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Auburn's 2014 College Football Futures Betting Odds

Auburn’s 2014 College Football Futures Betting Odds

Coach Gus Malzahn’s work in 2013 was beyon expectations, ending their season 3 points short of winning the BCS Championship game after a 3-9 season the year before. Can the Auburn Tigers prove that their 2013 campaign was more than a stroke of luck in a SEC conference packed with talent?

With the new playoff system, the Auburn Tigers are +900 to win the College Football Championship, only behind Florida State (+450) & Alabama (+600). Click here for more College Football week 1 odds and picks.

"Well, we’ve got a lot of our guys coming back, and that’s a good thing," Malzahn said on ESPN SportsCenter during the network’s annual Car Wash. "Four of our five offensive lineman are back. We’re a run, play-action team, and we’ve got a lot of receivers who can make plays down the field. I’m excited."

College Foorball 2014 Future Odds For Auburn

  • Week 1 Odds Arkansas @ Auburn -21
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +900
  • To Win the SEC: +400
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9

How Will Auburn’s Offense Look in 2014?

Tigers QB Nick Marshall is rated +1200 to win the Heisman Trophy this season, and most, including me, expects him to become the best in the entire SEC conference at his position.

Marshall recorded 1759 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions last season, number that can be considered for a game manager, but keep an eye on this; coach Malzahn has never had a starting quarterback returning for a second year on his nine years in College Football; Marshall’s can only get better no his second year under coach Malzahn.

"He’s got a natural throwing motion, he can throw it 75 yards and make all the throws," Malzahn said. "We really felt good after the spring coming out that we could be more balanced."

Auburn’s biggest challenge will be replacing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason in the backfield, who is now in the NFL. Seniors running back Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant have returned for their last year and have the task to emulate what Mason did in 2013, where the team ranked first in the nation in rushing yards (328.3 yards per game).

The Tigers feel comfortable with what they see out of their receiving corps with WR Sammie Coates (38 rec, 841 yards, 7 TDs in 2013) emerging as the number one target, joined by WR Ricardo Louis (26 rec, 297 yards 2 TDs) at the other side of the formation. However, Junior college transfer D’haquille Williams could steal Louis’ job as the number two wideout.

"At least since I’ve been at Auburn, this has been the most talented receiving group we’ve had," Malzahn said. "We’ve got guys who can make plays in one-on-one situations, and if you can run the ball effectively, you’re going to get those."

How Will Auburn’s Defense Look in 2014?

If you take a look at Auburn’s numbers in 2013, Florida State last drive in the BCS Championship game wasn’t a fluke, it was reality for the Tigers, who were 86th in the country in total defense, giving over 420 yards per game.

The team lost defensive end Dee Ford (10.5 sacks in 2013) and cornerback Chris Davis. Carl Lawson, who got four sacks as a true freshman, will replace Ford, and defensive backs Josh Holsey or Jonathon Mincy will be called to fill the place Davis left.

Considering how bad they were a year ago, and this will be the first time the Tigers’ defense won’t have to learn a new scheme under a new coordinator in three years, I expect a major jump in the performance scale this season.

Auburn Tigers 2014 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs Arkansas 4:00 PM ET | SEC NETWORK
  • Saturday, September 6 vs San Jose State 7:00 PM ET | ESPN2 ESPNU
  • Thu, September 18 @ Kansas State 7:30 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Louisiana Tech | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 vs LSU | TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 @ Mississippi St | TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 vs South Carolina | TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Ole Miss | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs Texas A&M | TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Georgia | TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Samford | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 @ Alabama | TBD

Auburn Tigers 2014 Betting Analysis

Coach Gus Malzahn’s main problem is his team lost the element of surprise it helped them steamroll in 2013. Now teams will be prepared for the Tigers, and that could change the landscape for Auburn.

2014 Auburn Tigers Projected Offensive Starters

 

QB

Nick Marshall-Sr

 

RB

Cameron Artis-Payne-Sr

 

HB

..

 

WR

Sammie Coates-Jr

 

WR

Ricardo Louis-Jr

 

WR

Quan Bray-Sr

 

TE

C.J. Uzomah-Sr

 

OT

..

