A sportsbooks review of the 2011-12 college football season would tell you that it was always going to come down to a rematch between SEC powers Alabama and LSU in the BCS title game, and the Crimson Tide got their revenge for a 9-6 overtime loss in November with a 21-0 trouncing of the Tigers in the big one. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the two are at the top of the list when it comes to the favorites for next season, and they’re joined by a team that is ready to do big things.
USC (+400) could be a popular pick among price per head sportsbook customers as they are in the running for a national championship for the first time since Matt Barkley was a freshman due to NCAA violations; now, Barkley is a senior and will be a favorite for the Heisman. With Barkley leading the way, the Trojans should have one of the best offenses in the country, which would set up nicely for a championship meeting with LSU (+400) or Alabama (+500). Both defenses continue to be near the top in the country, and the Tigers don’t have as tough a schedule as they usually do. They also have a quarterback in Zach Mettenberger that can at least keep the opposition honest, which is something they haven’t been able to do with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. A.J. McCarron showed that he could throw the ball down the field and while many are saying Alabama’s defense will take a step backwards, most online college football betting sharps know that you can never count out a defense led by head coach Nick Saban and his right-hand man, Kirby Smart.
The top three have separated themselves from the rest of the pack as Oregon (+1000), Oklahoma (+1000), Florida State (+1350) and Georgia (+1800) are next, and the Bulldogs are one to watch as they should control the SEC East, which will set up a meeting with either LSU or Alabama in the West for the conference title. The Seminoles should be able to roll through the ACC as their highly-touted recruiting classes are coming into their own, the Ducks are on a collision course with USC in the Pac-12 and the Sooners should capture the Big 12. College football betting players probably won’t go further out of this group of teams when trying to consider darkhorses and really, there is likely only one spot left at the top.
Teams are still working out and coaches are making their decisions based off spring practice, so there could be even more changes to online sportsbook odds.