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Alabama the early betting favorite for 2013 BCS title

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As I explained in the 2013 look ahead posted very early this morning, there was no way I could justify anyone but Alabama at the top of a way-too-early Top Five for the 2013 season after they took Notre Dame to the woodshed.

Not so unexpectedly, one wagering website agrees.

In the first odds for the upcoming season released by, Alabama at 5/1 is the prohibitive favorite to claim the 2013 BCS championship.  For reference sake, Oklahoma was the early favorite at 7/2 last January for the 2012 BCS title, followed by the Tide at 15/2.

This year, it’s Oregon next in line behind the back-to-back BCS champs at 8/1 and Ohio State, coming off an unbeaten season mitigated by a one-year bowl ban, hot on the heels of the Ducks at 17/2.

As expected, the first set of 2013 odds is littered with teams from the SEC.  Both LSU (too high) and Texas A&M (too low) are at 12/1, while Florida, along with the ACC’s Florida State, is at 14/1.  South Carolina and Georgia, winner of the past two SEC East titles, are at 25/1 and 28/1, respectively.

One of the bigger surprises in the early odds release — and one that if I were a gambling man you can bet I’d be all over — concerns Stanford.  The Pac-12 champions, winners of 12 games in 2012 including the Rose Bowl, inexplicably came in at 30/1, behind the likes of Miami (25/1) and Nebraska (28/1).

If you are looking for really deep dark horses that could reap a tremendous return, Boston College, Cal and USF are each at 300/1.  Get in while the gettin’ is good!

Anyway, below is the complete set of odds, again provided by

Alabama 5/1
Oregon 8/1
Ohio State 17/2
LSU 12/1
Texas A&M 12/1
Florida 14/1
Florida State 14/1
Clemson 22/1
Louisville 22/1
Notre Dame 22/1
Miami 25/1
Oklahoma 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Georgia 28/1
Nebraska 28/1
Stanford 30/1
Texas 30/1
Michigan 33/1
USC 33/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
UCLA 40/1
Mississippi State 50/1
Wisconsin 50/1
TCU 66/1
Virginia Tech 66/1
Boise State 75/1
Michigan State 75/1
North Carolina 75/1
Oregon State 75/1
Arkansas 100/1
Arizona 100/1
Kansas State 100/1
Rutgers 100/1
Tennessee 100/1
Washington 100/1
Cincinnati 125/1
BYU 150/1
Pittsburgh 150/1
West Virginia 150/1
Auburn 200/1
Georgia Tech 200/1
Iowa 200/1
Missouri 250/1
Boston College 300/1
California 300/1
South Florida 300/1

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20 Responses to “Alabama the early betting favorite for 2013 BCS title”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 12:52 PM

    A&M at 12/1….. That might just price me in… I might have to put money on that….

  2. thegamecocker says: Jan 8, 2013 1:03 PM

    South Carolina has beaten Clemson 4 straight years and you have them at 22/1 and Carolina at 25/1. Clowney, Shaw, Thompson, and a bevy of talent are back at USCe and yet Clemson is continued to be ahead of Carolina as a pre-season pick to win a NC. Ya know what? That is BS and so is this information. GTH! The Gamecocker

  3. no14mike says: Jan 8, 2013 1:05 PM


    Part of the difference is because of the talent levels of the lolACC compared to the SEC. Stop being such a homer.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    Texas at 30/1? In your dreams. A&M at 12/1 – I’d take that.

  5. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says: Jan 8, 2013 1:15 PM

    Where are the odds for us to bet on conferences?

  6. planck16 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:23 PM


    That is your monkey immediate gratification little brother mentality showing.

    Your SEC schedule is tougher and the oddsmakers know that you have to beat Florida and Georgia to even get to the SEC Championship Game. Then you got to beat Alabama, LSU, etc to even get to the NC game. That alone puts you against the Odds. With one loss, good chance another SEC team is ranked higher. And you lost your best offensive player

    Clemson can win a weaker ACC, and wins over UGA and USuCk could put them in with an ACC championship.

    You bang your chest about your tough schedule but you are crying over odds that make it harder to win a NC because of your tough schedule.

    Worry about USuCk and beating Bama, not Clemson.

    Now go back to changing tires!

  7. thegamecocker says: Jan 8, 2013 1:35 PM


    You’re such an A-holic. If we don’t have a chance against any of our SEC brothers, what makes you think Clemson does? It eats Clemson’s heart-out that we now rule over them. Now go back down to your Mama’s basement and play video games. And make sure you get down to unemployment and sign-up. What a jack-weed you are. Beating Clemson makes our season….now get lost.