 

OG

Alex Kozan-So

 

C

Reese Dismukes-Sr

 

OG

Chad Slade-Sr

 

OT

Avery Young-So

 

K

..

 

2014 Auburn Tigers Projected Defensive Starters

 

DE

Elijah Daniel-So

 

DT

Montravius Adams-So

 

DT

Gabe Wright-Sr

 

DE

LaDarius Owens-Sr

 

STAR

Robenson Therezie-Sr

 

MLB

Kris Frost-Jr

 

WLB

Cassanova McKinzy-Jr

 

CB

Jonathon Mincy-Sr

 

CB

Johnathan Ford-So

 

BS

Joshua Holsey-Jr

 

FS

Jermaine Whitehead-Sr

 

P

..

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Season Betting Preview

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Season Betting Preview

As long as the Alabama Crimson Tide has coach Nick Saban running the show they will have a shot at the College Football Championship trophy, even if the league is making a change to the playoffs in this 2014 season. Click here for more College Football week 1 odds and picks.

Saban saw an opportunity to leave Tuscaloosa subsequently after he couldn’t make the BCS Championship game for the third year in a row; an improbable loss to Auburn took away the possibility, but despite the huge offer made by the Texans Longhorns to join and lead the program, he maintained his word and stayed with Alabama.

Years ahead of most of the programs, Saban’s recruiting prowess gives Alabama another shot at championship. The Crimson Tide are listed at +600 to win the title on the Sportbet.com’s College Football Future Betting Odds board, only behind current champion: Florida State.

2014 College Football Future Odds For Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Week 1 Odds: West Virginia vs Alabama -27
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +600
  • To Win the SEC Conference: +110

How Will Alabama’s Offense Look in 2014?

Longtime quarterback AJ McCarron is now in the NFL, sad for those of us who won’t get to see the new Mrs McCarron as much as we like. His departure leaves a hole behind center and head coach Saban has yet to name a starter.

Saban’s two options at quarterback are senior Blake Sims, who has been McCarron backup since 2011, and Jacob Coker, who arrived transferred from Florida State.

"Blake Sims has been competing for the position. He really did a pretty good job in the spring. He didn’t play great in the spring game, but we really didn’t do the things that he’s capable of doing", Saban said to ESPN in a recent interview.

"There’s going to be a competition there, as well as some of the younger players will be involved in that competition," he added. "We really can’t make that decision or prediction as to what’s going to happen at that position, but the development of that position, regardless of who the player is, is going to be critical to the success of our team."

Whoever is quarterback this season can be sure will have the help of stud running back T.J. Yeldon, who’s expected to have a big season from the backfield, and rated +1400 to win the Heisman Trophy. Yeldon had 190 carries in 2013, 1163 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns; he’ll be helped by Kenyan Drake, who is use by red zone situations, recording nine touchdowns last season.

In the WR department junior wide receiver Amari Cooper will have a big year as he lead the team with 615 yards; however, he needs to pick up his scoring numbers as he only found the end zone four times last season. At Coopers’s side will be WR DeAndrew White, who decided to stay one more season and avoid the NFL draft.

Alabama will be the same horse we know; they will get things done in the ground and take advantage of the good positioning their defense gives them.

How Will Alabama’s Defense Look in 2014?

Year after year head coach Nick Saban loses a key member of his defensive unit, but the art of it is replacing them with young blood filled with hunger. Saban managed to get defensive linemen Jarran Reed and D.J. Pettway from college transfers, and they will join sophomore end A’Shawn Robinson, who led the team with 5.5 sacks last season.

The middle of the defense lost linebacker C.J. Mosley – Butkus Award winner- and senior Trey DePriest is next in line to fill the spot with leadership. Junior Reggie Ragland and talented sophomore Reuben Foster closes a three linebackers set in a 4-3 formation.

Bama’s biggest concern should be their secondary as junior safety Landon Collins present itself as the only true pass defender in the unit.

