2017 FCS National Championship Odds

Odds To Win the FCS National Championship

North Dakota State +225
James Madison +275
Sam Houston State +850
South Dakota State +1200
Jacksonville State +1600
Richmond +1900
Villanova +2300
Wofford +2300
Eastern Washington +2500
North Dakota +2500
Youngstown State +4500
Central Arkansas +5000
Northern Iowa +5000
Charleston Southern +5500
Chattanooga +5500
The Citadel +5500
Illinois State +6000
New Hampshire +6000
Samford +6000
Lehigh +7500
Western Illinois +7500
Cal Poly +8000
South Dakota +9000
Furman +11000
Albany +12500
Northern Arizona +15000
Weber State +15000
Fordham +17500
Liberty +17500
McNeese State +17500
Mercer +17500
Montana +17500
San Diego +17500
Southern Illinois +17500
Southern Utah +17500
Tennessee State +17500
Colgate +20000
Maine +20000
Tennessee Martin +20000
William & Mary +20000

The Favorites

There’s a lot separating the haves from the have-nots in the FCS. North Dakota State and James Madison are the overwhelming favorites to win the national title with how much talent they have returning. These two teams squared off in a thrilling semifinal game last season that ended with the Dukes snapping the Bison’s run of five straight national titles and 19 straight victories in the FargoDome.

James Madison has a stable of very good running backs and a reliable quarterback in Bryan Schor, who isn’t asked to throw much but is efficient when he does and will complete a high percentage of his passes. The defense will be very good as well with Raven Greene and Jordan Brown leading the secondary.

The Bison are looking for revenge after last season’s stunning loss. However, it was recently announced that one of their best defensive players, end Greg Menard, will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL. That is a huge loss, as he was an All-American last season and was expected to pair with Nick DeLuca to make this one of the best front sevens in the FCS.

The Next Tier

Four other teams have odds of less than 20-1 to win the title, but none of these squads are worth betting on. Truthfully, there is nothing really separating them from teams like Wofford, Eastern Washington and Villanova.

Sam Houston State was exposed at the end of last season. The Bearkats are a sexy team on paper with gaudy offensive stats and a returning Walter Payton Award winner in Jeremiah Briscoe. However, they benefit from a relatively weak schedule and don’t have a running game. That hurts late in the season, as weather plays more and more of a factor. If they can’t find success in the passing game, they can’t win with their deficiencies in the running game and on defense.

Wofford is a team to keep an eye on at this price. The Terriers should be the favorites to win the Southern Conference and nearly made the semifinals last season but fell to Youngstown State in double overtime. They return a lot of their offense from last season and will likely lead the nation in rushing with their triple-option attack.

Another good team to bet on is Villanova. The Wildcats are going to have one of the best defenses in the country and a decent running game. They might be undervalued midway through the season after playing four road games in September, but they should rally with quarterback Zach Bednarczyk at the helm. ‘Nova can make a deep postseason run.

The Longshots

If you’ve been following this blog, you know how much we love Weber State and Montana. Getting both schools at these prices is too good to pass up.

Eastern Washington had a lot of turnover this offseason and lost most of its offensive braintrust—including the best player in school history, wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Although North Dakota is likely to be the best team in the conference, the power vacuum can elevate teams like Weber State and Montana.

Montana is in its third year under offensive guru Bob Stitt, and it feels like this might be the year he puts it all together. The Grizzlies put up great numbers on offense and were decent on defense, but they were unlucky in certain spots, costing them a trip to the postseason.

Maybe the best bet though is Weber State. Just scroll through these pages if you want evidence of why we love the Wildcats, and they are a great pick at 150-1.

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