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by Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)
The countdown to kickoff for the 2011 college football season is less than 40 days away. With fall camps opening up in a matter of days, now is another good opportunity to project how the teams will fare this upcoming season.
Athlon has released its top 25 and predictions for all conferences this season, with Oklahoma and Alabama projected to play in the national championship. On Sunday, the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook released its projected win totals for 35 teams. Ohio State and Oregon were not included, largely due to the NCAA investigations at both schools.
Athlon doesn’t condone gambling, but even if you aren’t a fan of Vegas, the weekly lines and numbers are an interesting read for college football fans.
Here’s a look at how the Hilton SuperBook’s projected win totals compare to Athlon’s this season:
|Team||Vegas O/U||Athlon's Projection|
As you can see, there are some differences between Athlon and the Hilton SuperBook's picks. The SuperBook sets its projected total on Notre Dame at 8.5, while Athlon likes the Irish to win 10 games.
Texas A&M is also notable, as Athlon has the Aggies projected to get 10 wins, while the SportsBook has them at 8.5.
Florida State is another team that caught my attention. Athlon projects 12 wins in Jimbo Fisher's second year, while the SuperBook sets the over/under at 9.5.
With significant personnel losses, defending national champ Auburn did not make Athlon's top 25 for 2011 and is projected to barely make a bowl game with six wins. The SuperBook seems to be of the same belief, setting the Tigers over/under total at six.
What does it all mean? Nothing other than some summer reading to pass the time until kickoff.
Below are all of Athlon's projected win totals for 2011.
|Athlon's 2011 Big East Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 Big Ten Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 Big 12 Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 Pac-12 Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 SEC Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 C-USA Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 MAC Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 Mountain West Predictions|
|San Diego State||7|
|Athlon's 2011 Sun Belt Predictions|
|Athlon's 2011 WAC Predictions|
|San Jose State||2|
|New Mexico State||1|