The college football season is less than two months away. Before long, players and coaches will gather at practice facilities for two-a-days under the scorching summer sun.
There are a number of things that lead to the success of a college football program. The program is not successful just because the coach is the best in the country or the team has the most talented players. There is a combination of different items that when brought together help make a winning team.
According to information from bookmakers Bovada and topbet, once again Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma and other top schools will battle it out for the national championship.
Size is an important facet of a college football program. The most successful conference in the nation, the SEC has players that weigh over 231 pounds on average. In the Big Ten they average 225 pounds, the Pac-12 226, the ACC 229 and the Big 12 226.
Alabama’s players are the heaviest in the country with an average weight of 246.75 pounds and they stand 6-foot-2. That weight average is 10 pounds more per player than the next closest opponent in the SEC the Missouri Tigers.
The team with the lightest average is Texas A&M at 226 pounds per player.
The speed of a team is vastly important to its success. The most top-end speed of any team in the nation is the Texas Longhorns. Texas has 11 senior players that have reported 40-yard times of less than 4.6.
A surprising second is Kansas with nine players with sub 4.6 40-yard dashes. Following the Jayhawks are Auburn and Louisville.
Future NFL talent is a good yardstick to measure á team’s success. The Florida State Seminoles have played 36 consecutive games in which they were favored and this season will likely be favored in each game on their regular season schedule.
One of the biggest reasons for that is the immense talent the Seminoles have on their roster. Betonline and sportsbooks.com show that 13 Seminoles players are considered part of the top NFL prospects for 2015.
The team with the next highest number is Georgia with 7. No other team in the ACC has over 3 players on the list.
Florida State will open the season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys that have just one player on that list.
Quarterbacks have become one of the most important players on a college football roster. Great examples of this are Jameis Winston from Florida State, Marcus Mariota from Oregon and Bryce Petty from Baylor.
Last season the three quarterbacks led their teams to a combined 28-12 against the spread record and all three should be first round picks when they enter the NFL draft.
One step below them are Connor Cook from Michigan State, Brett Hundley from UCLA and Sean Mannion from Oregon State.
It not is always about the talent however. Over the past three NCAA football seasons, favorites are 1,229-1212-36 ATS for a covering percentage of 50.34%.
For bettors to overcome the juice charge of -110 by sportsbooks and to earn a profit, a bettor has to win a minimum of 52.3% of his or her wagers.