Back in January, reigning BCS champion Florida State was the favorite to claim the first-ever championship in the College Football Playoff era.
Six months later, and a handful of weeks before the start of the 2014 season, the Seminoles have some company at the top.
According to Bovada.lv, FSU remains at the same 11/2 odds to win the 2014 FBS championship as they were earlier this year. Joining them at 11/2, however, is Alabama. In the most recent set of odds, the Tide came in at 13/2.
In odds released a couple of weeks ago, the Tide stood at 6/1 while the ‘Noles were, again, at 11/2.
The team that’s made the biggest jump over the last seven months is Ole Miss, with the Rebels moving from 66/1 to 40/1. Others trending upward are Oregon (7/1, from 12/1), Oklahoma (20/1, from 9/1), Auburn (10/1, from 14/1), UCLA (14/1, from 25/1), Georgia (18/1, from 25/1)LSU (20/1), from 25/1), USC (25/1, from 33/1) and Wisconsin (33/1, from 40/1).
On the flip side, Bovada has lost all kinds of respect for Stanford as the Cardinal has tumbled from 9/1 in January to 33/1 in July. Clemson and Texas A&M have also taken precipitous drops, with both going from 25/1 to 66/1. Ohio State (12/1, from 10/1), Michigan State (25/1, from 20/1), Baylor (28/1, from 25/1) and Florida and South Carolina (33/1, from 25/1) are among the others who have lost wagering ground to the field.
Below are the complete set of championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
(Writer’s note: teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same.)