What Do The Odds Project For The College Football Playoff?

What Do The Odds Project For The College Football Playoff?

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What Do The Odds Project For The College Football Playoff?


College football is essentially back, and while there’s been some interesting recruiting news of late, we’re about to have real games to talk about. Georgia will (as you know) be looking to build on a very strong 2017 season and compete for an SEC title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. But what do the betting oddsmakers who always seem to have the inside edge have to say about the outlook for the coming postseason?

This actually isn’t the kind of thing American fans always worry about, just because betting – while on its way – isn’t prevalent just yet. Even if you’re not looking to bet though, you can read up on strategy for upcoming events and seasons and get a feel for what the professional oddsmakers expect to happen. I’ve done a little bit of reading around in this regard – at the odds and outlooks more than simply AP and Coaches’ lists and power rankings – and these are the teams being given a real shot at the CFP this season.

Alabama – Alabama is in a zone these last few seasons in which not making the CFP isn’t just a disappointment, but a failure. And for that matter, you can argue that the program’s reputation gives it a boost in the subjective selection process if there’s a cluster of teams that all have reasonable cases on paper. Whatever the case, Nick Saban’s team is loaded again, and has the best odds wherever you look.

Clemson – Once a team that looked to be a sort of upstart challenger to Alabama and an overachiever out of the ACC, Clemson has managed to sustain its excellence to become one of the most dominant teams in college football. The Tigers still won’t have the firepower they had under Deshaun Watson two seasons ago, but their defense should be among the best, and they may just romp through the ACC.

Ohio State – This is tricky, because the Buckeyes have generally been given a strong chance to make it back to the CFP throughout the preseason, but are now dealing with the Urban Meyer situation. It’s a huge distraction, and one that could conceivably leave the university scrambling to come up with an interim coaching situation if things break badly. On pure football talent though, OSU is expected to be firmly in the mix – a sort of “best of the rest” after the relative locks of Alabama and Clemson.

Georgia – We’ve seen debates every year about whether or not multiple teams from the same conference should or could gain CFP entry. That may hurt the chances of Georgia and Bama, in theory, but the division is winnable and a strong SEC record, combined with any win over the Tide, would do it. Georgia has definitely dropped some talent from last season, but still return 13 starters from last season’s 13-2, SEC Championship team, including sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, tight end Isaac Nauta, safety J.R. Reed and cornerback Deandre Baker. Georgia just checked in at No. 3 in the preseason AP Top 25 and though Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Roquan Smith are all gone, the oddsmakers still see a playoff berth as realistic.

Michigan – It’s a little bit difficult to trust Michigan these days, but things might be different for the Wolverines in 2018. Jim Harbaugh may well trot out the Big Ten’s best defense, and transfer Shea Patterson is the best quarterback he’s had since returning to college football (having moved up from Ole Miss). If Ohio State goes off the rails given the aforementioned issues, Michigan may have the talent to seize the opportunity.

Washington – This is the real surprise team on the list for casual fans, but the oddsmakers love the Huskies. Depending on where you look, you might see them anywhere from fourth to seventh or eighth likeliest to wind up in the playoff. This is a veteran team with pro talent on both sides of the ball and one of the best runners in the country in Myles Gaskin. It will have to prove itself early, however, with an opening game against Auburn (another team that could be in the CFP mix if it has a hot enough start).

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