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Sooners rank second in conference-chances odds

by Berry Tramel Published: July 30, 2014
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston warms up before the 2014 national title game against Auburn. (AP Photo)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston warms up before the 2014 national title game against Auburn. (AP Photo)

 

Florida State is the biggest favorite to win one of the Power 5 conferences of college football. And it’s not particular close. According to Bovada (www.Bovada.lv), the odds of the Seminoles winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title are 4/11. That means Florida State is more than twice better than even odds of winning the ACC.

And the next-biggest favorite are the Sooners, who have 2/3 odds of winning the Big 12.

The other favorites in the power conferences are Ohio State in the Big Ten (10/11), Oregon in the Pac-12 (11/10) and Alabama in the SEC (7/5).

The longest odds to win one of the power conferences is sort of a surprise — Purdue is 300/1 to win the Big Ten.

The long odds are sort of strange. Boston College and Wake Forest both are 200/1 to win the ACC, Kentucky and Vanderbilt both are 200/1 to win the SEC, and Colorado and California are both 200/1 to win the Pac-12. But Kansas and Iowa State both are just 100/1 to win the Big 12.

Winning a power conference is the best way — not the only way, not an assured way, but the best way — to reach college football’s new four-team playoff. Here are the odds to win their league for the 63 eligible power-conference teams (Penn State is not eligible in the Big Ten):

1. Florida State (ACC) 4/11

2. Oklahoma (Big 12) 2/3

3. Ohio State (Big Ten) 10/11

4. Oregon (Pac-12) 11/10

5. Alabama (SEC) 7/5

6. UCLA (Pac-12) 11/4

6. Baylor (Big 12) 11/4

8. Michigan State (Big Ten) 15/4

9. Wisconsin (Big Ten) 9/2

10. Auburn (SEC) 5/1

10. Southern Cal (Pac-12)  5/1

10. South Carolina (SEC) 5/1

13. Nebraska (Big Ten) 11/2

14. Stanford (Pac-12) 6/1

14. Georgia (SEC) 6/1

16. LSU (SEC) 13/2

17. Texas (Big 12) 7/1

18. Michigan (Big Ten) 9/1

19. Clemson (ACC) 10/1

19. Oklahoma State (Big 12) 10/1

19. Louisville (ACC) 10/1

19. Kansas State (Big 12) 10/1

19. North Carolina (ACC) 10/1

24. Miami (ACC) 12/1

24. Arizona State (Pac-12) 12/1

24. Florida (SEC) 12/1

24. Virginia Tech (ACC) 12/1

28.Ole Miss (SEC) 14/1

28. Washington (Pac-12) 14/1

28. TCU (Big 12) 14/1

28. Iowa (Big Ten) 14/1

32. Duke (ACC) 20/1

33. Texas A&M (SEC) 25/1

33. Georgia Tech (ACC) 25/1

33. Arizona (Pac-12)  25/1

36. Texas Tech (Big 12) 28/1

37. Oregon State (Pac-12) 33/1

38. Pittsburgh (ACC) 40/1

38. Mississippi State (SEC) 40/1

38. Northwestern (Big Ten) 40/1

38. Missouri (SEC) 40/1

42. Washington State (Pac-12) 50/1

42. Tennessee (SEC) 50/1

44. Syracuse (ACC) 66/1

44. West Virginia (Big 12) 66/1

44. Utah (Pac-12)  66/1

44. Minnesota (Big Ten) 66/1

44. Virginia (ACC) 66/1

49. North Carolina State (ACC) 100/1

49. Iowa State (Big 12) 100/1

49. Indiana (Big Ten) 100/1

49. Arkansas (SEC) 100/1

49. Maryland (Big Ten) 100/1

49. Kansas (Big 12) 100/1

55. Boston College (ACC) 200/1

55. California (Pac-12) 200/1

55. Vanderbilt (SEC) 200/1

55. Colorado (Pac-12)  200/1

55. Wake Forest (ACC) 200/1

55. Illinois (Big Ten) 200/1

55. Kentucky (SEC) 200/1

55. Rutgers (Big Ten) 200/1

63. Purdue (Big Ten) 300/1

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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