As the first big weekend of College football begins, the hype is around anything and everything for the 2017 season. So what does Las Vegas think about the chances of some Florida college teams and players this season?
Let’s take a quick look:
According to our friends at Vegas Insider and BetOnline, this week began with Alabama, USC, Ohio State and FSU being the favorites to make the four team College Football Playoff in January. The Tide were an overwhelming 3-1, while USC (5-1) and Ohio State (7-1) were both also strong early teams to consider. They listed the Noles at 10-1 this week, when Florida State opened at 8-1 to make the playoff.
Also interesting on that list was that Florida began the week as 40-1 to be in the CFP, but with their massive game with Michigan overshadowed by having 10 players suspended, their odds have likely plummeted at the Vegas sportsbooks this week.
The Miami Hurricanes got some early love at 40-1 to make the football final four, but they will have tough battle in the ACC to overcome FSU and defending champion, Clemson, just to get in.
When it comes to Heisman Trophy odds entering this big weekend, there is obvious scrutiny on the Florida State vs. Alabama game, right away. As an article from OddShark lays out, there are four prominent candidates for the most famous individual award in sports that will share the field in Atlanta Saturday night.
The Tide’s Bo Scarborough (14-1) and Jalen Hurts (16-1) have a chance to join recent Heisman winners from Tuscaloosa, Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. But also on the list is FSU quarterback Deondre Francois (18-1) and even, stud safety Derwin James who is listed at 20-1 to start the year. The Noles have obviously had three QBs take home the trophy with Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and most recently, Jameis Winston.
Interesting that USF, who many national analysts and pundits are taking as an unbeaten dark horse College Football Playoff team, was not even on that list at 500-1. Also, left off the Vegas list for Heisman contenders is QB Quinton Flowers (not even at 500-1).
It appears that the only way the Bulls or Flowers will get in the picture is to win a bunch early in the year with him making spectacular highlight plays to get noticed. Stay tuned on that.
Lists are great for conversation, and obviously those odds will go up or down, according to those who are legally betting the teams and players and now, have the games to go on.