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Nebraska, Tennessee football teams catch eye of oddsmaker

Nebraska’s Imani Cross scored a touchdown in last year’s Foster Farms Bowl.
Nebraska’s Imani Cross scored a touchdown in last year’s Foster Farms Bowl. Tribune News Serivces

Championship odds assigned by bookmakers change shape and direction when announced more than two months before the season begins.

But they’re fun anyway.

Especially when there are a few surprises, like Tennessee as the favorite in the Southeastern Conference East Division. The Volunteers haven’t won a division title since 2007.

And Nebraska as the second choice in the Big Ten West. The Cornhuskers are slotted just behind Iowa in division despite last season’s fourth-place finish and bowl invitation with a 5-7 overall record.

Sports gaming site Bovada unveiled odds for college football conference championships on Wednesday, and most of the favorites are familiar.

Defending national champion Alabama is the SEC pick, Oklahoma the choice in the Big 12 and Clemson in the Atlantic Coast. All participated in the College Football Playoff last season.

Stanford is the choice in the Pac-12. The Big Ten has Ohio State and Iowa as division favorites, but Michigan joins the Buckeyes as the conference championship favorite.

Odds to win division and conference championships:

Big 12

Oklahoma 2/3

Oklahoma State 5/1

TCU 5/1

Baylor 8/1

Texas 17/2

West Virginia 12/1

Kansas State 33/1

Texas Tech 33/1

Iowa State 100/1

Kansas 250/1

SEC East

Tennessee 4/5

Georgia 2/1

Florida 9/2

Missouri 16/1

Kentucky 25/1

South Carolina 25/1

Vanderbilt 25/1

SEC West

Alabama 4/5

LSU 9/4

Auburn 7/1

Mississippi 12/1

Arkansas 14/1

Texas A&M 14/1

Mississippi State 20/1

SEC championship

Alabama 7/4

LSU 7/2

Tennessee 7/2

Georgia 9/1

Mississippi 10/1

Texas A&M 16/1

Auburn 18/1

Florida 18/1

Arkansas 20/1

Kentucky 50/1

Missouri 50/1

Mississippi State 50/1

South Carolina 66/1

Vanderbilt 100/1

ACC Atlantic

Clemson 10/11

Florida State 5/4

Louisville 6/1

N.C. State 14/1

Boston College 40/1

Syracuse 50/1

Wake Forest 50/1

ACC Coastal

Miami 3/2

Pittsburgh 3/1

Virginia Tech 3/1

North Carolina 17/4

Georgia Tech 10/1

Duke 20/1

Virginia 40/1

ACC championship

Clemson 3/2

Florida State 9/4

Miami 9/1

Louisville 10/1

North Carolina 10/1

Big Ten East

Ohio State 1/1

Michigan 5/4

Michigan State 6/1

Penn State 10/1

Indiana 33/1

Maryland 33/1

Rutgers 50/1

Big Ten West

Iowa 1/1

Nebraska 2/1

Wisconsin 4/1

Northwestern 9/1

Minnesota 14/1

Illinois 25/1

Purdue 33/1

Big Ten championship

Michigan 7/4

Ohio State 7/4

Michigan State 7/1

Iowa 9/1

Nebraska 9/1

Wisconsin 14/1

Pac-12 championship

Stanford 3/1

UCLA 7/2

Washington 4/1

Oregon 11/2

Southern California 11/2

Utah 12/1

Washington State 14/1

Arizona 20/1

Arizona State 20/1

California 22/1

Colorado 50/1

Oregon State 50/1

AAC championship

Houston 1/1

South Florida 7/2

Cincinnati 11/2

Temple 15/2

Memphis 11/1

Navy 11/1

Connecticut 20/1

East Carolina 33/1

Tulsa 33/1

SMU 75/1

Central Florida 100/1

Tulane 200/1

Conference USA championship

Southern Miss 9/4

Marshall 11/4

Western Kentucky 7/2

Middle Tennessee 5/1

Louisiana Tech 6/1

Florida Atlantic 16/1

Rice 20/1

UTEP 25/1

Florida International 33/1

Charlotte 100/1

North Texas 100/1

UTSA 100/1

MAC championship

Western Michigan 5/2

Northern Illinois 11/2

Toledo 11/2

Bowling Green 13/2

Akron 15/2

Central Michigan 15/2

Ohio 15/2

Buffalo 14/1

Kent State 14/1

Miami (Ohio) 18/1

Ball State 40/1

Eastern Michigan 100/1

Mountain West championship

Boise State 5/4

San Diego State 11/4

San Jose State 10/1

Air Force 15/2

Utah State 10/1

Colorado State 12/1

Nevada 12/1

New Mexico 18/1

Fresno State 33/1

UNLV 33/1

Hawaii 50/1

Wyoming 50/1

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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