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College Football National Championship Bet Futures Update
With the season quickly winding down, teams are trying to grind to get a spot into the College Football Playoffs. With the playoffs being determined within the next two weeks, let’s take a look at the updated odds for which team will win this year’s National Championship.
Not only is Georgia ranked No. 1 overall in the country with an 11-0 record, but they have the best odds of winning the National Championship this season.
Part of the reason for their strong odds is simply because they may be the only team that is a lock to make it into the College Football Playoffs.
Assuming they take care of Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs are pretty much a guaranteed lock. Yes, they have to play No. 3 Alabama the following week in the SEC Championship, but the pressure is more on the Crimson Tide due to their one loss than Georgia.
Granted, with the teams on this list, winning it all won’t be easy, but Georgia has put themselves in the best spot to do so, which is reflected in the odds.
Ohio State (+300)
The Buckeyes have also put themselves into a great spot to make the College Football Playoffs, but they still have work to do. This week, they face No. 6 Michigan (10-1) in what could be a make or break for Ohio State’s future.
If Ohio State wins and takes care of business in what should be a less strenuous Big Ten Championship game, they are in. If they go to Ann Arbor and lose this weekend, though, it would be a tough sell for them, given they have two losses.
Luckily for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, they have been rolling as of late and haven’t lost to the Wolverines in a decade. Ohio State leads the nation on offense averaging 47.2 points per game, and they recently decimated No. 12 Michigan State 56-7.
The Buckeyes are also led by the odds on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, C.J. Stroud (-220). This season, he has thrown for 3,468 yards, 36 touchdowns, and just five interceptions.
Unlike Georgia, No. 3 Alabama is not a lock to make the playoffs this year. Their 41-38 loss to No. 14 Texas A&M back at the beginning of October still haunts them, and they might have to win out to even make the playoffs.
While they get an unranked Auburn this week, their biggest threat to their playoff lives comes in the SEC Championship. Georgia would love nothing more than to eliminate them from the National Championship conversation before they even get a chance to make the playoffs.
Granted, there is probably no better coach to get his squad prepared for the battle ahead than Nick Saban, but he certainly has his work cut out for him.
Rounding out the best odds to win the National Championship is No. 4 Cincinnati (11-0). As only one of a few undefeated teams left in the nation, they have put themselves in a good place to make the College Football Playoffs.
Like Ohio State and Alabama, though, they will likely need to win out if they want a chance at keeping a playoff spot. They take on East Carolina this week, but they will really be challenged as they face No. 19 Houston (10-1) in the AAC Championship game.
While they may make the playoffs, they are true longshots compared to the other three. Still, half of the battle is just getting into the playoffs, and they have put themselves in a good position to do that.
Best of the Rest
The exciting part of this season is there are still four other legitimate contenders for the National Championship at this point. As previously mentioned, three of the four teams listed above have to win out to maintain their spots, meaning there could be a lot of fluctuation in the standings over the next two weeks.
The other possible contenders to win the National Championship include Oklahoma State (+4000), Oklahoma (+5000), Michigan (+5000), and Notre Dame (+6000).
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