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Oddsmakers jump on Tide bandwagon

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Throughout the offseason and in the week leading up to the start of the 2012 season, oddsmakers had pegged USC as the team most likely to walk away at the end of the year hoisting the crystal football.

The Trojans’ “upset” loss at the hands of Stanford over the weekend shook up the race for the BcS title, and also caused at least one gambling website to shift its focus to a team that’s been there, done that two of the past three years.

In the latest set of odds released by Bovada, Alabama, ranked No. 1 in both the coaches’ and Associated Press polls each of the last two weeks, is the prohibitive favorite to win the 2012 BcS championship, coming in at 19/10.  LSU currently sits at 7/2, up from 6/1 in the last set of numbers released in late August.  In fact, five of the 13 teams with the best odds per Bovada hail from the SEC.

USC, which had been a 3/1 favorite, tumbled to 12/1.  Ahead of the Trojans are Florida State (8/1), Oregon (9-1) and Georgia (11/1).

Arkansas entered the season with 25/1 odds to win claim the BcS title.  An embarrassing home loss to Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Monroe and a humiliating woodshedding at the hands of the Tide, however, have dropped the Razorbacks to 500/1.

Below is the complete set of BcS championship odds, courtesy of

Alabama 19/10
LSU 7/2
Florida State 8/1
Oregon 9/1
Georgia 11/1
USC 12/1
Oklahoma 15/1
West Virginia 20/1
Notre Dame 25/1
Stanford 25/1
South Carolina 28/1
Texas 30/1
Florida 30/1
Clemson 40/1
TCU 60/1
Cincinnati 75/1
Mississippi State 75/1
Michigan 80/1
Kansas State 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Nebraska 100/1
Oklahoma State 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
Louisville 100/1
Arizona 100/1
Wisconsin 125/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
BYU 150/1
UCLA 200/1
Missouri 300/1
Tennessee 300/1
Arkansas 500/1
Boise State 500/1
Georgia Tech 500/1
Miami (Florida) 500/1
Texas A&M 500/1

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8 Responses to “Oddsmakers jump on Tide bandwagon”
  1. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing already bought their Championship Game tix.

  2. normtide says: Sep 20, 2012 1:24 PM

    This is all well and fine, but means nothing. The games are played on the field.

  3. florida727 says: Sep 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    JT, people bet on football? Hmm…

    “normtide”, with all due respect, a modest correction: everyone knows games are not played on paper, they’re played inside television sets :)

  4. normtide says: Sep 20, 2012 2:36 PM

    I stand corrected 727. Note I know when my team loses, I can take the tv apart and tell at the little football players inside.

  5. normtide says: Sep 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    Yell, not tell. My phone needs to run the bleachers.

  6. Deb says: Sep 20, 2012 4:47 PM

    My understanding of odds is limited to making offhand comments such as “That’s a million to one shot.” Something like 19/10 or 7/2 is Greek to me (tip o’ the hat to the late Jimmy). But having the gamblers on my team’s side doesn’t warm my heart. They didn’t bring much luck to USC. I’m just glad Nick Saban will be out there nipping at the heels of players and yapping like a maniacal chiguagua at anyone who gives even a hint of looking overconfident.

  7. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 20, 2012 10:22 PM

    Not that I’m a gambler or anything like that (just because I’m Asian and all).. But to help simplify the odds for you;
    Example… When they say LSU is 7/2, basically it means, for every two dollars bets you make you would win $7..
    The first number, in dollar, is what you put up, the second number is what you would win.
    Like in blackjack, if you hit a blackjack, it pays 3/2 …, which means you win one and a half of what ever you bet… If you bet $2, you win what your bet is, which is $2 + half of your bet… Half of $2 is $1 $2 + +$1= $3 hence 3/2..
    So a 19/2 is, a $2 bets pays $19. Or if you bet $1 you would win half of 19, which is $9.50. And if you bet $3 you win $19 + 9.50 = $28.50
    Well I hope that simplified it for you.

  8. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:46 AM

    Why so many thumbs down for Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing? They are great fans and their the new face of Alabama sports! (tongue in cheek)

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