Are you ready for some college football? Well, not quite yet, but futures for the 2015 NCAA National Title have been updated. Thanks to arming themselves with the top recruiting class this season, Alabama sits in third place on the board.
A great deal of hype goes into the national signing day for high school seniors. Alabama during the tenure of head coach Nick Saban has dominated these signing days.
Usually the incoming players need a one or two seasons to make a big impact on the gridiron, but winning the recruiting battle is still a big achievement for the Crimson Tide, as they attempt to reclaim the label as the best in college football.
Even though the Tide landed the top recruiting class in the country, Alabama saw its championship price on Bovada and topbet stretch a bit to 6 to 1 from last month’s 5 to 1.
However, those 6 to 1 odds still makes them one of the favorites on betonline and sportsbook.com along with current national champion Florida State at 7 to 2 and Oregon at 5 to 1. The Tide is just one of three schools in the nation with a price that is shorter than 10 to 1.
Alabama’s quarterback situation is its biggest question mark. A.J. McCarron is gone after calling the signals for four seasons, but the Crimson Tide hopes the void left by McCarron’s departure will be filled by Jacob Coker a transfer from Florida State.
Since Coker graduates this spring from FSU, he will not be forced to sit for a year before playing for his new school.
Competition will be present in spring football and over the summer but it is expected that come the first snap of the regular season, Coker will be under center when the Tide face West Virginia August 30.
Regardless of the starting quarterback, the Alabama offense will have a strong running game with T.J. Yeldon returning.
Yeldon ran for 1,245 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. At wideout, Amari Copper returns after a season of 45 receptions and 736 yards to give the Tide a strong passing game as well.
However, once again, the SEC will be one of the toughest conferences in the nation with LSU at 20 to 1 and Auburn at 25 to 1 expected to give the Tide a fight for the title.
Regardless, the Tide, with their talent on the field and ultra-talented coaching staff on the sidelines, will be favored by many to be one of the top four teams that compete for the first national championship in the post-BCS era.
Top 5 Futures for 2015 NCAA Football National Champions
Florida State 7 to 2
Oregon 5 to 1
Alabama 6 to 1
Oklahoma 10 to 1
Ohio State 12 to 1