It's only May, but early odds for the 2013 college football season are starting to come out. The odds for the divisions of the Big Ten, SEC and ACC have been released over at Olympic Sportsbook. Not surprisingly, Clemson is a slight favorite to take the Atlantic Division at -135. Florida State follows closely behind at -120.
It appears to be a two-team race in the Atlantic with the next team in the division, N.C. State, coming in at +800. Boston College is at +1500, followed by Syracuse (+2500), Wake Forest (+2500) and Maryland (+5000). B1G, if true.
In the Coastal Division, Miami (+110) is the favorite to win the division for the first time in program history. Stop me if you've heard this before. North Carolina (+185) has the second worst odds, followed by Virginia Tech (+300), Georgia Tech (+500), Pittsburgh (+1200), Virginia (+1500) and Duke (+3000).
Hard to argue with these early odds as they seemingly follow the predicted order of finish from nearly every college football prognosticator, at least in May. BC is in a group of near indistinguishable programs not named Clemson or Florida State in the Atlantic. I don't see either Syracuse or Pittsburgh challenging for a division crown in their first year in the league and the oddsmakers seem to agree.
While these odds don't project a predicted order of finish, it does give us some baseline of expectations for next season. Fourth place in the Atlantic Division feels about right. Both Syracuse and N.C. State will be similarly breaking in first year coaches, while the Wake Forest and N.C. State games will be at home on the Heights.
What do you think of the odds? Throwing a $20 on Boston College to shock the world and win the Atlantic? Which programs are under- and over-valued?