Oddsmakers are high on Texas football once again heading into the 2018 season.
Texas has 30-1 odds to win the national championship this year, according to updated odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Longhorns are tied for the eighth-best odds in the field and the second-best odds in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma (20-1). Texas’ odds actually dropped slightly after opening at 25-1 earlier this year, but it currently has better odds than Miami (Fla.), USC and Notre Dame, all teams that won 10 games or more last season.
Michigan, PennSt 12/1
OU, Washington 20/1
Auburn, FSU 25/1
LSU, Texas, Wisconsin 30/1
Miami, USC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia 40/1
Notre Dame, Stanford 50/1
MichSt, Texas A&M 60/1
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) April 9, 2018
ESPN’s Football Power Index also likes Texas in 2018. FPI favors the Longhorns in 10 of their 12 games.
The Longhorns are entering their second season with Tom Herman as head coach and are expected to make significant improvements after an uneven 7-6 campaign in 2017. However, they must replace some major players on defense, including linebacker Malik Jefferson, safety DeShon Elliott and defensive tackle Poona Ford. The Texas offense was plagued by inconsistency in Tim Beck’s first season as offensive coordinator, and there appears to be uncertainty about whether Herman will take on a bigger role in the play-calling going forward.
Texas will boast a more talented roster overall in 2018. The Longhorns signed the country’s No. 3 overall recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Their ceiling this season will likely be determined by how quickly some of those highly rated recruits develop.
The Longhorns open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 at Maryland.