Betting odds list Florida State among the best options to end up in the SEC

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The chatter across college football over the past two weeks has revolved around the conference realignment. For schools that aren’t part of the expanding SEC or Big Ten, there’s a real concern about falling behind due to a growing income gap between those two conferences and the rest of the country. There have been talks of partnerships and other ways to combat the changing tides, but in the end it will be futile when the SEC and Big Ten programs bring in around $100 million a year.

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Earlier this week, NoleGameday reported that Florida State has had conversations with both conferences since last summer. One of the reasons the SEC is increasingly interested in the Seminoles is to keep the Big Ten out of Southeast television markets.

Florida State is listed by Bovada Sportsbook as one of the programs with the best chance of accepting an invitation to the SEC. Interestingly enough, the Seminoles are not on the list of suitors Bovada has compiled to accept a Big Ten invite.

Clemson comes in first with +200 odds with the Seminoles not too far behind at +250. Miami sneaks in at +260 while Louisville (+600), Baylor (+600), Oklahoma State (+700) and Cincinnati (+900) are listed further down the table. It’s interesting that there’s such a big gap in the odds after the Tigers, Seminoles and Hurricanes.

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Report: Florida State among several teams set to join SEC

Even with interest from the SEC and the Big Ten, the State of Florida will still have to pay for a conference buyout and find a way to legally circumvent the rights grant agreement. Otherwise, the Seminoles risk paying hundreds of millions of dollars while losing their media rights until 2036 to participate in a new conference.

There are many ways to navigate, but the State of Florida must continue to explore exit strategies. The numbers being tossed around means the Seminoles won’t have the funding to compete with the SEC or Big Ten programs.

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