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Best 2015 college football title bets

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are the favorite to repeat. Can they win the title next season? Allen Kee/ESPN Images

For more 2015 predictions, check out Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Early Top 25 and our experts' 2015 Playoff picks.

The 2014 college football season is in the books, with the Ohio State Buckeyes the first national champion of the College Football Playoff era. Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas have wasted no time hanging numbers on next season. We'll take a look at the full list of prices below and sort out the best values from among the favorites and the long shots.


The favorites

Ohio State (9-2)
TCU (7-1)
Alabama (8-1)
Oklahoma, USC, Baylor (12-1)
Oregon (20-1)

Urban Meyer must replace top offensive lieutenant Tom Herman, the new head coach at Houston, but the rest of the staff should return intact, plus impact players like running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Darron Lee are just rising juniors. The nation's top quarterback group, an offensive line that will be even better and an ever-deepening defense round out the recipe that makes the Buckeyes the favorite to repeat.

From this group, though, we'd rather back