Full slate of 2013 FBS conference and division odds released
Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes has released odds on every FBS division and conference title. Here's some quick reaction.
One offshore sportsbook offered college football fans the first look at major-conference division and league championship odds back in May, but via Beyond the Bets, offshore book 5Dimes took things a step further Monday by issuing odds for every FBS conference and division title -- and, in many cases, offering an updated opinion on the May odds.
Here's some eyebrow-raisers from the new offerings:
South Carolina is the SEC East favorite. Georgia has been treated as the divisional favorite throughout much of the offseason, but 5Dimes has the Gamecocks listed at +175 to Georgia's +195.
It's a two-horse race in the Mountain West. It's no surprise to see Boise installed as heavy favorites at +110, or Fresno State as the challenger at +255. But the new-look MW includes five other teams who played in a 2012 bowl game -- and none is given any better odds than San Jose State at +860.
Louisville and Ohio State are the heaviest league favorites in the country. They're the only two teams that will return less than $100 for a $100 bet, with the Cardinals at an expensive -140 and the Buckeyes at -105.
USC is still getting respect. What 7-6 disaster? The Trojans are still the 5Dimes Pac-12 South favorite at +240 and second-favorite (at +485) to win the entire league. Oregon is the favorite at +235.
Northern Illinois is still your MAC favorite, but not as heavy a favorite as you might think. The Huskies have run roughshod over the league for three straight seasons, going 25-2 and only narrowly missing out on three straight MAC titles thanks to Miami's 2010 championship game upset.
Via Beyond the Bets, here's the full rundown of odds, with our quickie commentary on four "most intriguing" bets following:
Clemson +230, Florida State +230, Miami +550, North Carolina +590, Georgia Tech +850, Virginia Tech +975, Pittsburgh +2500, Maryland +5000, Virginia +5500, NC State +7000, Boston College +7000, Syracuse +7000, Duke +12000, Wake Forest +12500
Clemson +100, Florida State +100, Maryland +2200, NC State +3000, Boston College +3000, Syracuse +3000, Wake Forest +5000
Miami +230, North Carolina +250, Georgia Tech +370, Virginia Tech +405, Pittsburgh +1000, Virginia +2000, Duke +4000
Louisville -140, Cincinnati +490, Rutgers +490, Central Florida +1000, Connecticut +2000, South Florida +2300, SMU +2500, Houston +2500, Memphis +5500, Temple +5500
Ohio State -105, Michigan +480, Nebraska +625, Northwestern +710, Michigan State +710, Wisconsin +975, Iowa +4000, Minnesota +4000, Indiana +6500, Purdue +8000, Illinois +8000
Big Ten Leaders
Ohio State -465, Wisconsin +480, Indiana +2500, Purdue +3000, Illinois +3000
Big Ten Legends
Michigan +230, Nebraska +285, Northwestern +325, Michigan State +325, Iowa +1500, Minnesota +1500
Oklahoma State +270, Texas +300, TCU +350, Oklahoma +375, Baylor +1200, Kansas State +1750, Texas Tech +2000, West Virginia +2500, Iowa State +3500, Kansas +7500
Tulsa +270, East Carolina +375, Marshall +375, Rice +650, Louisiana Tech +850, Middle Tennessee +875, UTEP +950, UAB +1700, Southern Miss +1700, Florida Atlantic +2800, Tulane +3200, North Texas +3200, Florida International +3600, UTSA +5500
East Carolina +185, Marshall +185, Middle Tennessee +410, UAB +800, Southern Miss +800, Florida Atlantic +1300, Florida International +1600
Tulsa +135, Rice +300, Louisiana Tech +400, UTEP +460, Tulane +1500, North Texas +1500, UTSA +2500
Northern Illinois +200, Bowling Green +460, Ohio +500, Ball State +600, Toledo +650, Kent State +850, Buffalo +1050, Western Michigan +1800, Miami-Ohio +1800, Central Michigan +2000, Massachusetts +2300, Akron +2800, Eastern Michigan +7000
Bowling Green +225, Ohio +250, Kent State +425, Buffalo +470, Miami-Ohio +800, Massachusetts +1000, Akron +1200
Northern Illinois +100, Ball State +320, Toledo +350, Western Michigan +800, Central Michigan +900, Eastern Michigan +3000
Boise State +110, Fresno State +255, San Jose State +860, San Diego State +975, Utah State +1000, Nevada +1700, Air Force +2300, Wyoming +4500, Colorado State +6500, UNLV +8500, New Mexico +9000, Hawaii +12500
Fresno State -105, San Jose State +330, San Diego State +370, Nevada +625, UNLV +2800, Hawaii +4000
Boise State -325, Utah State +550, Air Force +1000, Wyoming +1850, Colorado State +2400, New Mexico +3200
Oregon +235, USC +485, Arizona State +575, Arizona +675, Stanford +725, UCLA +825, Oregon State +825, Washington +825, Utah +2100, California +3700, Washington State +5100, Colorado +11000
Oregon +120, Stanford +385, Oregon State +410, Washington +410, California +1500, Washington State +2000
USC +240, Arizona State +270, Arizona +320, UCLA +375, Utah +800, Colorado +4000
Alabama +135, South Carolina +425, Georgia +475, Texas A&M +1050, Florida +1200, LSU +1250, Mississippi +1400, Vanderbilt +1800, Missouri +3000, Tennessee +5500, Kentucky +5500, Mississippi State +9000, Auburn +9000, Arkansas +9000
South Carolina +175, Georgia +195, Florida +495, Vanderbilt +675, Missouri +1000, Tennessee +1800, Kentucky +1800
Alabama -180, Texas A&M +545, LSU +575, Mississippi +650, Mississippi State +3500, Auburn +3500, Arkansas +3500
Louisiana-Lafayette +160, Louisiana-Monroe +160, Western Kentucky +275, Arkansas State +500, Troy +800, Texas State +3000, South Alabama +4000 Georgia State +5000
OK, the five bets we'd look hardest at making if we were actually, you know, going to make bets (which we're not, so, you know, entertainment purposes only and all):
Baylor +1200 to win the Big 12. No matter who you bet in the Big 12, you're taking a borderline-flier in a crowded field. So you might as well take the flier that pays back the most, one that hosts both Texas and Oklahoma with the best defense of the Briles era and an offense that will be lethal if Bryce Petty lives up to the hype.
Alabama +135 to win the SEC. Even if you think the Tide might slip up against A&M or LSU, what are the chances they actually drop the division given A&M's defensive issues and the Tigers' schedule? So, essentially, you're getting underdog odds on an SEC title game in which the Tide will undoubtedly be favored, potentially heavily. (Only problem: an injury to AJ McCarron won't actually mean all bets are off.)
Northern Illinois +200 to win the MAC. Second verse, same as the first. Unless you think Ball State or Toledo has a shot at unseating the Huskies in the MAC West (and, admittedly, the Rockets can't be counted out), getting plus-odds on a MAC title game in which NIU could be favored by a touchdown or more might be a bargain.
Oregon +235/Stanford +725 to win the Pac-12. +725 seems a friendly price for a Cardinal team many (including CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman) feel should be the Pac-12 favorite. But there's the problem of the Cardinal's rockier schedule compared to the Ducks in the North division battle. Solution: bet them both, assume whichever emerges will have homefield in the league title game thanks to the South's balance, and as long as one of them wins? Profit!
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