The confetti from Monday night’s College Football Championship Game hasn’t even fallen to the ground yet and already we are looking ahead to who the tops teams in college football will for the 2015 season.
Below, you will find the latest odds on the teams favored as well as a reason why I think they could win the title and a reason why I think couldn’t.
Ohio State 5/1 -Why? Because regardless of who starts at QB they will have a solid playmaker. Why Not? Hangover. Will the hunger be there for another title run?
TCU 15/2 -Why? They have 10 starters back on a prolific offense including their QB. Why Not? They are clearly in the crosshairs now of every opponent.
Alabama 9/1 – Why? It’s Nick Saban and the cupboard is far from bare. Why Not? Who steps in at QB to replace Blake Sims?
Baylor 14/1 – Why? The Bears bring a lot of guys back and Art Briles has proven he can flat-out coach. Why Not? Bryce Petty is off to the NFL and a step down is only natural to project.
Auburn 18/1 – Why? The addition of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator will bring added stock to the defense. Why Not? Nick Marshall moves on and can his replacement be as good at QB?
Oregon 16/1 – Why? Why Not? New QB and trips to East Lansing, Seattle, Tempe and Stanford await.
Michigan State 16/1 – Why? Why Not? Home date with Oregon plus trips to Ann Arbor, Lincoln and Columbus.
USC 18/1 – Why? The Trojans should have more depth this season and QB Cody Kessler returns. Why Not? Trips to Tempe, South Bend and Eugene will not be easy.
LSU 18/1 – Why? Les Miles returns a lot of guys who will have valuable experience and provide depth. Why Not? Simply put, it’s quarterback play. It has to be better.
Florida State 20/1 – Why? It’s the ACC and the Seminoles will reload. Why Not? The loss of Jameis Winston and Rashard Greene may be too much to replace.
Notre Dame 20/1 – Why? The Irish have a lot of guys back and will ride the wave of a bowl win. Why Not? The schedule is daunting with Texas, Georgia Tech, and USC at home and road games at Clemson and Stanford.
Oklahoma 20/1 – Why? Bob Stoops always has good recruiting classes so the cupboard is full. Why Not? Will the QB play improve and can Stoops shake off a couple of regular seasons?
Clemson 25/1 – Why? This could finally be the year the Tigers get past the Seminoles and their huge bowl win provides great momentum. Why Not? Clemson always seems to slip up where it shouldn’t. Can they avoid that?
Georgia 25/1 – Why? The SEC East is still struggling and can be had by the Bulldogs who have many players back. Why Not? It’s Mark Richt! He hasn’t gotten over the hump to this point so why would I expect any different?
Long Shots I Love
Georgia Tech 50/1 – The defense has improved and the offense is a royal pain in the rear to prepare for and defend.
Penn State 100/1 – James Franklin has a very good QB returning and his recruiting class is among the top in the country.