The rich keep getting richer in the NCAA landscape. With signing day completed, a new update has been set for the odds to win the 2015 NCAA Championship. Here is a look at how teams did on signing day and how they are expected to perform next season.
Florida State Seminoles : 5-2
The Seminoles will look to repeat as National Champions and they’ll be given the best odds in the nation to do so. With 16 returning players on both sides of the ball, the most important being Jameis Winston, the Seminoles will have a great chance to run the ACC and make it to the inaugural NCAA Football Tournament. The Seminoles were also able to sign 13 players from the Top 300 of the high school ranks, including Davin Cook, who is the third ranked incoming running back. The Seminoles also have tons of experience that they were able to learn from in their 2014 National Title drive.
Alabama Crimson Tide : 5-1
The Crimson Tide of Alabama are coming off a disappointing season. It’s hard to imagine that, but after losing to Auburn in the regular season, which resulted in them missing the National Championship game, Alabama even failed to win their bowl game. Luckily for them, they are bringing in the top recruiting class in the nation to help them make a run for the 2015 title. Coming to Alabama are stacked defenders, including Cameron Robinson, the number 1 offensive tackle, De’Shawn Hand, the no. 2 defensive end, and Tony Brown, the number two cornerback. Alabama is also getting a big transfer in Jacob Coker, who will be coming over from Florida State. Expect the Tide to be right there next year, especially in a tournament style format that will allow for one-loss teams to potentially still compete.
Oregon Ducks : 5-1
Right there with Alabama, the Oregon Ducks come in at 5-1 odds to win the title next year. Oregon, who is familiar with what it feels like to be a one loss team that misses out on the title game, brings in the third ranked recruiting class this upcoming year. They have Dominique Harrison, Haniteli Lousi and Tui Talia, who are all junior college transfers that will be big additions. And although the Ducks didn’t ranks in terms of top recruiting jobs in the country, with Marcus Mariotta coming back to the Ducks, they are a legit contender. However, they’ll have to watch out for surprise upsets, which have been their downfall in previous years.
Oklahoma Sooners : 12-1
The Sooners ended last season on a high with big wins over Oklahoma State and Alabama. That might’ve been the reason that players like Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, numbers 6 and 17 running backs respectively, as well as Justice Hansen, who is a dual-threat quarterback. The Sooners also added high profile offensive linemen, who will look to protect Trevor Knight, after Blake Bell moved to tight end. The Sooners sit as 12-1 odds to win it all.
Ohio State Buckeyes : 12-1
Urban Meyer used his Florida and SEC connections to recruit in the south over the past year. In the process, he was able to pull the number one linebacker in the nation, Raekwon McMillan from his home state of Georgia. They also got the number eight linebacker, Dante Booker, and the number seven corner, Damon Webb. The defense should be staked this upcoming season, and they’ll hope to keep things going on offense too. Luckily for the Buckeyes, they are in an easier conference, where they have seen success in the last few years
Auburn Tigers : 20-1
The Auburn Tigers will look to repeat their improbable run that put them in the National Championship game against Florida State. However, this year they will have a much bigger target on their back after seeing what they did against Alabama and the run that they gave Florida State. Those performances were enough to convince enough players to bring in a top-10 recruiting class. They also got three junior college transfers in DaVonte Lambert, Derrick Moncrief and D’haquille Williams. They also signed a pair of running backs in Racean Thomas and Kamryn Pettway. The Tigers will look to keep things rolling in the SEC, rather than have a slump like 2012.
LSU Tigers : 20-1
The LUS Tigers were able to sign the number one overall recruit in the nation, which helped them put together the number two recruiting class in college football. Leonard Fournette was the prize of the entire draft, and he’ll expect to make an impact at running back as the number one recruit. They also got the number one wide receiver in Malachi Dupri. Compile that with a few top-five defenders in Jamal Adams, Clifton Garrett and Edward Paris Jr. and you are looking at a tough LSU Tigers squad on both sides of the ball. If they don’t make an impact next year, look for the Tigers to see success with the more experience that they get on the field.
UCLA Bruins: 20-1
The biggest concern for UCLA was whether or not quarterback Brett Hundley would return. When it was announced that he would, this Bruins team immediately becomes a favorite in the Pac 12. They also added a few key recruits on defense, with the likes of Dwight Williams and Zach Whitely, the number eleven and number eight linebackers respectively. With Brett Hundley leading the offensive side of things, expect the Bruins to do well in the Pac 12 and to gain momentum heading into the post season.
Baylor Bears : 20-1
The Bears are quickly become, well, even quicker. Baylor may have picked up what is considered the fastest recruiting class in the country. Included in that was a core of top fifty receivers in KD Cannon, Davion Hall, Chris Platt and Ishmael Zamora. This has to be great news that it wasn’t the Longhorns, or Aggies that were able to pull in these recruits, but instead the Bears were able to get four huge ones in their state. Although Lache Seastrunk left for the NFL, they may be able to fill his shoes with Terence Williams, the number 38th ranked running back.
Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers : 25-1
Both the Spartans and the Badgers will enter next year at 25-1 odds to win the National Championship. Both teams are playing in the Big 10, so it’s likely that it’ll come down to one of them to represent the conference in the national tournament. Michigan State had 22 top recruits sign with them, including the number five defensive tackle Malik McDowell and Gerald Owens, who happens to be the top ranked fullback. The Badgers class was highlighted with the signing of Natrell Jamerson and Krenwick Sanders, both of which are highly ranked receivers.
Other teams to do well on singing day were the USC Trojans (50-1), Texas (50-1), the Iowa Hawkeyes (100-1) and Miami (100-1). We’ll continue to keep an eye out to see what other offseason moves take place to switch around any of these teams odds in the coming year.