Although they may not match the popularity levels of the NFL, the American college football leagues are certainly starting to attract more attention from fans of the sport. So which sides are the potential winners of the 2016 championship?
Well, it is still very early days to be making hard and fast predictions about who will win, with the games not scheduled to take place until January of next year, but we can get some idea of who the favorites are. Current bookies favourites are the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are rated +250. This is not particularly surprising as they are the current title holders. Ohio have retained star players like running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Joe Thomas (JT) Barrett, making them serious contenders to retain the title.
Another team that you should be seriously considering is the Baylor Bears, currently placed behind Ohio State in the bookies ranking with odds of +700. Having underachieved for years, the Bears have been steadily improving under the guidance of Head Coach Art Briles, culminating in a first conference title in over twenty years, before defeat in the Fiesta Bowl. Thus, the evidence is there that this is a team on the upswing – having come agonisingly close to that big win over the last couple of seasons – and they boast major defensive talents in the form of Andrew Billings and Shawn Oakman.
A third side that you could look at for this season’s championship would be the LSU Tigers, who have current odds of +800 with the bookies. A big thing in their favour is that they have an excellent set of receivers in Diarse, Quinn, Dupre and Dural, as well as a fine running back in Fournette. Their biggest weakness last season was the quarterback position, with both Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings both struggling to make an impression, but if either of these produces they will be real contenders.
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