There were a couple of national championship contenders that saw their hopes dashed this past Saturday. But that always paves the way for new teams to emerge with a chance to slip into one of the top-two spots in the BCS standings.
Of course, there was order among the top-two teams in the country; that much didn’t change. It’s what transpired behind Alabama and Florida State that could change the future of a handful of teams should either the Crimson Tide or Seminoles slip up over the last couple of games.
The most notable loss was by previously undefeated Baylor. The Bears were blown out on the road by Oklahoma State, and saw their dreams of playing in a national championship gone. Had Baylor won, they would have likely been the No.3 team in the country today. As it stands though, the Bears are now No.9 and not even on the board of Bovada Sportsbook’s latest 2014 BCS Championship betting odds.
There are just six teams that Bovada believes has a chance to win the national championship, though one of them (Oklahoma State) sits back at 100/1. Outside of them though, the payouts on the betting lines aren’t huge underdogs. In fact, Missouri is fifth on the list at 16/1. That’s because the Tigers will get into the SEC Championship game with a win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Missouri would then potentially get a shot at Alabama. Or if Auburn upsets the Crimson Tide, then the Mizzou would face an Auburn team that would be ranked in the top-three. So the chance for big wins is there as well.
The same thing can be said for Auburn, who at 12/1 will get their shot at Alabama in the Iron Bowl this Saturday at home. A victory there, and the Tigers might be able to jump over Ohio State if they go on to win the SEC.
Speaking of the Buckeyes, they come in at 6/1. Ohio State plays Michigan in the regular season finale and then will likely face Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes have the best chance to sneak into the top-two with Alabama or FSU slipping up.
Then come the teams everyone else is chasing. The payouts are almost identical. Alabama is paying out 1 to 1 right now with even money. Florida State’s payout is just over even money, going off at 7/5 ($5 bet wins $7).
Of the two at the top, Alabama has the more difficult schedule by a wide margin. The Crimson Tide will have to beat two top-10 teams to get into the national championship game. The Seminoles have a 4-7 Florida Gators team, followed by either Duke, Virginia Tech, or Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game.