NCAAF Betting: Marshall Favorite, UAB Smart Pick & FAU Longshot to Win Conference USA

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 17, 2021 in

The 2021 college football season is less than a month away, and it should be another exciting year. While much of the focus is always on the Power 5 Conferences, the conference title race in Conference USA should be a fun one to watch as well. 

While no team in Conference USA is expected to be a legitimate threat to reach the College Football Playoff this year, there are some teams that should have a great year. Here is a look at three teams that could win Conference USA, including a favorite, a smart bet, and a longshot. Let’s jump right into action so you can begin to plan your bets against the NCAAF Conference Championship odds

Odds to Win the 2021 Conference USA – Favorite Pick, Smart Option, Longshot Choice

Favorite: Marshall Thundering Herd (+240)

The Marshall Thundering Herd enter 2021 as the betting favorites to win Conference USA, but this team will have a new coaching staff in place. Charles Huff comes to Marshall with an impressive resume, but a turnover in the coaching staff could lead to some potential growing pains.

Marshall got off to a hot start a season ago, but the Thundering Herd started to fade a bit down the stretch. If this team wants to win Conference USA this season, then they will need to find a way to finish strong and hold off a slew of challengers. 

It seems pretty clear that Marshall has one of the most talented rosters in the league, and this team has plenty of experience. They are the betting favorites for a reason, but winning Conference USA won’t be an easy task. 

Smart Bet: UAB Blazers (+325)

If you are looking to make a smart bet on which team will win Conference USA, then look no further than the UAB Blazers. UAB is currently being offered at +325, and a bet on the Blazers does come with some value as well.

Running back Dewayne McBride might be the best player in Conference USA, and he could carry the Blazers on the offensive side of the field. The Blazers are the defending champions of this league, and there doesn’t seem to be a real threat to challenge them in the West. 

There are still some concerns on the defensive side of the ball, but this offense is going to be a nightmare for opponents all season long. If Marshall doesn’t win Conference USA, then taking the UAB Blazers is a pretty smart play. 

Long Shot: FAU Owls (+900)

The East Division appears to be Marshall’s to lose, but there is one team that could spoil the party for the Thundering Herd. The FAU Owls are going to be an interesting team to watch this season, and they could ultimately find a way to win the league.

FAU will be led on offense by quarterback N’Kosi Perry, and he could be the best offensive player in the league if he lives up to the hype. There are also some very talented skill players on that side of the ball, and this team should put up some points.

The Owls do have a pretty tough road schedule this season, but if you are looking for a longshot pick, then FAU is the way to go.