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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Alabama Has It All Again And Is Solid Favorite To Win 2nd Straight NCAA Football Championship - Tide Open Season Sept. 1 Against Michigan

South Carolina Has Most Talent, Quality Depth And Sleeper To Win 1st National Title, While Longhorns Football's Biggest Underachievers

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By Kelso Sturgeon

While the main focus of sports bettors is on the National Basketball Association playoffs and Major League Baseball I have set aside two hours each day to work on the coming football season and it is already obvious Alabama will field the best team among the 120 that compete at the NCAA Division I level. It would be my suggestion to take the 5-1 futures price on the Crimson Tide-a number my figures say is a bargain for a team that has won two of the last three national championships.

Blue chip talent and outstanding coaching wins national titles and Alabama certainly has both. Head Coach Nick Saban will be going for his third title in the past nine years, having also got the job done at LSU in 2003.

My figures say Alabama should be the 9-5 favorite to take home to Tuscaloosa the school's 19th national championship. The figures also sprung a major surprise by revealing South Carolina has the most blue-chip talent and quality depth of all 120 teams. The Gamecocks are listed at anywhere from 30-1 to 42-1 to win their first title and needless to say I have taken a futures saver on them.

Head coach Steve Spurrier won a championship at Florida in 1996

The figures also give big numbers to Texas, Auburn, Southern California and Florida State. Those same figures say Texas needs to step up and be counted again among the game's elite. The Longhorns have over the past two seasons accomplished less with more than any team in college football. Texas went 8-5 last season while losing three of its last four regular-season games, with the losses coming at Missouri, 17-5, at home to Kansas State, 17-13, and at Baylor, 48-24.

The season before, Texas went 5-7 with its only win in its last six games a 51-17 victory over Florida Atlantic, a 21 ½-point underdog.

Texas had the talent in 2010 and 2011 to contend for the national title and it never happened-didn't even come close-and one has to ask if the world has passed by Head Coach Mack Brown.

It is all just food for thought and I will be back here at least once a week to share what I find as I continue to get ready for the coming season.

Mark September 1 on your calendar right now and get ready to watch what could be one of the best games of the season-the matchup in Arlington, Texas, between Alabama and Michigan.

I make Alabama -9 ½.

Odds To Win 2012 College Football Championship

Here is an alphabetical list of odds on teams to win the 2012 national championship. The odds are from the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) and show both opening odds and current numbers.

Team Opening Odds Current Odds
Alabama 6-1 5-1
Arizona 500-1 500-1
Arizona State 200-1 500-1
Arkansas 15-1 25-1
Auburn 75-1 100-1
Baylor 100-1 500-1
Boise State 60-1 40-1
Boston College 500-1 500-1
BYU 200-1 200-1
California 200-1 300-1
Cincinnati 500-1 500-1
Clemson 30-1 30-1
Florida 75-1 60-1
Florida State 15-1 15-1
Georgia 12-1 12-1
Georgia Tech 200-1 300-1
Illinois 300-1 300-1
Iowa 200-1 200-1
Kansas State 100-1 200-1
LSU 7-2 5-1
Louisville 300-1 300-1
Michigan 30-1 30-1
Michigan State 30-1 40-1
Mississippi State 100-1 100-1
Missouri 100-1 100-1
Nebraska 40-1 40-1
N.C. State 300-1 300-1
Notre Dame 30-1 30-1
Oklahoma 8-1 7-1
Oklahoma State 100-1 100-1
Oregon 8-1 8-1
Penn State 100-1 100-1
South Carolina 30-1 30-1
South Florida 500-1 500-1
Stanford 100-1 200-1
TCU 60-1 60-1
Tennessee 100-1 200-1
Texas 30-1 20-1
Texas A&M 100-1 200-1
UCLA 500-1 500-1
USC 8-1 9-2
Utah 200-1 300-1
Virginia 300-1 300-1
Virginia Tech 25-1 25-1
Wake Forest 200-1 300-1
Washington 200-1 300-1
Washington State 300-1 500-1
West Virginia 30-1 40-1
Wisconsin 60-1 50-1
Field (All Others) 40-1 60-1

(No futures betting line is currently being offered on Ohio State, pending the outcome of several matters)

SEC Goes For 7th Straight Championship

The Southeastern Conference-the only true power conference in college football-has won the last six national championship games and thus it is no surprise a team from the SEC is favored to win it all again. Last season the 1-2 teams in the SEC-Alabama and LSU-played for the national title, with the Crimson Tide winning, 21-0.

Just in case you care to know which school has won the most national football title, please be advised that honor falls to Princeton with 28, with Yale in second place at 22. Michigan holds down the third spot with 22 championships while Notre Dame weighs in with 21, with Alabama in the fifth spot with 18.

Let this column serve as a reminder that the football season is coming and that I am already getting ready with the intention of having my greatest football season ever.

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