Three weeks into the college football season, four schools with local or Big 12 connections _ TCU, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia _ rank among the 15 most likely candidates to win the BCS national championship, based on odds released today by Bovada Sportsbook.
Among that group, Oklahoma (15/1) received the most favorable odds, followed by West Virginia (20/1), Texas (30/1) and TCU (60/1). All four teams remain undefeated heading into this week’s games.
The Las Vegas odds-maker has shifted Alabama into the favorite’s role as the BCS national championship favorite, replacing pre-season choice USC in the wake of the Trojans’ 21-14 loss to Stanford last week. Alabama, the defending national champ, received 19/10 odds, placing the Crimson Tide ahead of LSU (7/2), Florida State (8/1) and Oregon (9/1) on the list of heaviest favorites.
In the Heisman Trophy race, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has edged ahead of USC quarterback Matt Barkley in a crowed field. Smith received 5/2 odds, with Barkley at 5/1.
Below is a breakdown:
Odds to win the 2012-2013 BCS National Championship
Florida State 8/1
West Virginia 20/1
Notre Dame 25/1
South Carolina 28/1
Mississippi State 75/1
Kansas State 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Oklahoma State 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
Boise State 500/1
Georgia Tech 500/1
Miami (Florida) 500/1
Texas A&M 500/1
Odds to win 2012 Heisman Trophy
Geno Smith - West Virginia - QB 5/2
Matt Barkley - USC - QB 5/1
De'Anthony Thomas - Oregon – RB 15/2
Landry Jones - Oklahoma - QB 15/1
Collin Klein - Kansas State - QB 15/1
Braxton Miller - Ohio State - QB 15/1
Le'Veon Bell - Michigan State – RB 15/1
EJ Manuel - Florida State - QB 18/1
Denard Robinson - Michigan – QB 20/1
Aaron Murray - Georgia - QB 20/1
Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - RB 20/1
Tajh Boyd - Clemson - QB 20/1
AJ McCarron - Alabama - QB 28/1
Montee Ball - Wisconsin - RB 30/1
Taylor Martinez - Nebraska - QB 30/1
Where will Notre Dame finish the Season in the AP Polls?
_ Jimmy Burch