College Football Betting: Countdown To Opening Weekend Continues
|Written by Andrew Scofield|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:48|
It seems like forever since college football betting fans celebrated the Alabama Crimson Tide as national champions following their win over the LSU Tigers in the BCS Championship game eight months ago. A lot has happened since then to make it feel that way. From the Joe Sandusky fallout at Penn State, to the fall from grace of Bobby Petrino at Arkansas that would have gotten a lot more attention if it wasn’t for the former, to the recent dismissal of the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu at LSU, it has been a tumultuous offseason like none we have ever seen before. That said, the college football season is just two weeks away, and it couldn’t get here sooner.
While the SEC has dominated the national title picture the last six seasons, it is somewhat refreshing to see a school from outside of that conference being talked about as a legitimate BCS championship sportsbook contender. The USC Trojans return to the national stage after two years of sanctions, and with senior quarterback Matt Barkley leading what is expected to be an absolutely dominant offense, it will be fun to see what the leaders of the PAC-12 have in store after Oregon failed to get the job done against Auburn two years ago.
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The defending national champs will have something to say about that, and should have a chip on their collective shoulders after opening up at No. 2 in the preseason poll behind LSU. The Crimson Tide certainly lost a ton of talent to the NFL draft, but that is what happens every year in the SEC, with new talent coming in to fill the vacant holes. Alabama has quarterback AJ McCarron back under center and a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, and after a letdown two Betonline years ago head coach Nick Saban will have his troops ready and motivated to defend their national title.
Losing a Heisman trophy finalist at the cornerback spot should be a big deal for any school, but it just seems as though Les Miles and the Tigers simply couldn’t be bothered at this point. The loss to ‘Bama in what could have been a year for the ages still stings, but the focus at LSU now is on moving forward and doing what it takes to win that elusive national title regardless of who is on board and who is not. Mathieu was one of the best player’s in college football last season regardless of position and that is saying a lot about a corner, but as many online bookies agree, the Tigers will be fine without him.
Outside of the big three, Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, and Florida State are all expected to make some noise early on, with Michigan, South Carolina, and Arkansas filling out the remainder of the preseason top-10. Week one of the college football season will feature some highly anticipated matchups including as the Wolverines and Crimson Tide clashing opening Saturday at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, the first real opportunity for college football to put a terrible offseason where it belongs. For all of the updated college football odds, make sure to check out the best online betting sites.