When it comes to college football and Las Vegas, there are many wagers available, depending on your level of interest and risk tolerance. One such area is win totals, which has already been discussed in full in previous articles.
Instead, this article takes a closer look at prop bets. In particular those prop bets that could offer value based on current odds. Prop bets are different from win totals, as they range from picking conference champions to award winners and other things. Using 5Dimes Sportsbook for current values, most of the selections you will see here are either the underdog play or of a reasonable value.
TCU makes the College Football Playoff (+190)
The Horned Frogs return the majority of a potent offense from last season. They also have a schedule that is very conducive for them to make the College Football Playoff. TCU plays Baylor at home while its non-conference slate consists of Minnesota, SMU and Stephen F. Austin. The Big 12 being left out of the Playoff last year, may actually help the Horned Frogs in 2015.
Cody Kessler wins the Heisman Trophy (+1250)
Kessler put up very good numbers last year, throwing 39 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The Trojans may have to rely on their passing game and with the chances they'll be in the mix for a Pac-12 title that means there will be plenty of opportunities for Kessler to impress the voters. Defenses in the conference are mighty shaky, and the same can be said for the majority of USC’s non-conference matchups as well.
Virginia Tech to win the ACC Coastal (+185), ACC Title (+575)
The Hokies have the best defense in the conference with talent all over that side of the ball. Kendall Fuller is a lockdown corner while Dadi Nicholas, Ken Ekanem and Luther Maddy will get pressure on the quarterback. The offense is the big question mark, but quarterback Michael Brewer got a full offseason to get a better grasp of the system. The road slate in the ACC is manageable with the toughest game in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has had the Yellow Jackets’ number.
Nebraska to win the Big Ten West (+230)
The West will probably come down to Wisconsin and Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers hosting the Badgers on Oct. 10. Nebraska also gets Michigan State at home and has several winnable road games. If quarterback Tommy Armstrong can continue to develop as a passer and limit the turnovers, this offense could be tough to stop. The Huskers also could use a vintage Blackshirt defense to emerge.
Western Kentucky to win the C-USA (+290)
As I documented in my C-USA win total article, I like the Hilltoppers and their chances this season. They have the best offense in the conference as well as a defense that’s on par with the other teams. My one concern is Western Kentucky’s schedule and the grouping of road games. Quarterback Brandon Doughty is a fun quarterback and there's no reason he can't lead these guys to a conference title.
Tennessee to win the SEC East (+250)
The Volunteers are the flavor of the week entering the 2015 season. A lot of prognosticators are predicting them to win a lot of games, yet you can get some value in taking Tennessee to win the East, which doesn’t appear to be that difficult. The Vols host Georgia at home in October, which is advantageous considering the Bulldogs are the heavy favorites in the division. But Tennessee could play spoiler on the strength of 17 returning starters and momentum from last season’s strong finish.
— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.