Top Bets for the 2015 NCAA Betting Season

Posted by Alex Murphy on Monday,May 25, 2015 3:23, EST in

With the ink now dried up after the top players from the NCAAF signed new contracts in the NFL, the reality of losing key players is starting to sink in for most college football teams as they start preparing to make a run for the 2016 NCAA National Championship Odds. To get set for the upcoming NCAA Football season, the eventual College Football Playoff, and everything else that comes with it in the NCAA betting world, read on below for a breakdown of the top bets for the 2015 NCAAF betting season:

1. Odds to Win the 2015-16 NCAA National Championship

In the early 2016 College Football Playoff betting odds, the following teams have opened the college football betting lines as the top-5favorites:

• Ohio State 7/2
• Alabama 7/1
• TCU 10/1
• Auburn 12/1
• USC 14/1

Of the above favored teams, Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama (together with Florida State at 33/1) produced top-10 recruiting classes in the offseason, so they should all maintain their favored status. In addition, USC, UCLA, and Auburn also landed top recruits, hence are expected to be solid contenders in the upcoming season. Unfortunately for TCU, the team went into the recruiting market late and was not able to get decent additions to the team, with just one four-star recruit in cornerback DeShawn Raymond. According to ESPN, the Horned Frogs’ recruiting class ranked at No. 37, so the upcoming season is unlikely to be favorable for TCU, even if they have an offensive beast in QB Trevone Boykin.

With the incredible talent in Ohio State, Alabama, TCU, Auburn and USC, it is hard to see the title slip anywhere below the top-5 teams. Even so, Notre Dame (18/1) Clemson (22/1), Georgia (25/1), Michigan State (25/1) and Florida State are teams worth considered on the longshot odds, so you can make your pick on either of them accordingly.

2. Odds to win the NCAA Football Heisman Trophy

With several players (like Braxton Miller) still expected to transfer from their current teams, giving a clear analysis of the player poised to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy, particularly going by the 30-plus candidate shortlist for the award.

Nonetheless, going by last season’s performances, I would go with Ezekiel Elliott, Trevone Boykin, and Deshaun Watson as my top-5 favorites. Below is a list of the top-15 candidates and their odds, according to OddsShark, to win the trophy.

• Ezekiel Elliott (RB Ohio State) 6/1
• Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 7/1
• Trevone Boykin (QB TCU) 15/2
• Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) 8/1
• Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) 8/1
• Cardale Jones (QB Ohio State) 9/1
• Cody Kessler (QB USC) 12/1
• Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 14/1
• Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 14/1
• Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma) 16/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 20/1
• Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 20/1
• J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State) 20/1
• Jeremy Johnson (QB Auburn) 20/1
• Paul Perkins (RB UCLA) 20/1

 

A better analysis of the Heisman Trophy Candidates will be done once we have a clearer picture of the final team rosters for the 2015-2016 season. Other crucial bets for the 2015 NCAA Football season are the odds to win the 2015 conference titles. These include:

3. Odds to win the ACC title

• Clemson +250
• Florida State +300
• Georgia Tech +400
• Duke +800
• Louisville +800
• Virginia Tech +800
• NC State +1000
• Miami FL +1500
• Pittsburgh +1500
• North Carolina +2000
• Boston College +3000
• Virginia +3000
• Syracuse +6000
• Wake Forest +6000

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4. Odds to win the Big Ten title

• Ohio State -150
• Michigan State +300
• Wisconsin +800
• Nebraska +1100
• Minnesota +1200
• Michigan +1300
• Penn State +1700
• Iowa +2200
• Rutgers +2500
• Maryland +3000
• Northwestern +5500
• Illinois +6000
• Indiana +6000
• Purdue +8000

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5. Odds to win the Big 12 title

• TCU +200
• Baylor +225
• Oklahoma +500
• Oklahoma State +500
• Texas +800
• Kansas State +1000
• West Virginia +1300
• Texas Tech +1500
• Iowa State +2000
• Kansas +8000

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6. Odds to win the Pac-12 title

• Oregon +200
• UCLA +450
• USC +450
• Arizona +550
• Arizona State +600
• Stanford +600
• Utah +900
• California +2000
• Washington +3000
• Washington State +4000
• Oregon State +4000
• Colorado +6000

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7. Odds to win the SEC title

• Alabama +260
• Auburn +400
• Georgia +400
• Mississippi +420
• Tennessee +900
• LSU +1000
• Arkansas +1200
• Missouri +1300
• Mississippi State +1500
• Texas A&M +1500
• South Carolina +2500
• Florida +2500
• Kentucky +7500
• Vanderbilt +10000

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Like the Heisman Trophy Odds, the conference title odds are also dependent on a number of offseason developments, so we will do a conference-by-conference analysis once everything clears out.

If you are not a fan of betting on the NCAAF futures, the college betting lines for the first week of the NCAA Football season are out. Wagering on the SU, ATS and total lines of these games guarantees you a lot of fun and rewards as well. All in all, there is a lot of money to be made in the 2015 NCAA Football season, so be sure to stretch your betting appetite and bet to your fill.

Sources:

Ohiostatebuckeyes.com: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/braxton_miller_758495.htm
ESPN.com:  http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/194/ohio-state-buckeyes