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Early returns: Bettors like Sooners, no Auburn repeat

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We are just three days removed from Auburn’s scintillating last-second win over Oregon in the national title game, and already the focus is squarely on the 2011 season.

Specifically, who’s likely to end the 2011 season hoisting the BcS crystal.

As far as is concerned, the Tigers won’t be going back-to-back when it’s all said and done.  And the folks in Norman should be expecting big things early in the next new year.

According to the sports gambling website, Auburn’s odds for winning the 2012 BcS national championship have been initially set at 50/1, the same odds as Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Georgia.  Presumably, those odds for the Tigers reflect the presumption that Cam Newton will be leaving The Plains for the NFL; that decision has to be made by Saturday, so those odds could change rather dramatically depending on which direction the Heisman Trophy winner chooses for his football future.

Conversely, the betting site really likes Oklahoma to rise to the top once again.  The Sooners are the favorites to win the ’12 title at 7/2, followed by Alabama (15/2), Florida State (10/1), Boise State (12/1) and LSU (12/1).

The field is listed at 10/1.

Interestingly, unranked teams Penn State and Texas have been given the same early odds (20/1) as season-ending top-five schools TCU and Ohio State.

If you’re looking for the longest of longshots, latch on to Kansas State, Boston College or UCLA; those three schools all come in at 150/1.

For the complete list of early BcS title odds, click HERE.

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7 Responses to “Early returns: Bettors like Sooners, no Auburn repeat”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jan 13, 2011 2:28 PM

    Auburn may not repeat, but betters are wasting their money. With 5 BCS championships coming from the SEC the past 5 years, and 6 of the last 8, etc. The SEC champ is the BCS national champ. Betters are wasting their money, betting against the trend and the reality. Gamblers are like that. This year Texas A & M beat OK and NB and LSU beat A & M. Next year it will be LSU, Alabama or another SEC team. Bet on that and win some money!

  2. cubano76 says: Jan 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    I’m putting my money on Maryland!


  3. gotta keep my mouth shut says: Jan 13, 2011 3:11 PM

    this maybe a dumb question, but what does “the field” mean? I assume that means the rest of the schools not listed, but why would they be 10/1 odds

  4. gorilladunk says: Jan 13, 2011 4:01 PM

    @gotta…the field is at 10/1 because the statistical odds of any one of 115 teams winning the title are greater than picking a specific champion. Gambling is really nothing more than statistical analysis and sports betting is statistical analysis plus popularity and recognition.

  5. gamecockinfl says: Jan 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    odds, smods. The SEC has too much power not to win another.

  6. florida727 says: Jan 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    I’ll take Florida at 15-to-1 for a grand, Alex…

  7. gotta keep my mouth shut says: Jan 13, 2011 8:15 PM

    oh cool, thanks gorilladunk

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