Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Championship odds

Most of the preseason magazines don't love the 2009 Auburn team. Neither, apparently, does Las Vegas or the oddsmakers.

The odds to win the 2009-10 BCS National Championship are out, and... it isn't pretty for the Tigers.

There are 49 total teams with better odds to win the national championship. That list includes perennial powerhouses like Arizona, Oregon State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and... drumroll please... Southern Mississippi. Ouch.

Auburn is a 150-1 pick to win the BCS National Championship. In case you were wondering, Stanford, Texas A&M and Baylor have the same odds to win it all. Not pretty.

Eight SEC teams have better odds to win the title. Auburn's 150-1 odds place them alongside Vanderbilt and Kentucky, which have the same odds. Making matters worse for Auburn, Vegas oddsmakers made Alabama 10 times more likely (15-1) to win the national title.

So who are the favorites? As you might imagine, Florida (5-2) is the odds-on pick. Oklahoma (9-1), Texas (11-2), Southern California (6-1) and Ohio State (12-1) round out the top-5.

The other SEC odds:
Alabama, 15-1
LSU, 20-1
Ole Miss, 25-1
Georgia, 40-1
Tennessee, 60-1
South Carolina, 75-1
Arkansas, 75-1

Not on the board:
Mississippi State

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