A Look at 2015 NCAA Football Odds Preseason Rankings

Posted by Alex Murphy on July 17, 2015 in

We are still a couple of months away from the start of the college football betting season, but the debates have already begun as to which teams will be competing for a playoff spot this season. There are power rankings to be found all over the place, but the one that I tend to look at can be found over at ESPN. That is what I will be referring to when I talk about the rankings of the teams ahead of the season.

Breaking Down the 2015 NCAA Football Odds Preseason Rankings

It’s no real surprise to see defending champions Ohio State listed at number 1. No matter what you think of Urban Meyer or the alleged lack of strength of the Big 10, they are the top team until someone knocks them off. Funnily enough, that may come in Week 1, as they have a very tough game with Virginia Tech to look forward to.

Alabama Crimson Tide, Come on Down

As is always the case, the SEC is once again dominating the scene, with no less than ten teams in the Top 25. Alabama are at number 2, which is where most people would agree that they belong. There are a couple of surprises here, though, starting with LSU at number 4. I would have thought that this might have been a better spot for Auburn, but they are all the way down at number 18.

TCU and Baylor Want In

At number 3 on this list is TCU, which is where many people believe they should have finished last season. There is still the feeling that the Horned Frogs were very hard done by last season, with Ohio State “stealing” the spot that they deserved. They are the pick of the Big 12 again this year, but they are likely going to have to get past Baylor if they are to make it to the playoffs. The Bears are tucked in at number 5 on the list, and it’s almost certain that only one of these two teams will be alive when the playoffs begin.

The Best of the Rest

There are a few more teams to keep an eye on in the top 10 this season, Oregon (#6) are always an offensive juggernaut, and should be there or thereabouts at the end. Also keep an eye on Georgia at number 8. They have a running game that is sure to wear down many opponents. They have a question mark at QB, but with Nick Chubb pounding the rocks, whoever starts may be just handing the ball off anyways.