2015-16 College Football National Title Odds

2015-16 College Football National Title Odds

Now that Ohio State has put a big ol’ butt-stomping bow on the 2014-15 college football season, it’s time to take a very premature peek at the 2015-16 national championship odds. Underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, incoming freshman classes, potential coaching changes, and unforeseen injuries will all impact these odds over the next eight months, but it’s still intriguing to see which schools Vegas has penciled in as the ones to beat once the autumn wind begins to blow. Here’s a look at the oh so early odds for the upcoming college pigskin campaign.

Ohio State 5/1 – Urban Meyer has count ’em three quarterbacks to choose from to defend his championship. Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett both return from season-ending injuries, and ex third-stringer Cardale Jones has a three-game resume unlike any other to wave in his competition’s faces. Stud runner Ezekiel Elliott is also back after rumbling for 696 yards and eight scores during the Buckeyes’ impressive stretch run. They should be the preseason consensus No. 1 team no matter who’s under center.

TCU 15/2 – Despite being left out of the inaugural playoff, the Horned Frogs return a lethal offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring behind junior dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin, who in all likelihood will be back in the fold. With Bryce Petty leaving for the pros from conference rival Baylor, TCU will be the favorite to seize the Big 12.

Alabama 10/1 – ‘Bama loses a glut of talent, but Nick Saban brings in another blue chip recruiting class to go along with quarterback Jake Coker and bruising running back Derrick Henry. The SEC took some lumps during bowl season, but it is still the nation’s top conference from top to bottom, led by the Crimson Tide.

Oregon 14/1 – Assuming Marcus Mariota is gone, the Ducks will be heading into 2015 with question marks under center. Head coach Mark Helfrich operates a potent offensive attack that can thrive without an elite signal-caller, but Mariota was the main reason why Oregon was a legit title contender for the last three years.

Florida State 16/1 – Like Oregon, the Seminoles will wave goodbye to a Heisman-winning quarterback and search for answers after their bid to repeat crashed and exploded into a plume of flames. Jimbo Fisher might want to coax one of the Ohio State trio to head to the sunshine state. Regardless, the ACC is weak, so the ‘Noles will remain the team to beat.

Notre Dame 20/1 – Really? Everett Golson exits an Irish squad that lost four of their last five. The Music City Bowl victory against LSU was eye-opening, but the Golden Domers will continue to be outliers as long as they refuse to join a power conference.

Georgia 33/1 – Would-be sophomore running back Nick Chubb has NFL written all over him, but the ‘Dawgs have holes to plug if they hope to capture the top spot in the SEC East standings.

Georgia Tech 50/1 – Here’s a longshot to remember. All eyes will be on dual-threat quarterback Justin Thomas, who was the catalyst to the Jackets’ excellent finish. The backfield loses a pair of key seniors in Synjyn Days and Zach Laskey, so repeating as ACC Coastal champs won’t be easy.