College Football Odds Longshot Teams To Consider in 2015

College Football Longshot Teams To Consider in 2015

Written by on March 6, 2015

The 2015 College Football season doesn’t kick off until Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, and just like NFL bettors who are already placing future wagers, NCAA Football betting enthusiasts can start getting in on the college football betting action. So far, online betting sites such as have released college football future odds for winning the 2016 college football championship game, as well as odds for the five major NCAA football conference championships, and even the 2015 first week college football lines. So, if betting on the futures isn’t your cup of tea, you can still have your chance to check out the first week games and wager on their NCAAF lines.Between now and September, a lot of things could definitely change, thus influencing the nature of the future odds, but it sure doesn’t hurt to know or even place early wagers on the NCAAF betting lines. With that in mind, let’s dive straight into the rich waters of college football betting longshots and find out what the lines can fish out the best catches for NCAA football betting fans.

College Football Odds Longshot Teams To Consider in 2015

Preliminary Note

After winning the first ever  championship game, oddsmakers quickly decided to place the Buckeyes as favorites to once again win the national trophy in 2016. Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Florida State, LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, Mississippi State and Oklahoma complete the best NCAAF odds list after Ohio State.At the very bottom of the list, the teams placed at long odds to win the 2016 national championship include Oregon State, Wake Forest, NC State, Purdue, Syracuse, Kentucky, Indiana, California, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Of these long odds, and many teams placed in the long odds of the early NCAAF lines, it doesn’t look like there is a lot of promise for any of the teams to come out the bottom pile and win the national championship, even if most fans of these teams are dreaming and strongly hoping for such miracles.However, in the early odds for the 2015 odds for the NCAA football conference championships, there a good number of lucratively appealing college football longshots that are bound to wet your appetite as well as long odds worth betting.

Odds to Win the 2015 ACC Championship:

  • Clemson +250
  • Florida State +300
  • Georgia Tech +400
  • Virginia Tech +800
  • Duke +800
  • Louisville +800
  • NC State +1000
  • Miami FL +1500
  • Pittsburgh +1500
  • North Carolina +2000
  • Boston College +3000
  • Virginia +3000
  • Syracuse +6000
  • Wake Forest +6000
Even with the departure of Clemson’s defensive maestros Stephone Anthony, Grady Jarrett and the renowned Vic Beasley from Clemson’s defense, Coach Dabo Swinney brought in 26 players in his top-5 recruiting class, 15 of whom play in the defense. With QB Deshaun Watson likely to be fully recovered from his ACL surgery by the start of next season, Clemson will undeniably be the team to watch in the ACC, particularly with FSU’s heart-and-soul Jameis Winston seeking a new home in the NFL. Georgia Tech, as suggested by their price, should also be a team to watch.However, as far as long odds are concerned, I’d go with Louisville at +800. I know the Cardinals are not that much of a longshot, considering they are placed above more than five teams in the conference odds, but their outside chance (according to me) qualifies them a longshot, sort-of. Though DeVante Parker’s loss will sting the team, Bobby Petrino will still have his top rusher and quarterback, plus 15 other starters, so the ACC teams won’t have it easy, especially when they visit the Papa John’s Stadium.Note: The ACC title game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Odds to win 2015 Big Ten Championship

  • Ohio State -150
  • Michigan State +1500
  • Wisconsin +800
  • Nebraska +1100
  • Minnesota +1200
  • Michigan +1300
  • Penn State +1700
  • Iowa +2200
  • Rutgers +2500
  • Maryland +3000
  • Northwestern +5500
  • Indiana +6000
  • Illinois +6000
  • Purdue +8000
Okay, I’ll have to skip talking about Ohio State and Michigan State, who as we all know, have been the crème de la crème of the Big Ten over the recent years. The expected strong show of both teams in 2016 is therefore nothing new and the fans of both teams can tell you more about their players, coaches and all.Now, onto my gem, the longshot to pick here, I’ll go for Michigan at +1500. Yes, Michigan finished 2014 with a 5-7 record and ranked poorly in offense. But then, Michigan will be having 16 starters back in the team, which should make it easy for them to gel easily. More importantly, the Wolverines have the master key needed to unlock any doors that may have been previously shut.That key is their new coach Jim Harbaugh, the highly decorated former San Francisco coach who parted ways with the 49ers at the end of the 2014 season. Harbaugh’s is a master at revolutionizing teams and you can read all about his highly-decorated curriculum vitae here. After coaching tough-headed men and leading them to a lot of success, he should be able to do the same (or even better) with the young college football lads. So, if there’s ever a team that will be sure to turn heads next year, it will be Harbaugh’s team.Note: The Big Ten title game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Odds to win 2015 Big 12 Championship

