Oddsmaker Danny Sheridan puts the odds of Nick Marshall and Auburn winning the 2014 national title at 8:1. (Julie Bennett/[email protected])
With less than two months until the 2014 college football season kicks off and SEC Media Days getting underway next week, oddsmaker Danny Sheridan has released his national championship odds for the coming season.
It will be to no one’s surprise that defending national champ Florida State is the favorite at 4:1.
The Seminoles return the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Jameis Winston and a strong nucleus including running back Karlos Williams, receiver Rashad Greene, tight end Nick O’Leary and offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Tre Jackson.
And while they’ll play a beefed-up schedule that includes non-conference games against Oklahoma State and Notre Dame along with Florida, top ACC rivals Clemson and Miami must retool after losing their starting quarterbacks and other playmakers.
What about Alabama and Auburn?
Both the Tide and Tigers fall in close behind FSU, with Alabama and Oregon both listed at 6:1 and Auburn at 8:1.
Sheridan said on the Paul Finebaum radio show two months ago that he believes Auburn has “a better team” than Alabama, but added that the addition of Florida State transfer quarterback Jacob Coker could tip the scales in the Crimson Tide’s favor.
Oregon returns a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Marcus Mariota, as does Ohio State, which comes in at 10:1 with Braxton Miller behind center. Oklahoma, which turned heads with its 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, is also at 10:1, while three more SEC schools are with UCLA at 20:1 — LSU, South Carolina and Georgia.
The Tigers, Gamecocks and Bulldogs will all be starting new quarterbacks this fall, and there is chance LSU’s new signal-caller could be a true freshman — Bossier City product Brandon Harris.
The 2014 season will mark the first year of the new College Football Playoff, with four teams being chosen by a selection committee to compete in a playoff for the national championship.