The college football season came to wraps a few weeks ago, where we saw Alabama knock off Clemson in a shootout (45-40). This year we’ll see many of the same teams we saw last year competing for the title once again at the top of the rankings. Clemson is likely to return as a top contender, and although Alabama is losing a lot of players, they’re still heavily favored as well. Other top teams like Ohio State, Michigan State, Baylor, and Oklahoma will all be returning as well with top-heavy teams. Here are a few teams that might surprise fans or online sportsbooks like MyBookie this college football season.
#1: Ohio State:
It’s no surprise, but I think Ohio State should be one of the most favored teams in all of college football. The Buckeyes are coming off a season where they struggled a bit, but still ended up winning their bowl game against Michigan in dominant fashion. This year their quarterback woes should be figured out, and their defense should still be one of the best in the nation. Expect Ohio State to once again compete with the top teams in CFB, despite their odds of 15-1 to win the championship right now.
Michigan looked like a championship team, aside from their two big losses, one of which was on a punt at the end of a game against the Spartans, and of course their crazy loss to Ohio State in the last game of the year. Jim Harbaugh is an amazing coach – we can all acknowledge that. This team is going to be coming back to the top of the Big Ten yet again this year. If they can manhandle Ohio State, I think they can win the championship outright. Finding that perfect Big 10 team is difficult, but Michigan or Ohio State is a great bet at 15-1 to win the title.
Clemson is the current favorite by oddsmakers to win the title, at 6-1, and there’s good reason for the odds to be set so high. Deshaun Watson is coming back and will be better than ever. They aren’t losing any major players, and a few new recruits will be joining the Tigers. Deshaun Watson recently mentioned that he thinks the Tigers will be back. He hasn’t backed out on any guarantees yet! Expect Clemson to be a serious competitor this season, despite the negativity some fans are showing.
Here’s a real longshot that might surprise a lot of fans. They had a terrible year in 2015, going 9-4 and losing in the Alamo Bowl 47-41. They had huge bright spots throughout the year though – when they shone, they really looked great. I think the Ducks can be serious contenders this next year, and they also have some intriguing prospects coming in, and aren’t really losing any huge play makers. If their offense can click like they were towards the end of the year in 2015, their odds at 30-1 look crazy.