As we’ve been previewing conferences over the past few weeks, up next is the Big 12. Read below as we highlight the favorites to win it in 2018!
Oklahoma Sooners (+150)
Though Baker Mayfield is gone and off to play in Cleveland, Oklahoma is still in very good standing as we look ahead to the 2018 season.
They will be turning to Kyler Murray to be their new starting QB, who completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards + 3 TD’s in limited action last year. The rising junior will definitely be ready for the challenge, especially with a coach as good as Lincoln Riley.
Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown, the top offensive playmakers, are both back in the fold, and they should be more than okay. Big things for the Sooners are coming.
Texas Longhorns (+350)
Last year was not a good year for the Longhorns, as they struggled to a 7-6 record under Tom Herman. They did not get particularly strong play from any offensive players, and had two QB’s fighting for the starting job all season.
Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger were both very mediocre in 2017, and in order for them to compete this year, one of them has to be named as the defined starter.
Ehlinger actually lead the team in rushing yards a year ago, with just 381 yards. That stat sums up how Texas performed a year ago. Improve the D, and allow one QB to lead, that is the recipe for their success.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (+500)
They are saying goodbye to Mason Rudolph after a few dominant seasons in a row as he is off to the NFL. Running back Justice Hill, who was an absolute beast on the field last year will be back in the fold.
Their top two receivers are also gone, in James Washington and Marcus Ateman, so some of their younger guys will be asked to step up. Mike Gundy has been one of college football’s better coaches in recent years, so this should help their cause.
Washington is going to be missed. His effort on a daily basis and his athleticism were huge for the Cowboys. Washington was asked about his potential in the NFL, and he is what he had to say.
“Growing up on a farm, it takes a lot of hard work and effort,” he said. “That’s where I get it on the field from. My mom brings the faith and the dedication of things to me as well. I can remember waking up at 6:30 in the morning and my dad stopping at the convenience store grabbing coffee and asking me, ‘If you want something to eat, better grab something now because we won’t be back from a while.’ I grabbed like a bag of chips and was good with it. That really set my tone in wanting to work hard.” – James Washington
In order to compete next year, they will need big things from Taylor Cornelius as he takes over as starting QB.
West Virginia Mountaineers (+600)
Things are looking up for the Mountaineers, as they will have another year with ex-Gators QB, Will Grier, who was sensational a season ago. The running game last year was very impressive, as it featured Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy.
They had a number of big-time wide receivers who will be coming back for another season, and this West Virginia Squad is looking to take names in 2018. Though they are projected to finish fourth in the conference, they are the only team coming in with a proven starting college QB next season.
The chance to show how good they are and can be will come next year. Will they be ready?
TCU Horned Frogs (+800)
After going 11-3 a year ago and finishing 9-2 in their conference, the expectations are high for the Horned Frogs. However, they lost their QB Kenny Hill, and their top RB Kyle Hicks. These are two guys that are tough to replace.
Darius Anderson will be back as the team’s new top RB, but they will also be without top pass-rusher Mat Boesen. Ben Banogu, who had 8.5 sacks last year will be back however.
The pressure is on for these guys, who will be replacing many starters.
Those are the FIVE favorites to take the cake in the Big 12 Conference during the 2018 College Football season!
Full Big 12 Football Betting Odds
The full Big 12 College Football Betting Odds odds are from SportsBetting.ag as of Sunday July 30, 2018
- Oklahoma Sooners +150
- Texas Longhorns +350
- Oklahoma State Cowboys +500
- West Virginia Mountaineers +600
- TCU Horned Frogs +800
- Baylor Bears +1600
- Kansas State Wildcats +1600
- Iowa State Cyclones +2000
- Texas Tech Red Raiders +2500
- Kansas Jayhawks +10000
The 2018 NCAA Football season is right around the corner. Take a look at some of the betting odds to come out of the Big Ten in 2018!
Before doing so, take a look at some of our other College Football Betting Odds:
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- College Football Championship Betting Odds – Media Days Begin
Ohio State Buckeyes (+600)
JK Dobbins is about to set records next season. The running game for the Buckeyes is among the nation’s best. They are also bringing in four-star RB Master Teague.
The defense will be further bolstered next year by the addition of 5-star (#21) prospect Tyreke Johnson, who will be fantastic at the safety spot. In all, three top 100 prospects are coming to join the Buckeyes to help them out.
They will have a new QB next year, likely being Dwayne Haskins. He had 4 TD’s and 1 INT in limited action with 565 yards a year ago. A bet on the Buckeyes is a bet that Urban Meyer will get this team far next year.
