New Places Familiar Faces in College FootballPosted by: Mike Davis
With NCAA football kicking off later this month, college football betting fans are checking the latest news making sure any changes don’t affect their future picks. While the NFL may be a faster paced game than college ball, the management aspect of NCAA football is certainly crazier than its professional counterpart. While it may be true that the recruiting aspect is just as intense in the NFL as it is in the collegiate level, professional football teams don’t have to deal with a graduating class every year. Throw in academics, coaching changes, and transfers and college football betting fans can begin to see the mayhem that is running a team that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Coaching changes are a dime a dozen in the NCAA and it’s important for those looking to make money by betting on sports to keep up with the latest managerial changes in college football. With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the biggest head coaching changes going into this year´s NCAA football season.
Mark Richt is leaving the University of Georgia after 15 years at the helm and will be heading to his alma mater, the University of Miami. Richt´s resume isn’t overly impressive, there´s not much too it other than 2 SEC titles and a 9 – 5 bowl record. Although he received a two year extension earlier in the year and ended the season on a high note by beating Georgia Tech 13 – 7, Georgia still decided to part ways with their longtime coach. The Hurricanes are coming off an 8 – 5 record and their college football betting odds sit at +1075 to win the ACC Championship game.
One of the best things about college football is the intense rivalries that it enables. Rivalries between schools give birth to some of the best entertainment that sports has to offer. Perhaps even more exciting is the rivalries that can occur between a mentor and a former protégé. This it the case for Kirby Smart who will be leaving his post as defensive coordinator at Alabama in order to take the reins at the University of Georgia. Smart had been with legendary coach Nick Saban since 2007 and had served as the defensive coordinator since´08. There is no doubt the former mentorship will turn into a fierce rivalry as both are coaching teams in the SEC. Saban has yet to be outsmarted by a former protégé and it will be interesting to see how Smart fares against him.
Syracuse Orange football is coming off a 4 – 8 season and will be calling on a fresh face to lead them in 2016. That face is none other than Dino Babers who currently has a record of 37 – 16 as a head coach. Babers spent the last year at Bowling Green and has also coached at Eastern Illinois. Syracuse´s odds currently sit +20000 to win the ACC championship game and considering that they´re in the same division as Clemson, it´s not likely that they will.