According to Bovada, North Dakota is favored to win the national championship, though just barely.
The perennial powers come in hot after eliminating Northeastern and Michigan last weekend, and go in to the Frozen Four in Tampa with odds of +210 (meaning a $100 wager would pay out $210).
Reflecting the strength of all four teams in the field and the fact that there's no real "underdog," the odds for all four teams are very, very close, with the longest shot, Denver, at +275.
Quinnipiac is favored slightly over Boston College. The Bobcats' current line is +220, while BC is at +240.
Last year, there was a little more of a spread in the odds, as BU was pretty clearly the favorite to win. The Terriers' line going in to the Frozen Four was +160. North Dakota came in at +250. Nebraska Omaha was +300, while eventual champion Providence was +325.
Clearly, this Frozen Four is considered much more wide open than last year's was, though of course as we all know it was the longest shot that ended up winning last season.
The Frozen Four gets underway next Thursday in Tampa, with BC facing Quinnipiac at 5 PM on ESPN2.