Michigan Wolverines (+600)
This group last season, was the worst coached Jim Harbaugh team since his final year in San Francisco. They finished 8-5, and all three of their starting QB’s struggled. Without a good defense, they would have had a losing record.
The running game is what helped the offense when they actually showed efficiency, as Karan Higdon should be back for his senior season. Their leading receiver had just 307 yards, and so work will need to be done to improve the team.
Michigan is lucky to have a coach who can be their biggest asset. A bet on the Wolverines is a bet on a major turnaround and improvement in QB play.
Coach Harbaugh was asked about his team and he had some interesting comments to make.
” We are a rejuvanted team. We are ready for the challenge to compete for a Big Ten title in 2018″
Michigan State Spartans (+1000)
The Spartans were solid, but nothing out of the ordinary in 2017. They are coming in with great odds to make some serious noise in 2018 though.
They are adding a pair of four-star recruits to the roster, who will help to improve the talent level that they bost. Most importantly, QB Brian Lewerke is coming back for another season after a decent campaign a year ago.
This team will need a big season from LJ Scott in order to truly compete. He will be the lead back next season. A bet on MSU is a bet on Mark Dantonio and the squad turning it around in a big way.
Purdue Boilermakers (+2500)
The Boilermakers are coming off a rough 7-6 season and will have some things they will have to work on going into next season. They will be returning their QB Elijah Sindelar, who was very efficient a year ago.
Six different players had a rushing TD for this team a year ago and while this is good, they need to find a lead running back from the pack. There is also a lot to be desired from the very eh level of play from their wide receivers.
A bet on Purdue is a bet that their strong defense will get even better next year, while the offense scores more.
Full Big Ten Title Betting Odds
- Full betting are as of July 23, 2018 and from MyBookie
Ohio State +150
Penn State +450
Michigan State +1000
Though the 2018 College Football season is still a ways away, it is never too early to start talking about the Heisman. Read below as we highlight some of the favorites for the award!
Before you do so, take a look at some of our other College Football articles:
Bryce Love (+700)
The Stanford running back, in his first year as a starter, lit the world on fire last season. He rushed for 1,400 more yards and 16 more TD’s than the prior year.
In all, Love finished with 2,118 yards on 263 carries (8.1 yards per rush) and 19 TD’s. He was not somebody who was able to be slowed down.
It was beyond impressive to see how dominant he was. There is no doubt that he deserves to be the favorite. A bet on Love, is a bet on a beast taking control again next year. One opponent had some great things to say about Love coming into the season.
“He puts up numbers more akin to a video game.”
Jonathan Taylor (+800)
This is another running back that has extremely high expectations next year. Last season, as a true freshman, Taylor averaged 6.6 yards per carry en route to 1,977 yards and 13 TD’s.
He was unstoppable against basically all of his opponents, and nobody could slow him. Taylor is built like a tank, like Brandon Jacobs was in his day.
To see how he came in during his very first season and dominated, spoke volumes to how he prepares and trains. A bet on Taylor, is a bet that Love will slow down a bit.
Tua Tagovailoa (+1000)
TUA. What a finish to last season he had, and how he truly impressed us. He had some regular season opportunities and was decent, but he is on this list because of his Championship Game performance.
Tua came in to the game with Alabama trailing, and his very impressive play lead them to the title. He finished 14-24 with 166 yards and 3 TD’s. It was a performance that really defines the QB he can be.
His play was impressive enough to set up a QB controversy with Jalen Hurts. Assuming that Tua wins the job, he is without a doubt a prime candidate to be the Heisman.
Jake Fromm (+1000)
The Georgia QB had a highly successful freshman season, where he threw 24 TD passes and only 7 interceptions. He was a pure pocket QB as he hardly ever ran with it, but the talent with this kid is undeniable.
It will be very tough to unseat the players in front of him, if he focuses on his game, he could very well be in a suit, waiting to hear his name called on Heisman night. He is capable of leading Georgia to big things, and so now we wait.
As odds change throughout the season, check back with us here at Vegas Odds, and we will give you the latest. As always – best of luck with all your College Football betting!
