- Travis Haney, ESPN Staff Writer
A year ago, I was floored to see Miami open at 25-1 to win the BCS title.
Miami? 25-1? Did I slip into a wormhole and land in the 1980s Cane Dynasty?
Vegas was banking on a number of returning starters and the seemingly soft ACC schedule. The Hurricanes looked the part in the first half of the season before devolving into the middle-of-the-road team that many, including myself, anticipated.
For all of the teams that Vegas nails, there are some Miamis in our midst. As spring practices get going across the country, which teams will see their 2014 title odds worsen before the beginning of the season? Who’s going to move? The reigning champs are up first.
Among the favorites ...
Florida State Seminoles (Bovada odds: 4-1)
With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston returning, along with a load of talent, it’s easy to see why the Seminoles would be among the favorites to win the first College Football Playoff.
But there’s something about that word -- easy. Because winning one title is difficult enough. Two straight? Don’t let Alabama fool you into thinking it’s the norm. And then there’s the fact that no one yet knows exactly how much more difficult it will be to win in the playoff era.
FSU is hard to buy at 4-1. Put it this way: Alabama was 5-1 a year ago, when it was going for a third consecutive title. And there’s currently more faith in the Seminoles?