Georgia Bulldogs AP Ranked Number One: Odds to Win the BCS at 5/1

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Carrie Stroup here reporting for Gambling911.com - the gambling news and odds authority and I have some great news to report for all you Georgia Bulldogs fans out there including the latest odds for the Bulldogs to win the 2009 BCS Championship courtesy of our good friends at Sportsbook.com

Georgia is on top of The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the first time.

The Bulldogs received 22 first-place votes and 1,528 points from a panel of 65 media members in the poll released Saturday.

And at +500 odds to win the 2009 BCS Championship, there is no arguing that the Georgia Bulldogs offer excellent value for gamblers. A $100 bet pays $500 if they were to win

It's not just the BCS Championship where the Bulldogs have some solid value. In the SEC, Georgia was listed with odds of +250 to win the SEC Division in 2008, which would translate into a $250 value for every $100 bet. Those are still exceptional odds even with Florida in the division.

"To have people believing we have one of the best teams in the nation going into this thing, it's exciting for us," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said in a telephone interview with the AP.

"I don't think anything is guaranteed, but we certainly have put ourselves in position where at least the college football world thinks we're pretty good."

Florida, incidentally, was ranked number 5 in the AP poll.

Ohio State, coming off a second consecutive loss in the national championship game but returning 20 starters, is No. 2. The Buckeyes received 21 first-place votes and 1,506 points.

No. 3 Southern California, which plays Ohio State in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, received 12 first-place votes. No. 4 Oklahoma had four first-place votes and No. 5 Florida received six first-place votes.

Now for the bad news:

Georgia faces long odds in its bid to win its first national championship since 1980. Only 10 AP preseason No. 1 teams have gone on to claim the national title:

  • 2004-Southern Cal
  • 1999-Florida State
  • 1993-Florida State
  • 1985-Oklahoma
  • 1978-Alabama
  • 1975-Oklahoma
  • 1974-Oklahoma
  • 1956-Oklahoma
  • 1952-Michigan State
  • 1951-Tennessee

The Georgia Bulldogs were also ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, and their odds have been slashed since then from +800 to +500.

Last fall, Georgia turned around its season after a 35-14 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 6. "Tennessee kicked our butts," Richt told USA Today. "When I looked for what was the problem, I looked in the mirror. (The players) were pretty much doing what I was doing - sitting, waiting for something to happen. So I thought maybe I needed to change."

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