Full Heisman Trophy Betting Odds
- The full Heisman Trophy Betting Odds listed below are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag as of July 18, 2018.
|Bryce Love (Stanford)||700|
|Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)||800|
|Jake Fromm (Georgia)||1000|
|Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)||1000|
|Khalil Tate (Arizona)||1400|
|Shea Patterson (Michigan)||1600|
|Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)||2000|
|JK Dobbins (Ohio State)||2000|
|Will Grier (West Virginia)||2000|
|Trace McSorley (Penn State)||2000|
|Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)||2500|
|Cam Akers (Florida State)||2500|
|Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma)||2500|
|Sam Ehlinger (Texas)||2500|
|Kelly Bryant (Clemson)||3300|
|Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)||2500|
|Justin Herbert (Oregon)||3300|
|Deondre Francois (Florida State)||3300|
|DAndre Swift (Georgia)||3300|
|Drew Lock (Missouri)||3300|
|Brandon Wimbush (Notre Dame)||3300|
|Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State)||3300|
|Jake Browning (Washington)||5000|
|Jalen Hurts (Alabama)||2000|
|KJ Costello (Stanford)||5000|
|Ed Oliver (Houston)||5000|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson)||5000|
|AJ Dillon (Boston College)||2500|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||1600|
Training camps are about ready to start. Media days have arrived. Let’s get to some College Football! Read below as we highlight the school’s with the best odds to win it all next year.
Are we really going to make this list and not include Alabama as the projected favorite? Of course not. Nick Saban’s teams have continued to just dominate the rest of their competition, and are entering off yet another title.
It was seen that Jalen Hurts was the answer at QB, and he would be the one to lead them to the title. WELL, enter the freshman, Tua Tagovailoa. He came through and helped deliver them to another title.
Saban teams also happen to pride themselves on their defense, and are without a doubt the projected favorites headed into 2018.
2) Clemson +600
2017 was a strong season for the Tigers, though it still left a lot to be desired. They didn’t have a great offense, they had one that was just good enough to get the job done.
They will have Kelly Bryant at QB once again, who only tossed 13 TD passes all season. They will need to ramp up their scoring in order to have the shot at unseating Alabama.
Led by head coach Dabo Swinney, they will be fun to watch next season. Recently, Swinney was inducted into a coaches Hall of Fame, and had some comical words to say about Alabama.
“I’m also here because that’s just how good Alabama is these days. If you beat ’em, they put your butt right in the hall of fame.. It’s like we’re playing Monopoly. You just skip go and right on in.” – Dabo Swinney
One of college football’s best teams a year ago, Georgia lost their two top running backs from a season ago in the NFL Draft. They, however, are still bringing back Jake Frohm, who had a very solid freshman season.
Their pass rush was one of the key parts of a defense that played a strong role in getting them to the 13-2 record they finished with. Many of those key pieces will also be returning.
Led by head coach Kirby Smart, things should continue to be looking up for the Bulldogs.
Ohio State +700
The Buckeyes got a tremendous campaign from JT Barrett a year ago, but he’s now gone and with the New Orleans Saints. He is a player that they will surely miss, no matter how good the new QB is.
They do bring back top RB JK Dobbins, who was a force to be reckoned with last season. Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard, who lead a fantastic pass rush, will both be back.
They have one of the best coaches in Urban Meyer, so all should be okay for them.
This team was very shaky last year, and also used three different primary QB’s, as they could never find a #1 option. The three of them actually combined to throw more INT’s (10) than TD’s (9).
But, if there’s one thing to understand about Jim Harbaugh teams, it is that they bounce back. They return most of their top defensive players and running backs so the cast still looks good.
Harbaugh is going to take his team to the title game one of these years, and 2018 is a real possibility.
Full Betting Odds to Win the 2018 College Football Championship
The odds in this article come from WagerWeb and are accurate as of July 16, 2018
- Alabama +175
- Clemson +600
- Georgia +700
- Ohio State +700
- Michigan +1600
- Wisconsin +1800
- Washington +2200
- Oklahoma +2500
It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the college football season. Read below as we highlight the teams with the best chances to win the SEC title!
Alabama Crimson Tide (+150)
There is never a doubt when discussing college football that Alabama will have the best odds, no matter what the prop is. They have shown complete dominance and have rarely not won the SEC in recent years.
This is a team, whether it is Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa at QB, which will dominate. They always recruit the best defensive players and running backs, and Nick Saban does a great job of running his system.
Alabama’s odds of winning it are very high, and it comes to no surprise. A bet on Bama is a bet that things will remain as they are, the Crimson Tide on top. Nick Saban, head coach, put it this way when asked about his teams chances.
“We should be as competitive as the work we put into it.” – Nick Saban
Georgia Bulldogs (+300)
They went 13-2 last season, in large part thanks to a dominant rushing attack, and Jake Fromm and his strong QB play. While both Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are gone, they have great replacements.
D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield will get a lot of carries next year, as the backfield will still excel. This is a team destined for big things next season. They are the biggest challenge for Alabama, without a doubt.
A bet on Georgia is a bet that Kirby Smart is ready to lead.
