NCAA Football 2012 Major Conference Contenders
- Updated: July 10, 2012
NCAA Football- 2012 Major Conferences Overview
The start of the 2012 college football season is still a little over two months away but the excitement is already building around which teams will rise to the top in each of the six major conferences. The following is a brief look at a couple of the top contenders for each conference.
The Florida State Seminoles are clearly the front-runner to win the ACC this season and many college football experts believe that the overall talent on this team should have the Seminoles right in the thick of the national title picture. Bovada opened Florida State at 12/1 to win it all this year and it is currently the sixth-favorite in the most recent odds. The second-favorite to win the conference is a toss-up between Virginia Tech and Clemson. The Hokies have been opened at 30/1 to win the BCS title and the Tigers are at 33/1.
Many college football fans are beginning to question if the Big East can even be considered a major anymore with the loss of West Virginia to the Big 12 and the impending loss of Pittsburgh to the ACC in 2013. The cream of what is left of the crop for this season appears to be the Cincinnati Bearcats. They are coming off a 10-3 campaign in 2011 and return a good deal of talent for another strong run this season.
Ohio State is on the shelf for the 2012 season due to NCAA sanctions, so the race for the conference title could very well come down to an early December matchup between Michigan and Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Wolverines have been opened at 22/1 to win the national title, which are the best odds of any team in the conference. The Badgers have the best odds in the Leaders Division at 50/1.
Look for Oklahoma to once again be the top dog in the Big 12 this season after ending-up fourth in the conference last season. The Sooners have reloaded on both sides of the ball and have been opened as the fourth-favorite at 10/1 to win a national championship. Texas is another team looking to bounce back from a disappointing season where is went 4-5 in conference play. The Longhorns are the next favorite from the Big 12 to win a national title at 28/1. Newcomer West Virginia has been opened as the third-favorite at 30/1.
USC has served its NCAA-imposed two-year ban from postseason play and is ready to throw a coming-out party as the odds-on-favorite at 3/1 to win this year’s national championship. Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley is back at quarterback and the Trojans’ defense has been retooled for a title run. Standing in the way could be last season’s conference champion; the Oregon Ducks. They have been opened at 11/1 to win it all and return a good portion of the roster that posted a 12-2 record in 2011.
After winning the BCS title the last six seasons, there is no shortage of contenders in the SEC to extend this streak to seven. LSU remains at the top of the heap at 5/1 to avenge last season’s loss in the championship game, but Alabama is right on the Tigers’ heels at 11/2 to successfully defend its 2011 title. Georgia appears ready to jump back in the fray at 14/1 after winning the SEC-East last season and despite its off-field issues Arkansas is the fourth-favorite out of the conference to win it all at 20/1.
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