The odds to win the conference titles in the Power-5 leagues did not change much over the summer. However, once the results arrived, the odds set by the sportsbook changed.
SEC powerhouses Georgia and Alabama, Big Ten heavyweights Ohio St. and Michigan St., and ACC favorite Clemson continue to be the teams to beat in their conferences. However, there have been teams heading in opposite directions.
This is a perfect time to revisit the odds in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and Southeastern Conference.
Seminoles Making A Move
Before the season started, seven teams had better odds to win the ACC title than Florida St.
With the Seminoles off to a 4-0 start, FSU is suddenly listed by the college football picks as the No. 4 choice to win the conference title at +800.
Despite an injury scare, quarterback Jordan Travis is leading the way.
Jordan Travis: 89.0 PFF Grade while under pressure
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The two teams picked to finish at the bottom of the ACC standings have also made quite the move.
Entering the season, one needed a search party to find the title chances of Syracuse and Duke.
Syracuse plummeted in value (+20000 to +4000), while Duke’s ACC championship odds are now priced at +10000, that off a preseason number of +75000.
ACC Finalists Take a Tumble
So, after Pittsburgh and Wake Forest made surprising runs to the ACC title game in 2021, both teams received love heading into this season.
The Panthers and Demon Deacons started as fourth and fifth favorites, respectively, to win the title.
It is a different story now, as Pitt’s odds increased (+850 to +1400), while Wake Forest’s number is more than doubled to +3300, that after starting at +1600.
Rush to Gopher Glory
With the transfer of its top two rushers off the 2021 team, Minnesota was pretty much an afterthought when it came to Big Ten championship odds.
Gophers were tied for eighth (+2500), but with Mohamed Ibrahim back from injury and looking better than ever, Minnesota is off to a 4-0 start. Suddenly, only perennial stalwarts Ohio St. and Michigan have lower odds to win the conference than Minnesota’s +900 proposition.
A Disappointing Duo in Huskers, Spartans
Nebraska was a popular dark-horse candidate to make some noise in the Big Ten when it came to college football predictions. However, after being priced at +1800 to win the conference championship, the Huskers’ early-season struggles cost coach Scott Frost that job. Now Nebraska’s odds are at +17500, nearly 10 times higher than its opener.
Michigan St. is also at +17500, that after beginning the season priced at +2500.
There’s No Place Like Kansas
It’s a good time to be a college football fan in the state of Kansas.
Kansas is off to a 4-0 start, while 3-1 Kansas St. is fresh off a stunning win at Oklahoma. Exactly who saw this coming?
So, after some strong play early in the season, the Jayhawks and Wildcats are climbing the pecking order in the Big 12 conference.
Kansas was the longest shot on the board to win the Big 12 title (+25000). It now sits tied as seventh-choice at +1600.
Kansas St. went fifth-to-third in odds to win the title, what was +1000 is now +375.
Longhorns Losing Support
Texas was nipping at the heels of the favored Oklahoma Sooners when the season began. Oklahoma was at +200, Texas at +250 on the board. A pair of early losses find the Longhorns now at +800. Iowa St. is the other team that’s lost wagering friends (+1600 to +4000).
Huskies Have Plenty of Bite
Washington was well behind the favored trio of Southern California, Utah and Oregon in odds to take the Pac-12 title. That was before the season started. While the Huskies have not caught the Trojans, Utes and Ducks, that might be happening rather soon.
Priced at +1400 back in August, 4-0 Washington is now +600, though the only somewhat surprising result was an 11-point home win against Michigan St.
Utah, the defending champion, trailed USC in title odds at the outset of the season. Now, the Utes (+160) are just ahead of the Trojans (+175) in the wagering.
There’s No Love in Westwood
The message is pretty clear looking at college football lines. That message is observers are pretty underwhelmed by the schedule UCLA put together. Wins against Bowling Green, Alabama State and South Alabama, then Pac-12 doormat Colorado didn’t impress. UCLA’s odds to win the conference have more than doubled (+850 to +1800).
Arizona St., which bounced coach Herm Edwards after a tough start, is only ahead of Colorado in the odds. It was quite a move (+3000 to +25000) in a span of four games.
Dawgs in Familiar Spot
Watching five members of a dominating defense go in the first round of the draft, defending national champ Georgia opened behind Alabama in the odds to win the SEC.
Georgia’s still showing plenty of bite/ Despite losing so many standouts to the NFL, Bulldogs decreased (+150 to -110), meaning the Dawgs have the same less-than-even-money, match-race odds as the Crimson Tide. Many of those who bet online obviously haven’t discounted the possibility of UGA winning the title once again..
Tennessee is another team trending in a positive direction thus far (+4000 to +2200), as the Volunteers are tied with Texas A&M for the third-best odds to win the SEC.
Those Toothless Gators
Florida opened the season with a new coach in Billy Napier, and tied as the fourth-best SEC chance at +4000. However, losses to Kentucky and Tennessee changed all of that. The Later Gators have seen their odds swell to +25000.
There will be opportunities in Gainesville, however, if the team can find a way against some challenging conference foes.