  8. planck16 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:47 PM

    Hence you are 25:1 because you focus on Clemson and Georgia and not any team in the SEC West. Focus on winning your conference and you too can have what Clemson has and you don’t. A National Championship.

    Unlike USuCk fans, Clemson fans don’t obsess with the enemy. Congrats on your 4 year run, it is impressive and you should cherish it just like the 8-2 record I do in the 10 years I lived in South Carolina. I am a big boy, I can take my whoopins. But I guarantee you I will see more Wins than you ever will. So enjoy them, congrats, I am sure it made Christmas easier since your ex-wife had the kids this year.

    Now, put your iPod touch down that you use as a computer and go back to making your meth in your trailor with your mom, ex-wife, current girlfriend, and 4 kids watching Gator Boys.

  9. planck16 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    Beating Clemson didn’t make your season, losing to Florida and LSU made your season and you Outback Champs.

  10. v2rotate says: Jan 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    aggy 12-1 lol!

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    ^ Haters gonna hate….

  12. thegamecocker says: Jan 8, 2013 2:53 PM


    You may have more wins, but they won’t be agains South Carolina. And Clemson sure as hell won’t have the payouts we have. Some of your comments do make me laugh though. Now head back to the basement because Momma is looking for your road kill so you can eat again. Goodbye! And beating Clemson does make my day.

  13. no14mike says: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    I’m sorry that beating Clemson makes your whole season. Very sorry.

  14. overratedgators says: Jan 8, 2013 3:34 PM

    Reaction from South Florida:

  15. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:58 AM

    Trust me Texas A&M will not be in the SEC championship game anytime soon as long as Alabama and LSU is in the west. Kevin Sumlin is a great offensive mind but that that’s where it stops. Teams in the SEC now knows that offense. Next year will be different MARK MY WORK. Johnny Longnose is a fluck

  16. tide4life says: Jan 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    TAMU, UA, UG, LSU . . . even if The Tide slips off the throne, it’s gonna be a great season in the SEC. Other conferences want to reign, send someone to the BCSNCG who can win. The SEC looks forward to the playoff system, and the expanded system which will surely follow.
    Can’t wait for August!

  17. florida727 says: Jan 10, 2013 10:49 AM

    #thaoption1, just an FYI so next time you can actually come across as intelligent: 1) the phrase is mark my WORDS, not WORK, and 2) it’s spelled F-L-U-K-E if you’re trying to discredit Manziel’s skills (which, if you think he’s a one-year wonder, you’re an idiot; the kid can play).

    #gamecocker, if you had half a freaking brain, you’d welcome the longest possible odds… then RUN, not walk, to your favorite Vegas betting parlor and lay down your entire life savings on the ‘Cocks. Instead you focus on freaking Clemson? Wake up you idiot. These are BETTING ODDS, not predictions on who’s going to beat who next season. Strictly from a betting perspective, Clemson DOES stand a better chance of hoisting the crystal trophy next year than the ‘Cocks do… BECAUSE THEY PLAY AN INFERIOR SCHEDULE (read: MORE WINS).

    Personally, again because of scheduling and the conferences they respectively play in, I think Ohio State (Big Ten) and Oregon (Pac 12) stand a better chance of winning it all than Alabama does. No one other than Michigan will challenge Ohio State, or prevent them from running the table. And who’s going to challenge Oregon in the Pac 12 other than Stanford? Both those teams basically have ONE roadblock game to worry about. Alabama, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, etc. have MANY more “trap games” to consider. THAT is why you bet on a Clemson, or an Oregon, or an Ohio State, and NOT your Gamecocks, unless your primary objective is to LOSE YOUR MONEY.

  18. thegamecocker says: Jan 10, 2013 12:36 PM

    If Clemson cannot beat Souyh Carolina, they are not going to be in the NC game next season. I understand the odds. This past season, Carolina and Clemson finished with 11-2 records. I don’t know why you needed to be so harsh in your post back to me. I thought that was uncalled for. Kindly refrain from doing that moving forward. I get SC has a more difficult schedule than any ACC team. Thank-you for your consideration.

  19. sixaspadz says: Jan 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    Do you not remember who is running THE Ohio State now? All Urban does is win national championships!!!!!
    Another undefeated season for the Buckeyes.

  20. packerbadger says: Jan 10, 2013 3:29 PM


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