Odds Posted for Conference to Win 2015-16 NCAAF Title: Hard to Bet Against the SEC

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:40 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015 7:40 PM GMT

The college football season will be here before you know it which is why we will take a look at which conference has the best chance of staking a claim to a National Championship.

Historical Perspective
Below you will find a list of the national championship victories by conference. It is important to note that these are titles won that are recognized by the NCAA and that the Ivy League no longer plays at the FBS level. In addition this list is reflective of the current conference alignments and some of these national championships were won when teams were in other conferences. Schools that have won are listed and their number of national titles is in parentheses.

 

  1. Ivy League – 46 National Championships

  2. Yale (17)

  3. Princeton (14)

  4. Harvard (8)

  5. University of Pennsylvania (4)

  6. Cornell (3)

  7. Big Ten – 39 National Championships

  8. Michigan (8)

  9. Ohio State (7)

  10. Minnesota (6)

  11. Nebraska (5)

  12. Penn State (4)

  13. Illinois (3)

  14. Michigan State (3)

  15. Maryland (1)

  16. Iowa (1)

  17. Chicago (1) *now plays Division 3

  18. SEC – 29 National Championships

  19. Alabama (13)

  20. LSU (4)

  21. Florida (3)

  22. Auburn (2)

  23. Tennessee (2)

  24. Texas A&M (2)

  25. Mississippi (1)

  26. Arkansas (1)

  27. Georgia (1)

  28. ACC – 18 National Championships

  29. Miami of Florida (5)

  30. Pittsburgh (5)

  31. Florida State (3)

  32. Georgia tech (3)

  33. Clemson (1)

  34. Syracuse (1)

  35. Independents – 17 National Championships

  36. Notre Dame (12)

  37. Army (3)

  38. BYU (1)

  39. Lafayette (1) *now plays in FCS

  40. Pac-12 – 15 National Championships

  41. USC (9)

  42. California (3)

  43. Stanford (1)

  44. UCLA (1)

  45. Colorado (1)

  46. Big 12 – 11 National Championships

  47. Oklahoma (7)

  48. Texas (3)

  49. TCU (1)

 

The Contenders
As we peruse the college football odds to find out who the bookmakers and pundits have ascribed as their top choices to bring home the hardware in 2016 we see that the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes are tops on the list at 7/2 betting odds. Directly behind the Buckeyes are Nick Saban’s perennial contenders the Alabama Crimson Tide at 7/1. TCU is next up at 10/1 while another SEC powerhouse the Tigers of Auburn are listed at 12/1. Rounding out the top 10 are Florida State (14/1), USC 18/1, Baylor (20/1), Notre Dame (20/1), Clemson (22/1) and finally the Ducks of Oregon at 22/1.

If you are hell bent on betting OSU as the 7/2 favorite or convinced that Nick Saban will have his revenge after faltering last season in the inaugural college football playoffs then conferences really don’t matter as much as the school residing in that particular conference. However, here we must take a look at which conferences boast the greatest amount of teams that have a reasonable chance of being invited to the 2016 playoffs.

Remember ladies and gents that winning a bowl not named the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl automatically flags a team as having no chance to win the national championship because only four teams are selected for the College Football Playoff (CFP). And two of those six bowls previously mentioned will rotate each year as the semi-final bowls which will ultimately determine which two teams meet for the national championship.

Ultimately this pick comes down to numbers. How many potential playoff contenders can you extract from one lone conference? After I review the conferences, the possibilities and the probabilities of sending at least one school to the college football’s Final Four I see one conference that gives us a better opportunity than all the rest. The SEC boasts Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and dare I say Texas A&M as schools who have, to one degree or another, a chance of hoisting college football’s holy grail above their heads at year’s end. So if want plenty of contenders, including one legitimate favorite, as your conference to win it all then go SEC!

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