Although, Alabama was crowned as the BSC National Champion just two days ago, closing the book on the 2012-2013 season, odds makers have already been hard at work and have released the futures odds for next year’s title winner. It may come as no surprise that the Crimson Tide top the chart as the odds on favorite to three-peat, but can they continue to build their dynasty, or will the SEC’s reign on top finally come to an end? Here’s a look at the top four favorites and their odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship–which will be the final year of the BCS before the playoff system is introduced in 2014-2015. These odds are courtesy of Bovoda.lv.
Alabama Crimson Tide-4/1
With most of its overwhelmingly and physically imposing roster of ultra-talented athletes returning for next season, Alabama is expected to roll on to a third consecutive national title. The two-headed monster rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and and T.J. Yeldon should be back in top form again, as long as Lacy does not forgo his senior season and enter the draft. However, even if he does, the Tide can still bank on Yeldon, who rushed more than 1,100 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry during his freshman season. With the nation’s No. 1 ranked defense also mostly in tact, look for the Tide to make at least a run at another championship. At this point, they are about as safe as a bet you can get.
Like the Tide, the Ducks are returning most of their squad that went 12-1 this season and decisively won the Fiesta Bowl over the Kansas State Wildcats 34-17. The Ducks are one of the few teams that could take down the Tide, as they averaged more than 50 points per game this season. Although they are losing top rusher Kenjon Barner to graduation, they have plenty of fresh and powerful backs waiting in the wings, including Byron Marshall and top recruit Thomas Tyner, who is expected to make an immediate impact, much like De’Anthony Thomas did during his freshman season. The Ducks will also return most of their speedy defense, which was improved this season and is expecting to be even better and more experienced in 2013-2014.
Ohio State Buckeyes-17/2
After serving their time in exile, the Buckeyes will eligible for a bowl game once again in 2013-2014 and with the team they have coming back, it could very well be the BCS National Championship Game. Urban Meyer directed the Buckeyes to a perfect 12-0 mark this season and although they didn’t get the attention they deserved because of the sanctions looming over their achievements, they were obviously one of the best teams in the country. With Braxton Miller back leading the offense and with an improved defense under Meyer, look for the Buckeyes to make some noise, especially considering they have a fairly weak schedule in the Big Ten. They could be the dark horse pick for 2013-2014, so 17/2 odds is a very good value for a wager here.
Texas A&M Aggies-12/1
With Johnny “Football”, or rather “Heisman” Manziel returning for his sophomore season, the Aggies will likely be a popular futures pick for 2013-2014 and they are a pretty good one. Obviously, the team can hang with the big boys. They had the distinction of being the only team to knock off mighty Bama this year after all, and with Manziel maturing and developing as a quarterback, their offensive output potential is just plain scary. There are some question marks on the defensive side of the ball, but with the attention and recognition they received this year, recruiting will probably be a whole lot easier. I personally still don’t think they are title ready, but at 12/1 you are bound to win big money if they pull it off.