With the NCAA football season three quarters complete, thoughts are starting to center on the BCS National Championship game, and what two teams will be playing for the national title.
As week 12 approaches, there are nine teams still in the hunt for the BCS Championship with Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor with the obvious best shots at getting there.
However, crazy things can happen during November and have on many occasions. Therefore, teams such as Auburn, Missouri and Stanford are still in the mix and both Michigan State and Oregon are still there lurking.
Most sportsbooks including Bovada and betonline have Alabama as the favorite at 6 to 5 to take home their third straight national title. The team with the next shortest odds is FSU at 8 to 5, followed by Baylor at 3 to 1, Ohio State is next at 7 to 1, with Oregon at 15 to 1 and then Stanford 25 to 1.
Fans and bettors that think teams with one loss are done, should remember 2007 when Pittsburgh defeated West Virginia as a road underdog of 28.5 points to open the door for LSU to win a national championship. Then in 2011, Oklahoma State was beaten by Iowa State, which was an underdog by 27.5 points to deny the Cowboys a national title shot.
Missouri for example could defeat both Texas A&M and Ole Miss to end their regular season and follow that up with a win against Alabama in the SEC Championship.
If that took place, Missouri would still need Florida State, Baylor and Ohio State to lose. Baylor has three tough games, while Ohio State faces Michigan and could face Michigan State with the nation’s best defense for the Big 10 championship.
Auburn could win out and then hope two to three undefeated teams lose.
Regardless, of what takes place, it is sure to be a great last three weeks of November and part of December for football fans and bettors as the games become that much more important and the opponents in each, that much more tougher.
Sites such as topbet and sportsbook.com have updated their title game potential matchups. Alabama for example is -9 against Baylor, -10 against Ohio State, -5.5 against Florida State. Florida State is -6 against Ohio State and -4.5 against Baylor.
For the latest odds on any NCAA football game or any other sport, check these: Bovada, sportsbook.com, topbet and betonline.