Auburn Tigers (+700)
Back and healthy again last season, QB Jarrett Stidham played very well and hardly turned the ball over. Kerryon Johnson showed that he can be a very dominant RB, going for 1,320 yards and 17 TD’s.
Now with Johnson gone, they will rely on Kamryn Pettway and Kam Martin to carry the load in the backfield. This is a team that can have great success next season. A lot of players coming in will have big shoes to fill, but it is very capable of being done.
A bet on Auburn, is a bet on a huge underdog with talent that doesn’t match up with the top two.
LSU Tigers (+1600)
They will have a new QB next season after Danny Etling joined the Patriots and a new RB1 as Derrius Guice is now with the Redskins. The backups showed they can be starters at times last season though, so they will be ready.
Ed Orgeron is going to be ready to lead his team to a big season. Myles Brennan is ready to step in at QB, while Darrel Williams is ready to step in at RB. They will need more receivers to break through, which is why they recruited some big names at that position.
It is a big long shot that LSU will win the SEC title, but a bet on them would land big results if they could pull it off.
Best of luck with your future betting when it comes to the SEC! Enjoy the offseason as we approach the start of training camp!
Full SEC TITLE Betting Odds
- The full SEC Title Betting Odds are from BetNOW as of Saturday May 26, 2018
Mississippi State +1000
Texas A&M +1600
South Carolina +2000
Ole Miss +5000
The NFL Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 27 through Monday, March 5 and many of the top recruits in college football will participate with their shot to impress many of the pro scouts, with the hopes of becoming a top draft pick. Each year players around the college football world participate in the NFL scouting combine, looking to improve their spot in the NFL draft.
The difference is being drafted number 1-5 and being drafted number 15-20 is about $20 million so naturally every player wants to move up in that top 5 in the 2018 NFL draft. By this time each professional team as an overall list of who they are considering and what players they will be watching out for.
With that being said, there are always those players that really impress the scouts during the combine and improve their ranking from being a 2nd or 3rd round player to a potential 1st round selection in the NFL draft. In this article, take a look at a few players that could move into the 1st round with an impressive NFL Combine performance.
James Washington – Wide Receiver – Oklahoma State
James Washington has set major records throughout his collegiate career and has been one of the most exciting wide receivers to play at Oklahoma State. He is an amazing route runner and has shown throughout his entire career that he is extremely hard to cover.
The main issue with Washington is his size. Depending upon who is measuring him, he comes in a 5 foot 10 or 5 foot 11 and that is fairly small for an NFL wide receiver. Most teams in the NFL are looking for that tall 6 foot plus WR that can go up and get the ball in the end zone.
Washington may not have the size for what he does have is the game IQ and the route running capability to make him a dangerous wide receiver. Washington’s entire draft selection will come down to his 40 yard dash time.
If he runs under a 4.50, he could very well end up in the middle of the 1st round but if his speed doesn’t measure up, he could fall down to the 2nd round or even possibly to the 3rd round!
Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver – Alabama
Depending upon what draft board or mock draft that you look at depends upon where you think Calvin Ridley will end up. Most everyone has the Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver getting drafted in the 1st round but that could depend on what he runs in the 40 yard dash, similar to what we saw Washington.
Ridley is a little bit different than Washington in the fact that he is 6 foot 1 but the problem with Calvin Ridley is the only weighs about 190 pounds. If this guy comes out and smoke we are dash, he could very well go in the top 10 but if he bombs the yard dash and comes in at under 200 pounds, teams may pass on him due to his lack of size and speed.
Ronald Jones II – Running Back – USC
Ronald Jones is currently listed on most draft charts as the number 3 running back in this year’s draft. Even with a complete fallout, Saquon Barkley is going to be the 1st running back chosen in the draft.
Many people feel that Derrius Guice, from LSU, will end up being the number 2 running back chosen but that’s all going to depend on how Ronald Jones does in the NFL combine. Jones is an underrated prospect that has game breaking speed and the power to break tackles.
If he can put that together with a great combine, he may be able to catapult himself into a lower 1st round pick.
Christian Kirk – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M
One of the most interesting players in this year’s draft is Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk. Many experts in the industry agree that it’s very hard to determine where Christian Kirk will fall in this year’s draft.
Some boards have them coming in in the 3rd round, and others I’ve seen him getting selected as high as a low 1st round pick. The true determination will come at the combine when he runs the 40 yard dash.
Kirk has been known as one of the fastest wide receivers in the NCAA and if he can carry over his talent and speed, into the NFL combine and put up bullet works in the 40, he could very easily be chosen in the 1st round due to the mere fact that teams want speed!