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2013 NCAA Football: Top Four Favorite Teams to Win the BCS National Championship


By Dave Zamzack

As the 2013 college football season get closer to its opening date, every football program in the nation is preparing to battle for this year’s BCS National Championship. Although there are literally hundreds of teams competing across the country, only a selected list of college football squads are being considered as potential candidates to claim the national title.

So let’s get ready for some early college football betting and review the top four squads based on their odds to win the 2013 BCS National Championship.

Bama Crimson TideNo. 1- ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (+190)

After back-to-back titles and a combined record of 25-2 (14-2 SEC) achieved over the last two seasons, it’s no surprise to see the current NCAA Champs taking the first spot as the top favorite team to win this year’s BCS National Championship.

The squad led by coach Nick Saban will play against all six Western Division opponents (Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M) and will also face two Eastern Division opponents (Tennessee and Kentucky).

The Tide will also play four non-conference games: Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference, Georgia State of the Sun Belt Conference and Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. The team will have two bye weeks in the 2013 season: their first during week two, before facing Texas A&M, and their second during week ten, before facing LSU.

Oregon DucksNo. 2 – OREGON DUCKS (+450)

Last season the Ducks raised expectations as one of the top contenders for the BCS national championship title. Oregon remained undefeated until November 17, 2012, when they lost in overtime to Stanford, ending their national championship aspirations and ending their conference title streak at three. Despite the loss, Oregon finished the season 12–1 (8–1 Pac-12) and were ranked #2 in most postseason polls, right behind the NCAA national champion Alabama.

The Ducks, who will be lead by former offensive coordinator  and first time year head coach Mark Helfrich, are set to open the season at home against Nicholls State (August 31st). The team will have two bye weeks in the 2013 season: their first during week 4, before facing the California Golden Bears, and their second during week ten, before playing Stanford.

Ohio State BuckeyesNo. 3- OHIO STATE (+500)

After a one-year ban imposed after the 2011 season due extra-benefit violations incurred by its players and coaching staff, the Buckeyes are back to bowl contention as the top teams in the Big Ten Conference.  The Buckeyes, who completed a 12-0 season (8-0 Big Ten) in 2012, will play all five Leaders Division opponents (Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin) as well as three Legends Division opponents (Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan). The team will also play four non-conference games: Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference, San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference, California of the Pacific-12 Conference and Florida A&M of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Buckeyes will two bye weeks during the season, the first on Week 7 before their game vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes, and their second on Week 11 before their game vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Texas A&M AggiesNo. 4 - TEXAS A&M (+800)

The Aggies were able to surprise most college football bettors last season. Led by first year head coach Kevin Sumlin in their first year as a member of the Southeastern Conference, the team closed the season with a 11-2 record that included a victory over Alabama. The Aggies were also able to claim a bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners at the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.

Texas A&M will play a total of 8 games at Kyle Field this season, marking the first time the team plays 8 games at home since 1919 when the team was awarded the National Championship after finishing the season undefeated. The Aggies open the season at home against the Rice Owls, and are schedule to welcome the Crimson Tide at Kyle Field for a SEC battle set to run on Week 3.

The team has two bye weeks scheduled this season, the first one on Week 6 before their game vs. Ole Miss Rebels, and their second on Week 12 before their game vs. another SEC foe: the LSU Tigers.
           
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