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10 College Football Teams With the Best National Title Chances in 2014

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Teams Most Likely to Win First College Football Playoff

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The BCS era in college football has finally come to an end. Starting in 2014, the College Football Playoff will determine the national champion. Even with the new format, the list of teams with the best odds at finishing on top of the college football world is filled with the usual suspects. With three months left before the start of the college football season, which team has the best odds at finishing as the 2014 National Champion?

10. Wisconsin Badgers

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10. Wisconsin Badgers

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The Badgers are coming off a 9-4 season in 2013, capped by a loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. Wisconsin has QB Joel Stave and RB Melvin Gordon coming back next season, and their defense is annually one of the best in the Big 10.

9. LSU Tigers

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9. LSU Tigers

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LSU won 10 games last season and it was considered a down year on the bayou. Expectations are always high for Les Miles' team, and even with QB Zach Mettenberger, RB Jeremy Hill, and wideouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry gone to the NFL, the Tigers have reloaded with talent.

8. Baylor Bears

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8. Baylor Bears

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Baylor's high-powered offense made waves across the country last season, finishing just one regular season loss away from being in the BCS Championship Game. The Bears scored 41 points or more in 10 of their 13 games last season and could be a serious contender with an improved defense.

7. Michigan State Spartans

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7. Michigan State Spartans

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The Spartans were another team who came dangerously close to making it to the championship game last season. The only blemish on the team's record was a 17-13 loss at Notre Dame. Michigan State established themselves as one of the premier defensive teams in the country last season, and QB Connor Cook will return to spearhead the attack on offense.

6. Auburn Tigers

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6. Auburn Tigers

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Gus Malzahn's crew took the college football world by surprise in 2013. The Tigers' rushing attack couldn't be stopped by anybody, leading them all the way to Pasadena. Even with RB Tre Mason gone to the NFL, Nick Marshall returns at QB and the Tigers have a stable of backs to keep the offense moving in 2014.

5. Oregon Ducks

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5. Oregon Ducks

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The Ducks have owned the uptempo attack on offense for several years, but no other QB has run it better than Marcus Mariota. Now, in his third year with the Ducks, Mariota has a slew of fast backs and receivers who will push the Ducks toward the endzone as fast as possible. If the team continues to improve on defense, they will be hard to keep out of the top five.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

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4. Oklahoma Sooners

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Bob Stoops' team ended the 2013 season on a high note, upsetting favored Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with a breakout performance from QB Trevor Knight. The rising Sophomore carved up the highly touted Crimson Tide defense with 348 yards and four touchdowns through the air. If Knight continues that high level of play into the 2014 season, the Sooners will be tough to beat.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

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3. Alabama Crimson Tide

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The Tide have been a mainstay at the top of the college football ranks for the last five years. Nick Saban's defense churns out NFL talent year after year, and Alabama has a throng of five-star running backs to lead the offense. If they can find a solid replacement for QB A.J. McCarron, they will remain a favorite against every team they face.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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2. Florida State Seminoles

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The Seminoles enter the 2014 season as the defending champions and are bringing back the defending Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, as well. They drop down to #2 on this list due to losing a lot of talent on defense to the NFL Draft along with their defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt.

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

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1. Ohio State Buckeyes

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The Buckeyes will be favored in every regular season game they will play in 2014. They do have to get past Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia Tech, but all their other games are likely to be blowouts. Braxton Miller will be a Heisman candidate and Urban Meyer has recruited a load of talent on defense.