  • TCU +200
  • Baylor +225
  • Oklahoma +500
  • Oklahoma State +500
  • Kansas State +1000
  • West Virginia +1300
  • Texas Tech +1500
  • Texas Longhorns +800
  • Iowa State +2000
  • Kansas +8000
Much of the talk about the Big 12 has been about TCU and Baylor, and rightfully so, considering that 10 starters in TCU’s explosive offense (including Trevone Boykin) will be returning next year, while Baylor returns with 17 starters. For Baylor, losing QB Bryce Petty will be challenging, but I hear (and read) that QB Sell Russell is experienced enough to fill Petty’s shoes and partner efficiently with WR KD Cannon.In the long odds, It’s hard to see any other team in this conference measuring up to the Horned Frogs and Bears, but if you are really looking for any other team apart from the two (and with a good payout), I’d point you in the direction of Texas at +800. Charlie Strong’s first full recruiting class ranked impressively in the top 10 of ESPN’s rankings, led by five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson. With such additions, Strong should be able to give a strong showing (no pun intended) in the Big 12 next year.Note: No title game in Big 12. In case of a tie, a tiebreaker will be used to get the highest CFP final ranking.

Odds to win 2015 Pac-12 Championship

  • Oregon +200
  • UCLA +450
  • USC +450
  • Arizona +550
  • Stanford +600
  • Arizona State +600
  • Utah +900
  • California +2000
  • Washington +3000
  • Oregon State +4000
  • Washington State +4000
  • Colorado +6000
After regretfully sliding out of last year’s championship picture, Stanford is likely to come out breathing fire in 2016. Meanwhile, Oregon will probably struggle a lot due to the loss of QB Marcus Mariota, CB Ekpre-Olomu and Hroniss Grasu. Unless they bring in an effective want-out like Ohio State’s QB Braxton Miller (and not that new QB I can’t even remember his name), they won’t be tasting the playoffs. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles teams (UCLA and USC) brought in some great additions, so it makes sense that they are up there in the odds. But what about our longshots?Like the Big 12, Pac-12’s big boys are likely to crowd out the so-called underdogs, making it hard for them to rise. But as a viable kind-of longshot, take the Utah Utes at +900. Devontae Booker is a proven running back and 15 Utah starters will be back next year. If you add the Utes’ hard-grinding, tempo-dictating type of game to the equation, you get the full recipe for a real winner in Utah.Note: The Pac-12 title game is slated for Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at the Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Odds to win 2015 SEC Championship

  • Alabama +250
  • Georgia +400
  • Auburn +400
  • Mississippi +400
  • LSU +1000
  • Tennessee +1200
  • Arkansas +1200
  • Missouri +1300
  • Mississippi State +1500
  • Texas A&M +1500
  • Florida +2500
  • South Carolina +2500
  • Kentucky +7500
  • Vanderbilt +10000
As usual, we were saving the best for last! In the SEC, it is real simple… so mark these words—if there’ll ever be a team to win the SEC next year, be sure that it won’t be Bama. With only two starters returning in the offense and seven starters returning in the defense, Alabama needs a major overhaul, which needs time to blend properly. Now, although I don’t doubt Nick Saban picking up at least 10 wins, as he’s been doing, a couple of losses (probably three or four) will keep them down. Auburn, on the other hand, has all the hallmarks of rising to the helm of the SEC. If it doesn’t, it will be only ’coz of their own (un)doing, or because Georgia and Mississippi beat them to the finish line in 2015. LSU and Arkansas… look for them in the not-bad-not-good category a.k.a average seasons, with a couple of “big” wins to spoil things for the “big boys”.Onto our longshots, I’ll give you more than one…now that we are in the mighty SEC. After Mississippi State and Missouri played very strongly last year, and with the improvements they’ve made in the offseason, they are probably the best and hottest early NCAA football betting longshots in the entire league. Missouri is at +1300, while Mississippi State is at +1500. The simple truth here is that Mississippi State, just like Mizzou, is largely underrated, so while we are talking of SEC darkhorses, sleepers and all, ensure that you keep the two teams strongly in mind. As another up-and-coming team worth remembering in the long odds, keep an eye out for Tennessee at +1200. For their case, the Vols have 19 starters returning, and although they are a very young team, they showed a lot of improvements last year. Most notably, their QB Josh Dobbs is as real as it gets, while Jalen Hurd and Pig Howard showed a lot of mesmerizing skills in 2014. You are allowed to dream all you want, but don’t dare sleep on Tennessee, particularly in the SEC East.Note: The SEC title game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia