Best Early 2016 College Football Title Bets
Back in January, the Alabama Crimson Tide won their 11th title in school history — and their fourth title in the last seven years. Nick Saban has turned that program into a perennial favorite not just to win the SEC but also to win the whole thing, thanks to terrific recruiting that keeps his depth chart full of blue-chip players and a commitment to bruising defense and a power running game — while also keeping passers that can air it out when necessary. But are the Tide the best early college football title bet? Let’s take a look at some of the best college football betting options for you ahead of the regular season this fall.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Best Early 2016 College Football Title Bets
Tennessee Volunteers (18/1)
Remember — the Volunteers had some early leads against some pretty good teams early on this past year, including CFP semifinalist Oklahoma. Joshua Dobbs returns to call signals for the offense, and Tennessee’s youth movement will now be a year older, and a year better. I like them to win the SEC East, and if they can find a way by Alabama in the SEC title game, they have to be in the conversation for the CFP if they can take care of business.
Notre Dame (18/1)
The Irish shed some talent to the NFL draft this season. However, Malik Zaire returns from that fractured ankle to lead the offense once again, and his cannon of a left arm will be striking fear in the opposition once again. He leads a multi-talented offense, and the Irish have a solid defense as well.
Losing to Clemson in a second-half collapse wasn’t the way the Sooners wanted to end last season. However, quarterback Baker Mayfield returns to lead the Sooner offense. However, there is no one else who has risen to challenge them yet in the Big 12, as Baylor is mired in controversy and TCU will be rolling out a rookie quarterback, and Texas is still rebuilding.
Running back Leonard Fournette, already a Heisman Trophy favorite, returns to lead the way for the Tiger attack. LSU will need to figure out how to keep their opposition from loading up the box against the run by making them pay in the passing game. If they can do that, Fournette will have the room he needs to romp all over the opposition.
The Tigers lost some key defensive players (and their secondary was a little on the Swiss-cheese side as it was), but this is a team that has largely reloaded and will have Deshaun Watson back under center. Florida State stands as their stiffest challenge in the ACC.
The Cardinal will rely heavily on tailback Christian McCaffrey to negotiate the difficult path that winds through the Pac-12 schedule, but they have a stout defense that has delivered results against other powers in that conference.
Ole Miss (11/1)
Chad Kelly is set to return at quarterback, so the Rebels, who for years had labored in the basement of the SEC, have a legitimate shot to take the SEC. Can they beat Alabama again — and then keep winning in that tough West?
Ohio State (7/1)
You know you’re recruiting well when you can lose players like Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott — and still have the second-highest rated roster for talent in the nation. J.T. Barrett returns to lead the offense, and the Buckeyes are favored to come out of the Big Ten.
That’s right — yet another recruiting class filled with the nation’s best players and a stacked depth chart has the Crimson Tide at the top of this list.