2016 College Football Championship Free Betting Picks
One of the most fun parts about betting is coming up with your own idea of what is going to happen months down the road and put your money down on it. In the case of the upcoming college football betting season, there are already people clamoring to bet on the next national champions. Let’s take a look at our favorites to win the college football championship — and our pick for you.
Here’s a Look at the 2016 College Football Championship Free Betting Picks
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The Favorite to Win the 2016 College Football Championship: Alabama
It’s true that the Crimson Tide only return 11 starters. However, last year, they only returned 10 last year, and they walked away with the title. This year, they have all of their wide receivers back and three starters on the offensive line. They did lose Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and their starting quarterback. They also lost four of five of their best tacklers last year on defense. With that said, Nick Saban has a reputation of reloading at every position with blue-chip talent. The schedule also helps them, as they have seven home games and just four away games as one road tilt will be in Arlington, Texas, against USC, where they should have more fans in the building. Their road dates are tough — Ole Miss (who has beat Alabama two years in a row), Arkansas, Tennessee (the favorite to win the SEC East) and LSU. But until someone knocks them off, they are the favorite.
The Smart Pick to Win the 2016 College Football Championship: Clemson
This is going to be the hungriest team in the nation, having made it to the doorstep of the national title and seeing some special teams and secondary mistakes allow Alabama to run away with the title. This year, they return eight starters on offense, including Heisman favorite Deshaun Watson. He was the first FBS player to throw for 4,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in the same season. Tailback Wayne Gallman returns after picking up 1,527 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground. Mike Williams returns to galvanize a solid wide receiving corps. The defense lost a lot of players to the pros, but they have Christian Wilkins and Carlos Watkins at defensive tackle and Ben Boulware at linebacker. They are in the ACC, which means they don’t have the same conference gauntlet as Alabama.
The Long Shot Pick to Win the 2016 College Football Championship: Michigan
Michigan is a sexy pick thanks to the arrival of Jim Harbaugh and the swift improvement of the Wolverines in 2015. However, they still don’t have a starting quarterback, as Jake Rudock, who threw for 3,017 yards and 20 scores last year, has moved on, and Harbaugh has not picked among John O’Korn, Shane Morris and Wilton Speight. The tight end position (Jake Butt) and the wide receiver position (Amara Darboh and Jehu Cresson) are solid. The O-line has four starters coming back. The defense has All-America cornerback Jourdan Lewis and All-American rover Jabrill Peppers back. They have a solid defensive line — but the linebacking corps will work in several new starters.
My Expert Pick: Clemson
Clemson has the least work to do as far as working in new starters at key positions, and the ACC isn’t as tough a proposition as the SEC and the Big Ten. I like Dabo Swinney to be the coach holding up the crystal football at the end of next year’s title game.