One of the best parts of the college football betting season is right before the action gets underway. Everyone has a clean slate, and projections can be made with conviction given that nothing anyone has said up until that point has been proven wrong. Here is one of those predictions: North Carolina will be a national championship contender in 2010.
Despite being favorites to win the ACC Coastal division, the Tar Heels are just 60-1 favorites to win the BCS Championship. The biggest reason for their high online sports betting odds however, is that prognosticators have not given the North Carolina defense its due as what is shaping to be one of the best in the country. The Tar Heels allowed an average of just 17-points per game a year ago, and return a solid six All-Conference starters. A pair of defensive linemen, a pair of linebackers, and at least one of their cornerback are all projected to go in the first three round of next year’s NFL draft, and with that kind of talent returning for a unit that already ranked among the best in the sport, there is no reason to think that head coach Butch Davis’ team can’t be a contender as long as the offense can hold its own. In his fourth season at the helm, Davis will need to help returning quarterback TJ Yates and an offense that averaged 24 points per game improve, and as long as he can do so, the Tar Heels will be contending for a national title in 2010.