The 2013 NCAA football season has come to close for another year after an incredible final BCS Championship Game was won by Florida State 34-31 on a last second touchdown pass by Heisman Trophy holder Jameis Winston.
Within 24 hours of the crystal bowl trophy being handed to the Florida State players and coaches, sportsbooks such as Bovada, betonline, sportsbook.com and topbet had already released their opening odds for the winner of the first College Football Playoff.
It is not surprising that the team at the top of the list is the new national champion the Florida State Seminoles. With Winston returning to play another season, the Seminoles are at the head of the class with just less than 8 months before the opening kickoff.
The Seminoles have been listed as the odds on favorite for another national title with futures sitting on 5 to 2. The new system to determine the national champion is known as the College Football Playoff and consists of four teams. The new format replaces the BCS that was in place for 16 years.
The final game of the four-team tournament will determine the national champion with the title game being played in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium home of the Dallas Cowboys on January 12, 2015.
Auburn, who was just 79 seconds from a national title on Monday night, is tied for sixth in the odds at 20 to 1 to win the national title. Tre Mason, the team’s talented running back who ran for 195 yards in the title game on Monday, has not announced if he will return for another season at Auburn.
However, most insiders believe the rest of Auburn’s offense will return. On defense, some players are graduating, but with their depth, they should find sound replacements.
Alabama sat atop the futures boards for college football most of this past season trailed closely by Oregon. Those two schools are tied for second in the new futures for next season at 5 to 1.
The Crimson Tide has not been used to a longer price like 5 to 1, but head coach Nick Saban will have to work hard to find a quarterback to replace four-year starter A.J. McCarron. Rounding out the top 5 on the new futures board for college football are the Oklahoma Sooners and Ohio State Buckeyes both at 12 to 1.
Top Ten Odds for 2015 National Champion
Florida State 5-2
Ohio State 12-1
Michigan State 25-1