With college football just over a month away, and the anticipation gearing up for opening weekend, Las Vegas has debuted their betting lines on the over/under total for wins for the six BCS Conferences as well as prominent players in the mid-major conferences from a year ago. Alabama claimed the national championship last college football season to continue the Southeastern Conference’s reign over the BCS for the last five years.
Looking ahead to the 2010-11 NCAA Football season, there is a lot of parity among oddsmakers as to who they believe will win the most amount of games this year.
College Football on the whole has endured quite the off-season, with what was potential for a seismic shift in the conference landscape and the elimination of the Big 12 conference. However, that ultimately did not come to pass, but some changes did occur such as Colorado leaving the Big 12 for the Pac 10 and Nebraska also departing the Big 12 for the Big 10 conference.
Entering the 2010-11 College Football Season many story-lines have come to pass and others will develop. Alabama will embark on the difficult journey of repeating their title while Southern Cal will not be eligible for a Bowl or be ranked in the Coaches Poll due to NCAA infractions. Still, beginning opening weekend on September 4, top collegiate athletes around the college football landscape will take to the field in hopes of achieving the ultimate goal.
Beginning with the Crimson Tide, oddsmakers have established the over/under win total for the defending champion at 10 win on the season. The Tide return Heisman Trophy winner in running back Mark Ingram who will be a rising Junior. Head coach Nick Saban needed just three seasons in Tuscaloosa to turn around a team in dismay, into a national champion.
Alabama’s opponent in the BCS Title game from last season, Texas, is predicted to have another solid season, as they have become accustomed to under Mac Brown. Oddsmakers believe that Texas will be close to winning double-digit games this season, having installed them with an over/under at 10 wins.
The Florida Gators will begin life after Tim Tebow, and implement John Brantley into the starting role at the quarterback position. In spite of losing the Heisman Trophy Winner and arguably the best college football player in recent memory, the Gator are not expected to fall off the map, and remain the favorite to win the SEC East, with the over/under win total established a 10 for the Gators.
Just under the Gators in the East are the Georgia Bulldogs, who have endured quite the tumultuous off-season off-the-field with the resignation of Athletic Director Damon Evans following a DUI arrest, and the dismissal of quarterback Zach Mettenberger. That will leave Georgia with redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray to lead the Bulldogs. Murray was a very highly touted recruit and sat out a year learning the offense behind Joe Cox last season.
Elsewhere around the country in the ACC, the Jimbo Fisher era will get underway in Tallahassee as the Bowden era closed. The Seminoles over/under win total is sitting at eight. Florida State will travel to Big-12 country in the second week of the year to face the Oklahoma Sooners is what will be a huge out-of-conference match up.
While the focus of college football usually goes to the six BCS conferences, the highest over/under win total of all FBS Football goes to the TCU Horned Frogs, who posted a record of 12-1 last season. Oddsmakers have installed the Horned Frogs over/under win total at 10 1/2 on Online Sportsbooks.