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Jayhawks facing long odds yet again during upcoming football season
As the beginning of fall camp draws near and preseason predictions pop up just about everywhere you look, the Kansas University football program continues to see the odds of a decent season stacked against it.
Earlier today, I received an email from the folks at www.bovada.lv with the updated odds on each school's chances of winning its respective conference this season.
Not surprisingly, KU was the biggest of the long shots in the Big 12, at 100-1. If you scroll through the rest of the conferences you'll see that they capped the longest odds at 100-1, which I suppose makes sense for the oddsmakers but seems a little off from where I sit.
Don't get me wrong here; I think KU will be a much improved team in 2013 and I'm fully expecting the Jayhawks to win a Big 12 game or two. But if I'm putting down any money on the Jayhawks to win the entire conference, I'd sure like to see my payout be greater than 100-1 if they actually pulled it off.
For the record, I'm not betting on KU or anyone else to win the Big 12 this season, but I did pick Texas on my preseason ballot.
Inside the program, KU coach Charlie Weis and his staff and players will continue to use things like this as motivation. They know that nobody outside of the walls of their football complex believes KU will be much more competitive this season in the conference than they have been in the past few.
But they also believe — even if they aren't saying it — that those people will be wrong.
As you know, KU was picked to finish 10th in the 10-team Big 12 by the media. And most of the preseason college football magazines I've scanned have the Jayhawks slotted in the cellar, as well.
But I have heard, oh-so-quietly, from a few people out there who are willing to say that KU will be the surprise team in the Big 12 this season. What that means is not exactly clear. By calling them the "surprise team" they could be saying that most people expect them to win zero games and they see them winning 3 or 4. They could also be calling them a surprise team because they believe they can finish in the top half of the league. Who knows?
The good news here is that, a week from tomorrow, we'll begin the quest to finding out, as KU's fall camp opens and the season officially gets under way.
In the meantime, here's a look at the rest of those odds in the other major conferences.
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma State 5/2
Kansas State 12/1
Texas Tech 25/1
West Virginia 25/1
Iowa State 40/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 American Athletic Conference
South Florida 33/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Atlantic Coast Conference
Florida State 5/2
Virginia Tech 15/2
North Carolina 8/1
Georgia Tech 12/1
North Carolina State 50/1
Boston College 75/1
Wake Forest 100/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Big Ten Conference
Ohio State 5/6
Michigan State 15/2
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Mountain West Conference
Boise State 7/5
Fresno State 2/1
Utah State 11/2
San Diego State 13/2
San Jose State 10/1
Colorado State 33/1
Air Force 40/1
New Mexico 100/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Pac-12 Conference
Arizona State 9/1
Oregon State 10/1
Washington State 50/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Southeastern Conference
South Carolina 9/2
Texas A&M 15/2
Ole Miss 33/1
Mississippi State 75/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Mid American Conference
Northern Illinois 13/10
Bowling Green 7/2
Ball State 5/1
Kent State 15/2
Western Michigan 33/1
Central Michigan 40/1
Eastern Michigan 75/1
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Conference USA
East Carolina 15/4
Middle Tennessee 12/1
Louisiana Tech 15/1
North Texas 20/1
Southern Miss 20/1
Florida Atlantic 28/1
Florida International 33/1