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2014 College Football Championship odds favor Alabama, FSU; Irish, U-M 50/1

Saban will be without his go to guy  AJ McCarron this season.
Saban will be without his go to guy AJ McCarron this season.
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With August right around the corner, it is just a matter of time before the 2014 college football season kicks-off and the chase for this year’s NCAA Championship begins. With the BCS system finally behind us, and a new playoff format intact for the 2014 campaign, fans can’t wait for this season to get underway.

According to a Fansided report on July 24, the defending champion Florida State Seminoles along with the Alabama Crimson Tide are the early favorites to win this season’s title. Alabama the favorite? Really? The Tide have rolled their way to winning three of the last five championships, however, making them the favorites to win it this season after losing a stud QB in AJ Mccarron seems like a stretch.

While all eyes may be on defending champs and the always tough SEC conference, the hottest team in college football the final month of last season was the Michigan State Spartans.

The Spartans are returning nine starters on offense and six on defense from their Rose Bowl winning team and are poised to be the big boys in the Big Ten in 2014.. Last season MSU boasted the best defense in the Big Ten and one of the best in the country, but can they keep it up after the loss of a few key players – including cornerback Darqueze Dennard who will now suit up on Sundays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Some of the biggest drops on the Vegas odds board during the summer off-season include Oklahoma State, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Boise State. OSU open at 40/1 and currently sits at 150/1, while BC, and Tech both opened at 100/1 and are now at a whopping 500/1.

Here is a look at the current odds to win this year’s National Championship thanks to CBS Sports. The first set of odds are what each team opened at, while the second set is where they stand currently.

  1. Alabama (13/2 to 11/2)
  2. Florida State (11/2 to 11/2)
  3. Oregon (12/1 to 7/1)
  4. Oklahoma (20/1 to 9/1)
  5. Auburn (14/1 to 10/1)
  6. Ohio State (10/1 to 12/1)
  7. UCLA (25/1 to 14/1)
  8. Georgia (25/1 to 18/1)
  9. LSU (25/1 to 20/1)
  10. Michigan State (20/1 to 25/1)
  11. USC (33/1 to 25/1)
  12. Baylor (25/1 to 28/1)
  13. Florida (25/1 to 33/1)
  14. South Carolina (25/1 to 33/1)
  15. Stanford (9/1 to 33/1)
  16. Wisconsin (40/1 to 33/1)
  17. Mississippi (66/1 to 40/1)
  18. Michigan (50/1 to 50/1)
  19. Notre Dame (33/1 to 50/1)
  20. Texas (50/1 to 50/1)
  21. Clemson (25/1 to 66/1)
  22. Missouri (40/1 to 66/1)
  23. Nebraska (50/1 to 66/1)
  24. Texas A&M (25/1 to 66/1)
  25. Arizona (100/1 to 100/1)
  26. Arizona State (66/1 to 100/1)
  27. Iowa (40/1 to 100/1)
  28. Kansas State (100/1 to 100/1)
  29. Louisville (50/1 to 100/1)
  30. Miami (50/1 to 100/1)
  31. North Carolina (50/1 to 100/1)
  32. Washington (66/1 to 100/1)
  33. BYU (100/1 to 150/1)
  34. Mississippi State (100/1 to 150/1)
  35. Oklahoma State (40/1 to 150/1)
  36. Tennessee (100/1 to 150/1)
  37. Virginia Tech (100/1 to 150/1)
  38. TCU (100/1 to 200/1)
  39. Texas Tech (Off the Board to 200/1)
  40. Cincinnati (100/1 to 250/1)
  41. Arkansas (100/1 to 300/1)
  42. Boise State (100/1 to 300/1)
  43. West Virginia (100/1 to 300/1)
  44. Boston College (100/1 to 500/1)
  45. Georgia Tech (100/1 to 500/1)
  46. Oregon State (66/1 to 500/1)
  47. Pittsburgh (100/1 to 500/1)
  48. South Florida (100/1 to 500/1)
  49. UCF (Off the Board to 500/1)
  50. California (100/1 to 1000/1)
  51. Rutgers (100/1 to 1000/1)