While there were many online college football betting fans that weren’t happy with the final matchup for the BCS National Championship game in 2012, the bottom line is that the top two teams in the country were seeded to play one another for the chance to call themselves No. 1, and ultimately the better team won. The Alabama Crimson Tide won 11 of their 12 regular season games, with the only exception being a regular season date against LSU in which they lost in overtime only after missing four field goals. The Crimson Tide left no room for excuses with a dominating performance in the national title game, clinching their second title in three seasons. The SEC has dominated the BCS Championship picture the past few seasons, and there is little reason to think that will chance this coming season.
The defending national champion Alabama lost several key starters to the NFL, including most notably running back Trent Richardson, but quarterback AJ McCarron will be back under center and Dee Hart is back after missing all of last season with an ACL injury. The Crimson Tide should once again have one of the top-ranked defenses in the country, a staple under head coach Nick Saban, and with McCarron playing with one more Betonline year of experience, don’t expect Alabama to just give up its title.
The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same in the SEC, and that is surely the case at the top of the conference where it appears LSU will once again mount the biggest challenge to the Crimson Tide’s supremacy. The Tigers lose quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, but it could be a case of addition by subtraction as Zach Mettenberger may have the most talent from that per head group. The honey badger Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Sam Montgomery will be back to lead the defense, and perhaps most importantly, LSU will host Alabama in their regular season meeting this year.
While Georgia and Arkansas also have the potential to challenge for room in the national title picture, there is one team from outside the SEC that looks to be a legitimate college football betting odds contender this season. The USC Trojans suffered through a postseason ban that prevented them from playing in the PAC-12 Championship game a year ago, and very likely taking home that title, and the football team will be eager to make up for the missed opportunity this season. Potential No. 1 pick quarterback Matt Barkley opted to return to USC for one more season, and he could very well improve on last year’s numbers with two of the best wide receivers in the country. The Trojans are the most likely non-SEC team that will challenge for a national title, but once again it seems as though the road to the BCS Championship game will go through the sport’s most dominant conference, with the defending titleholder Alabama under the brightest spotlight.
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