Florida State Seminoles are heavy favorites to win the 2015 BCS National Championship
College football starts in two weeks, so we take a look at the most intriguing teams for next season. Don’t forget that next season will be the first to have a playoff system to determine the national champions instead of the BCS.
Florida State is currently at +300 to win the BCS National Championship for the second straight year at America’s Bookie.
The Seminoles will have most of their starters back, including quarterback Jameis Winston, who is at +200 to join Archie Griffin as the second-ever two-time Heisman Trophy winner at America’s Bookie.
Rashad Greene (who led the team in receiving yards) will return but they must find a replacement for Kelvin Benjamin, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the BCS National Championship Game. Florida State is a team to watch despite losing Benjamin and it will be interesting to see if Winston can duplicate his numbers from last season.
Other short odds to win the 2015 BCS National Championship are Alabama (+550), Oregon (+700) and Ohio State (+950).
Last year the Crimson Tide finished the regular season 11-1, which was a disappointment considering that they had won three of the last four national titles prior to losing out on the SEC title and falling in the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma last year. Alabama is riding a highly unusual two-game losing streak and they have to figure out whether Florida State transfer Jacob Coker or senior Blake Sims will replace graduated AJ McCarron at quarterback.
Marcus Mariota will return for his senior season at Oregon along with all five starters from last year’s offensive line, which makes them a competitive team next season. Oregon did lose wide receiver Josh Huff and running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and they will face a major test early on, hosting Michigan State and visiting UCLA before welcoming Stanford.
The Ohio State Buckeyes almost won the Big Ten, losing to the Michigan State Spartans in the conference title game. Ohio State went 24-0 under Urban Meyer prior to that loss and they followed that up with a 40-35 setback against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Ohio State’s schedule is accessible and there’s no reason not to think they can’t compete for another Big Ten championship and potentially more.
Becoming BCS National Champions next season will not be easy, as the teams will need to win one extra game with college football ditching the BCS for a four-team playoff.
Below are the complete odds to win the 2015 BCS National Championship at America’s Bookie:
Arizona State +3000
Boise State +20000
Boston College +35000
Florida State +300
Georgia Tech +20000
Kansas State +5500
Michigan State +2000
Mississippi State +8500
North Carolina +8500
Notre Dame +5000
Ohio State +950
Oklahoma State +4500
Ole Miss +3500
Oregon State +10000
South Carolina +4500
Texas A&M +5500
Texas Tech +10000
Virginia Tech +8500
West Virginia +12500