Most Important 2015 NCAA Football Odds Offseason Stories and Moves
Greetings, college football fans! Congratulations on making it this far in the offseason. Can you believe that the long wait for the new season is pretty much in the rearview mirror after 7-plus month of agonizing football drought? It feels like just yesterday that I was embarrassing myself predicting that teams would overlook Jameis Winston for a top pick because of his off-field concerns and Leonard Williams would be a top-3 pick. As it turned out, the NFL doesn’t care much about character flaws and quarterbacks are still the hottest commodities in the draft, with everyone else coming second or third-best to them. So instead of facing further public mortification by trying to make a whole set of new predictions, I will be focusing on a more risk-free metric–intrigue. Specifically, the offseason storylines that are likely to shake up the 2015 College football betting odds and offer intrigue to you, our most-appreciated football enthusiasts. Enjoy!
Here are the Most Important 2015 NCAA Football Odds Offseason Stories and Moves
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Ohio State’s Quarterback Tri-lemma
Cardale Jones was Ohio state’s superstar in the playoffs, Braxton Miller (a two time Big 10 offensive player of the year) was due for a Heisman-winning year in 2014 before suffering a season-ending injury, and J.T. Barrett (who took over when Miller was injured), incredibly led the Buckeyes to an 11-1 mark, including school-record totals of 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards, despite starting just 12 games.
Evidently, all the three quarterbacks make a strong case for a starting role, but Urban Meyer has to choose one as the main starter, with the rest playing as backups. Considering all the three players are super-talented, whoever gets to win the starting job is bound to have a massive impact on the team’s quest to defend the national title, so instead of predicting who will get the job after we did that in our earlier articles, let’s just say–may the best candidate win the job!
Is Trevone Boykin for Real?
When one man is practically responsible for his team’s 12-1 record that includes a 42-3 bowl win over one of the best defensive units in the nation, 4,661 total yards and 42 total touchdowns in one season, you really have to question whether the guy is an alien or a machine because normal human beings don’t do such things. Unfortunately, those are not video-game numbers, and No, we did not have an alien invasion in college football, one man in the name of Trevone Boykin was responsible for all that in his 2014 season with TCU. Clearly, the potential of Boykin, currently a senior, is limitless, making him someone to watch in 2015, especially in the college football spread to win the 2015-16 Heisman Trophy.
Forget Marcus Mariota, Vernon Adams is Just as Good…
Losing 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to the NFL draft was a big deal. But does that mean the Ducks are done with swimming it deep and fastest in the Pac-12? Probably not, thanks to new transfer QB Vernon Adams. As a two-time Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, Adams was like the Boykin of small-division schools, throwing for a whopping 10,438 yards and110 touchdowns with a 64.8 percent pass-completion rate in his three seasons at Eastern Washington. Meanwhile his stellar athleticism allowed him to rush for 1,232 yards and 11 TDs in the three-year span. If Adams wins the starting job for the summer over Jeff Lockie (who finished spring as Oregon’s No. 1 quarterback), then there is a great likelihood that the Ducks will maintain the same fierceness they had in 2014.
Is Everett Golson the New Jameis Winston?
Scared of facing stiff competition from Notre Dame’s wonderkid Malik Zaire, Golson decided to transfer to Florida State for softer contention for a starting QB role. The first half of Golson’s 2014 season was great, the next half—totally forgettable. Which side of Golson will we see in FSU, assuming he wins the job? My guess.., both! But then again, maybe Jimbo Fisher, a so-called quarterback whisper, will speak some magic to Golson and make him as invincible as Winston. Either way, it should be an interesting scenario for the new transfer.
Jim Harbaugh, the New Wolverine in Town
Leaving the glamorous job of coaching in the NFL and stepping a ladder down to the world of college football takes real guts. And a lot of guts are what Harbaugh has brought to the Wolverines, a team whose toothlessness in the Big 10 has seen them starve of titles and wins. Don’t expect a Big Ten Championship for Michigan this year. As a matter of fact, don’t even expect a divisional title for the Wolverines. You can, however, expect Harbaugh to lead them to an improved record of around 7 or 8 regular-season wins and a bowl invitation in 2015, followed by better years of more success starting in the 2015-16 college football season.