The long wait is almost over. We're less than a week away from the start of the college football season. With that in mind, we thought it'd be a perfect time to check into the futures market and see who the favorites are to win the 2012 BCS Championship. Landry Jones and the Sooners are run-away faves Oklahoma always seems to disappoint under coach Bob Stoops.
The Crimson Tide lost their starting QB, RB and top wideout to the NFL Draft. But coach Nick Saban's might have the best defense in college football. Alabama's schedule isn't nearly as tough as it was last season but winning at Gainesville against the Gators won't be easy. These odds are from bet365.com but a lot of books have the Tide in the +400 to +500 range.
Florida State: +1100
An ACC team winning the BCS National Championship Game sounds kind of farfetched but there's a lot of talent on this year's Seminoles. Florida State lost its starting QB but E.J. Manuel has played well in some of FSU's biggest games in recent seasons.
Boise State: +1200
As we've seen in the past, sometimes an undefeated season isn't enough to score the Broncos a ticket to the national championship game. Boise State opens the season with its toughest game, at Georgia, and plays in a tougher conference after making the switch from the WAC to the MWC. They'll still be favored in each of their games this year.
Urban Meyer's left the building but the five-star recruits are still in place. New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis should make better use of playmakers Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps while running an offense better suited for QB John Brantley.
The Ducks came up short in last year's title game but bring back starting QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James. Oregon plays at LSU on the first Saturday of the season and at Stanford in November.
The Tigers won't have their starting QB Jordan Jefferson for their Week 1 tilt against Oregon but is there really much difference between Jefferson and backup QB Jarrett Lee? Either way, LSU wins most games because of its defense, not its offense.
5/21/2014 10:25:00 AM
Hottest WAGS Of World Cup 2014: Part I
The World Cup is not only a chance to bring together the top soccer nations in the world every four years but it's also a perfect opportunity to reinforce the fact that footballers have - hands down - the hottest wives and girlfriends in all of sports. Here's Part I of our Hottest WAGS Of World Cup 2014.
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Hottest WAGS Of World Cup 2014: Part II
We continue to highlight some of the hottest wives and girlfriends that will be watching their men compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out Part II of our World Cup WAGS.
5/5/2014 4:03:00 PM
Monday Night Football: NFL Odds & Cheerleaders
It may be only spring time but sportsbooks are already posting odds on the biggest games of the 2014 NFL schedule. And no games are bigger than those played on Monday nights. We look at the odds for all of the Monday Night Football matchups and the cheerleading squads for the teams involved.
5/8/2014 11:43:00 AM
FHM Sexiest Woman In The World 2015 Prop Odds
FHM just named actress Jennifer Lawrence the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for 2014 and already the good folks at PaddyPower.com have odds out on 2015's SWIW field. We look at the odds on which beauty will beat them all next year.
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Obviously, the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller is a huge blow to Ohio St. but it is still a talented team all around and will still be playing for the Big Ten Championship. While the line has been adjusted to make up for the Miller absence, it has not gone down as much as I thought it would so we are still getting value on Navy. The Midshipmen are never an easy matchup for any team and especially one that does not see them very often. Navy is one of the few full-time practitioners of the triple-option left at the college level and it is very difficult to prepare for, no matter this being the first game of the season. Ohio St. knows that. Navy came into Ohio Stadium to open the 2009 season against an Ohio State team that would end up going 11-2, winning the Big Ten and then beating No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl and lost by just four points as a 22-point underdog. Junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds leads an offense that was No. 2 in the FBS last year in rushing at 325.4 ypg. Reynolds ran for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns. It will be up to the Buckeyes defense to slow down the Navy attack in order to give its offense a chance. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will be starting at quarterback for Miller and he will be the first freshman to start a season opener for the Buckeyes since Art Schlichter did so in 1978. Navy is one of the most experienced teams in the nation with 15 returning starters and that is an added asset when the team is one of the most disciplined in football. Navy has been one of the best underdog teams over recent years as it is 29-12-1 ATS in its last 42 games when getting points. Look for that run to continue Saturday. Play (158) Navy Midshipmen
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