last four years. While there will be others in the SEC who are powerful enough to stop them, the Crimson Tide Mountain is a hard one to climb.

Oregon 8/1

Once again Oregon fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as their beloved head coach Chip Kelly will be returning to the Ducks for another season. Before this season Kelly turned down the Buccaneers coaching job, which was eventually taken by Greg Schiano from Rutgers, and reportedly has turned down the Eagles and the Browns already this off-season.

That being said Oregon is the second favorite to the Alabama Crimson Tide. At 8/1 it seems as if the ducks are the clear-cut number two favorite, and barring any big losses, it seems as if an Oregon and Alabama championship game could very well happen. As long as Chip Kelly is in the driver seat and Oregon, they will be a formidable opponent to any team on any given day.

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LSU 12/1

The Louisiana State Tigers come in at 12/1 to win the BCS championship next season, and it seems like the Tigers will be the only force capable of challenging Alabama for the SEC championship. Florida should be very good as well next season, but it seems like LSU's success comes every other year. Some teams would be perfectly content with a 10-3 record SU, and only two conference losses. The LSU Tigers are not, and this season was slightly disappointing.

Texas A&M 12/1

Rounding out the top four is Texas A&M led by Johnny Manziel better known as “Johnny Football.” The 2012 Heisman winner will be coming back for yet another season leading the Cowboys, and that's good for 12/1 odds to win it all.

Personally I think they're ranked just a tad bit high, as I think teams like Florida, Florida State, and even Ohio State could be better bets to win the BCS championship. But, if Manziel continues his stellar quarterback playing, then Texas A&M is going to have a very good chance at a number one or number two seed.

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