BCS Championship Odds: Where Does Your Team Stand?
The BCS Championship odds are changing with the end of spring practice and altering of depth charts. Just who do the oddsmakers like to win it all in 2011?
Can Alabama repeat? Is Ohio State ready for prime time? What about Texas making a return trip? And is Boise State really a legitimate contender in Vegas' eyes?
Notre Dame 80:1
New head coach Brian Kelly is looking for a new QB, a new WR, and a new start in South Bend.
Irish fans are excited, but their enthusiasm would go through the roof if Kelly can continue his regular season winning streak.
Gene Chizik surprised many in year one, including me, leading Auburn to eight wins. With a banner recruiting class including former Florida QB Cam Newton, the Tigers could be a sleeper in the SEC West.
But so far gamblers are doubting Chizik's ability to get Auburn to the top this season.
Georgia Tech 50:1
Paul Johnson has proved many wrong that his offense can't work at the BCS level getting the Yellow Jackets to the Orange Bowl last season. In two seasons in Atlanta, Johnson has amassed 20 wins and has won more games in his first 13 years than any coach in history.
Tech must find capable replacements at WR and DE to replace the two first round draft picks lost early to the NFL, but they do return Joshua Nesbitt at QB.
The Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing 8-5 campaign, but can take some solace in the improvement made in their final two wins.
Head Coach Mark Richt will again have a first year starter at QB in Aaron Murray, but he has some very talented skill players to rely on.
New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is installing a 3-4 blitzing scheme. Rushing the passer has been a sore spot for UGA the last few years.
But before the Dawgs can make a run on a national title they have to overcome SEC East rival Florida.
Bobby Petrino enters his third season as Razorbacks coach and has one of the top QBs in the nation in Ryan Mallett.
Still if Arkansas is going to make the leap into the national elite. they have to improve on defense where they again ranked near the bottom of the SEC last season.
The "U" returns a boat load of experienced talent and is steady at the QB position for the first time since Ken Dorsey roamed the Coral Gables campus.
Miami has a boisterous, national following that will keep their odds high to hoist the crystal ball in 2011.
We know the Sooners have talent after three of the first four picks in the NFL Draft came from Oklahoma.
QB Landry Jones has much more experience coming into this season and Bob Stoops is hungry to get his team back over the hump in the Big 12.
This is my sleeper team in 2011. The Hawkeyes showed just how dominant they are on the line of scrimmage in the Orange Bowl.
When QB Ricky Stanzi played the full game, Kirk Ferentz's club was undefeated in 2010.
Can Iowa go undefeated in 2011?
The Ducks have had their share of turmoil in the offseason and then some.
With the season long suspension of starting QB Jeremiah Masoli, it is hard to see Chip Kelly's club coming close to the BCS Championship.
But what if Kelly ends up reducing the suspension just like he did with Legarrette Blount?
Some may forget Les Miles and the LSU Tigers won the BCS title just three years ago and have recruited very well since.
If LSU can get the QB situation settled, then they have the talent to beat anyone including Alabama and Florida who are both on the 2011 schedule.
Virginia Tech 15:1
The Hokies are hungry to get back to the top of the ACC in 2011.
However, Frank Beamer's club starts the season with another favorite Boise State. The loser will likely be eliminated from BCS title contention due to the relative weakness of their schedules.
You could argue the Longhorns should have played for the last two BCS Championships.
But now without Colt McCoy, can Mack Brown continue his run near the top of the BCS standings?
Boise State 12:1
The Broncos were undefeated in 2010 and return 21 of 22 starters from a year ago. Boise will likely start the season in the top 10.
With an opening game against Virginia Tech, they have the schedule to stay in the top five all year if they win out. The right breaks could land the first non-BCS conference team in the title game.
The Gators have won two of the last four BCS titles and are a favorite again this year.
Tim Tebow is gone, but John Brantley impressed everyone with his passing ability in the Spring.
The biggest question for Florida may be their coach Urban Meyer who suddenly resigned and then came back last December. Can Meyer lead his team to a BCS Championship in his current situation?
Ohio State 5:1
The Buckeyes finally broke through in a big game dominating Pac 10 Champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
The lack of Ohio State players in the NFL Draft means a lot of good players are coming back, including QB Terrelle Pryor.
Can the former top recruit in the nation get Jim Tresell back to the BCS Championship?
It is no surprise to see the Crimson Tide as the favorites to win it all again in 2011 with the offensive talent they have returning.
Also, Nick Saban has experience to fall back on in defending a national title like he did in 2004.
But the Tide will have to fight these lofty expectations just like Florida did last year. Their toughest opponent might be themselves.
Penn State 50:1
Florida State 75:1
South Carolina 100:1