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2014 College Football National Championship Futures Odds

The 2014-15 college football season starts in less than a month (August 27th 2014). We’ve had all winter to analyze the additions and departures for each team and it’s now time to start getting busy. Before getting into my preview I want to mention the new format.

For the first time ever, college football will have a 4-team playoff to determine the National Championship. A 13-member selection committee will vote for who the top four teams are throughout the season. The top four seeds at the end of the season will play in the semi-finals with the two winners playing for the title.

2014 NCAA Football Top Contenders

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I can’t fathom the Crimson Tide not making the 4-team playoff. There have been concerns about the amount of turnover at Alabama with McCarron, Norwood, Bell, Mosley, Clinton-Dix and many top players gone, but Bama still has T.J Yeldon and Derrick Henry.

Alabama will have a lethal running game that’ll lead them past most teams on their schedule. Jacob Coker is likely going to start at QB while WR’s Cooper, White and Jones are back. Bama has elite recruits filling in holes on defense and a really easy SOS.

FSU has 14 returning starters (7 OFF / 7 DEF) including Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Karlos Williams is back at RB and will have to handle a heavier load with Freeman and Wilder gone. Leading WR Rashad Greene is back, but Benjamin and Shaw are gone.

I don’t expect the offense to average 51.6 PPG (2nd) again this year, but they’ll be in the National Championship spotlight. They lose a lot of defensive pieces and will be weak at LB this season. I expect them to run through their schedule, but they won’t win the NC.

This is the year for the Ducks and they have no excuses not to be ranked in the top 4 at the end of the season. The toughest games on their schedule are against UCLA and Stanford. Marcus Mariota will lead the nation’s #1 offense that’ll score with ease.

The question is will they be able to stop opposing offenses? That has always been the problem lately for Oregon. Trying to stop the run is going to be a problem again, but then the Ducks offense may be able to simply outscore opposing offenses and win the NC.

I have to mention the National Championship runner-ups in my preview although I’m down on Auburn this season. Nick Marshall is back along with a great o-line, but Tre Mason is gone. I don’t expect his replacements to match his 23 TD’s or 1816 rushing yards.

The defense brings back 7 starters, but the secondary is a big question mark. Auburn has an incredibly tough November with games against Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia, Stanford and Alabama. I could easily see the Tigers losing at least two of these match-ups.

Andy Murray is gone, but the Bulldogs should have a top 10 rushing attack if they can stay healthy. Todd Gurley will lead the way at RB. Hutson Mason is expected to start at QB, so he has game experience. The defense is bringing back 9 starters with experience.

Injuries and inexperience hurt the Bulldogs last season, but this year they have a shot at making the 4-team playoff. They need to get past the Gamecocks in September on the road and Auburn at home in November, both of which I think is possible for this team.

Some of the other contenders in the National Championship picture include Oklahoma (+900), Ohio State (+1200), UCLA (+1400) and LSU (+2000). These teams are packed with talent, but all have glaring holes that the best teams simply don’t have.

Who Will Win the 2014 National Championship in CFB?

Georgia has a tough SEC schedule, but if they can stay healthy this team will be real good. The defense is going to be improved upon from last year and I expect Mason to do well, as he isn’t going to be needed that much with the running game Georgia has.

Oregon has two tough games, but apart from those the other games should be relatively easy. Now that there is a 4-team playoff the Ducks will have a chance at the National Championship. I expect their defense to be better by then and they should contend.

With the playoffs this year it’s worth taking a long shot because you can always hedge if they make the playoff. If either team makes the semi-final game I’ll be able to lock in a profit if I want on these two futures and I think the chances of that happening are good.

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