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Early Ranking For The NCAA College Football Season

The start of the 2015 NCAA college football season is five weeks away, and the preseason rankings have just been released. As expected, some of the usual suspects are at the top of the rankings, but the coaches threw in a few surprises too. The best part about the preseason rankings is how different they look at the end of the season, because some of the overrated teams either drop out of the rankings, or fall to where they should have been ranked at the beginning of the year, while the underrated teams at the start of the year, move up in the rankings. Here is a look at some of the top ranked teams in the country, and their chances of winning the national championship.

#1. Ohio State.

Since they are the defending champions, they deserve to be at the top of the rankings, but even if they weren’t the champions, they would still deserve the top spot, because they are probably the most talented team in the country. Ezekiel Elliot is arguably the best running back in the nation, and his performance at the end of last season will make him an early Heisman candidate. The team is also very talented at the quarterback position, with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones competing for the starting job, and former Heisman candidate and two time Big Ten player of the year, Braxton Miller, switching to the wide receiver position. Their odds of winning the national championship are +300.

#2. TCU.

Like Ohio State, TCU is a very talented team that is returning most of the players from last season, when they won the Big 12 championship, but failed to make the playoffs. This year, they will try to keep control their destiny, which means they will be trying to stay undefeated, so they can avoid another situation like the one they faced last year, which left them on the outside looking in. Their odds of winning the national championship are +1000, which is surprising considering how much talent they have returning. If you are going to place a preseason bet on which team will win the championship, TCU provides great value at +1000.

#3. Alabama.

The Crimson Tide will have to find a way to overcome the loss of starting quarterback Blake Sims, running back T.J. Yeldon, and wide receiver Amari Cooper, if they want to win the SEC championship, and put themselves in a position to make the playoffs. The team has a lot of great young talent, but they will have to grow up fast for Alabama to be a contender this year. Their odds of winning the national championship are +750.

#4. Baylor.

The Bears are ranked a little too high as far as I’m concerned, because they lost Bryce Petty to the NFL, and they aren’t a very good defensive team. Like Alabama, they have the talent to replace players like Petty, but the inexperience of the replacement is always going to be a concern. I think they will be the first top 5 team to lose a game. Their odds of winning the national championship are +2000.

#5. Oregon.

Like Alabama and Baylor, Oregon has to replace their quarterback, the only difference is that their quarterback won the Heisman Trophy last season, and will be harder to replace than the others. Oregon has a tough schedule this season, because a lot of the teams in the Pac 12 got better this year, so their chances of repeating as Pac 12 champions don’t look good. Their odds of winning the national championship are +2000.