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With the college football betting campaign starting in just four days, everyone is asking themselves who will win all of the conferences across the country. Here at Bankroll Sports, we have all of what you need to know before placing your NCAA football betting futures for the season. Check out our conference winners across the board, with odds brought to you by BetUS Sportsbook.
ACC: The old guard in the ACC should be ready and raring to go in 2010, but that doesn't mean that everything is going to work according to plan. Remember when the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles were expected to play for this conference championship every single year? This could be the year. FSU seems to have a great chance of winning the ACC Atlantic Division, as it plays its toughest games at home (we're looking at you, Clemson) and dodges Virginia Tech. However, Miami has a brutal schedule to deal with. Georgia Tech and North Carolina will both be tough, but we're going to go with Virginia Tech this year. The Hokies, under Frank Beamer and senior QB Tyrod Taylor will probably be the best overall squad in this conference. Back Virginia Tech (+300 at BetUS Sportsbook) to win the ACC.
Big XII: This is a simple conference to decide, as only the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas Longhorns, and Oklahoma Sooners legitimately have a chance to capture the conference crown. These aren't particularly strong odds on Nebraska at +200, as Big Red will probably be around that size underdog against either OU or Texas in the Big XII title game. Instead, Oklahoma probably has the best shot of pulling this all off. Winning the Red River Rivalry will be the key for the Sooners, who dodge the Huskers in the regular season. Oklahoma will take care of Texas to set up that showdown with Nebraska, a game which it will win to go back to the BCS. Oklahoma (+125 at BetUS Sportsbook) is the choice in the Big XII.
Big East: Why is everyone so high on West Virginia this season? The Mountaineers, Huskies, and Panthers are the three co-favorites to win this wacky conference, but we aren't so sure why. What did the Cincinnati Bearcats do wrong all of a sudden? They get to host U-Pitt this year to end the regular season and still have a stud of a quarterback in Zach Collaros. Cincinnati's schedule is difficult understandably, but when push comes to shove, new head coach Butch Jones knows what he is doing having already followed in Brian Kelly's footsteps once before. This will be the easiest coaching transition in the country. Grabbing Cincinnati (+500 at BetUS Sportsbook) at these types of odds is a great idea.
Big Ten: Don't be so certain that this is a conference that belongs to the Buckeyes this year. Yes, Ohio State clearly has the most talented team in the Big Ten, but we aren't so certainly that QB Terrelle Pryor really has what it takes to compete for a Heisman Trophy and to bring OSU to another Rose Bowl. Instead, take a look at what Kirk Ferentz has going in the cornfields of Iowa. The Hawkeyes return 18 of their 22 starters from a year ago, and unlike last season when they had to travel to Happy Valley, Camp Randall, and the Horseshoe, all three of Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State have to come to Kinnick Stadium this year. Remember, if QB Ricky Stanzi stayed healthy, Iowa probably ran the table last season, including a win at OSU. The Badgers are nice dark horses this year, but when push comes to shove, Iowa and Ohio State are deciding the Big Ten title, and we aren't backing down. Go with Iowa (+250 at BetUS Sportsbook).
Pac-10: What a wild conference this could be this year! USC is out of the mix with its bowl eligibility stripped, and Oregon is going to be playing without QB Jeremiah Masoli this year after he was kicked off the team during the winter. Still, the Ducks are the favorite to win the Pac-10 and our choice to win the conference. The Quack Attack still has a great ground game with sophomore RB LaMichael James, and new starting QB Nathan Costa will prove quickly that he is capable of running this high flying offense. The Ducks to have to travel to Corvallis this year for the Civil War against their instate rivals from Oregon State, but even a loss in that one shouldn't hold them back from the Rose Bowl for a second straight year. There will be roses in the future for Oregon (+125 at BetUS Sportsbook).
SEC: Anything short of two games between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators this year would be incredibly disappointing to fans in the SEC. Even though both teams have probably taken a step back from last year, the rest of the SEC is down this season. Alabama might have one of the best offenses in the country, while Florida is still probably the most talented team in the land pound for pound. The bottom line though is that the Crimson Tide have visions of back-to-back National Championships on their mind, and HC Nick Saban is the man that can get the job done. Florida might only have two losses all season long, but those two will probably both come to the Tide. Back Alabama (-105 at BetUS Sportsbook) to win the SEC.
Other BCS Berths: Six conference winners in the BCS still leaves four open spots for teams to join into the mix. It seems like a foregone conclusion that the Boise State Broncos are going to be in the big bowl games this year regardless of whether they lose to Virginia Tech to kick off the season or not. If this team runs the table though, look out. The Blue Field boys are probably going to be playing against Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. We also know that the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to be deserving of a spot in either the Orange Bowl or the Sugar Bowl this year in spite of the fact that they won't win the Big Ten. The other two spots are going to be hard to fill. The TCU Horned Frogs are likely candidates to crash the BCS party again should they win the Mountain West, as there really aren't any other huge teams that stand out from the big conferences. TCU has a big game against Oregon State to start the year that can determine whether or not it will have a chance of playing for all the marbles or not. For the second straight year, expect the loser of the SEC Championship, the Florida Gators to back into the Sugar Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl to round out the top ten bowl berths in the nation.