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TCU among top betting favorites for CFP national championship

TCU head football coach Gary Patterson speaks to reporters during media day at the school in Fort Worth on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (Star-Telegram/Khampha Bouaphanh)
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson speaks to reporters during media day at the school in Fort Worth on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. (Star-Telegram/Khampha Bouaphanh) Star-Telegram

TCU, which begins the college football season at No. 2 in the coaches preseason poll, is considered among the top three favorites to win the national championship based on odds released today by Bovada Sports Book.

The Horned Frogs, who finished 12-1 last season, received 7-1 odds to win the 2015 national championship. Only the defending champs from Ohio State, at 11-4, received better odds. TCU and Alabama both received 7-1 odds to claim this year’s title.

Baylor, an 11-2 team that shared last year’s Big 12 championship with TCU, received 20-1 odds, the sixth-best among contenders for this year’s national title. Baylor will begin the season ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll, which was released last week.

TCU and Baylor narrowly missed out on last year’s four-team College Football Playoff bracket and return lots of starters from those teams. TCU has 15 returning starters, including QB Trevone Boykin, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Baylor returns 17 starters, including three All-America candidates in its respective lines (DE Shawn Oakman, DT Andrew Billings, OT Spencer Drango).

College teams begin fall drills this week, with TCU already in camp. Baylor’s first practice is Thursday. Among teams with Texas or Big 12 connections, others receiving odds to claim the 2015 national championship included Oklahoma (28-1), Texas A&M (50-1), Texas (100-1), Oklahoma State (100-1), Kansas State (100-1) and Texas Tech (500-1).

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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