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs West Virginia* 3:30 PM ET | ABC ESPN2
  • Saturday, September 6 vs Florida Atlantic 12:00 PM ET | SEC NETWORK
  • Saturday, September 13 vs Southern Miss 6:00 PM ET | ESPN2
  • Saturday, September 20 vs Florida | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 @ Ole Miss | TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 @ Arkansas | TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 vs Texas A&M | TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 @ Tennessee | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 @ LSU | TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 vs Mississippi State | TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs W Carolina | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 vs Auburn | TBD

* Game played at neutral location.

Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Analysis

Alabama didn’t like being cut out of the BCS Championship game last season, especially considering how it went down, leaving a chip on their sholder. Be warned this team will want to make an impact early after the loss of McCarron.

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Projected Offense

QB

Blake Sims-Sr

RB

T.J. Yeldon-Jr

WR

Amari Cooper-Jr

WR

DeAndrew White-Sr

WR

Christion Jones-Sr

TE

Brian Vogler-Sr

OT

..

OG

Aric Kouandjio-Sr

C

Ryan Kelly-Jr

OG

..

OT

Austin Shepherd-Sr

K

Adam Griffith-So

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Projected Defense

DE

A’Shawn Robinson-So

NG

Brandon Ivory-Sr

DE

Jonathan Allen-So

SLB

Dillon Lee-Jr

MLB

Trey DePriest-Sr

WLB

Reggie Ragland-Jr

JACK

Denzel Devall-Jr

CB

Bradley Sylve-Jr

CB

Cyrus Jones-Jr

SS

Landon Collins-Jr

FS

Geno Smith-Jr

STAR

Jarrick Williams-Sr

P

..

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Updated 2014 College Football Week 1 Odds & Picks

After watching Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles win the 2013 NCAA college football National Championship in an absolute thriller over No. 2 Auburn, college football fans across the globe are gearing up for what promises to be a season unlike any other.

You see, with the introduction of a brand new four-team playoff system for the upcoming 2014 regular season, college football will have a new look and feel at the Division-I level for the first time in history.

You can get an early jump on your NCAAF betting action thanks to this expert analysis and betting breakdown on the latest and greatest College Football Week 1 Odds.

College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Thursday, Aug. 28

Wake Forest 7.5 at Louisiana-Monroe

Wake Forest recorded pitiful 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS records last season, but should be primed to cakewalk all over Louisiana Monroe in their 2014 opener, even though the smaller Sun Belt rival War Hawks went 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS a year ago. Wake will battle a Louisiana-Monroe team that allowed a whopping 30.2 points per game defensively a year ago, which is why I like the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to win and cover the spread with room to spare in Week 1.

South Carolina 9 over Texas A & M

Texas A&M went 9-4 SU and 5-8 ATS this past season but they’re going to be a different team all together without the electrifying Johnny Manziel at the helm. I’m going on record right now to urge you to back Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks in this regular season opener, mostly because the Gamecocks have been able to consistently put points on the board under Spurrier. South Carolina went 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS a year ago and I like them to get their 2014 campaign off on the right foot by lighting up the scoreboard and get the convincing road win and accompanying ATS victory over the rebuilding Aggies.

College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Saturday, Aug. 30

Penn State 3.5 vs. Central Florida in Dublin

The Nittany Lions have a new head coach in widely-respected former Vanderbilt leader James Franklin and they should be able to easily win this contest over a rebuilding Central Florida team that went 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS a year ago but needs to replace starting quarterback Blake Bortles. These two programs are vastly different in size, history – and roster talent and these differences will show in this contest. Penn State went just 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS, but they also had one the best recruiting classes of any program in the nation and reportedly love Franklin’s approach to the game. Take the Nittany Lions to win and cover the spread with room to spare!

Ohio State 17.5 at Navy

The Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-2 SU and 6-7-1 ATS a year ago while Navy compiled a very respectful 9-4 SU mark last season and an even more impressive 10-3 ATS mark. Still, these teams are miles apart in their respective talents levels, not to mention the fact that Ohio State is looking to contend for a national championship under mostly unlikable head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will have starting quarterback Braxton Miller back on the field after the gifted former started missed last season because of academics and they like to run up the score under the often disrespectful Meyer. I can see them doing so in an effort to sway voters’ minds. Take the Buckeyes.