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Odds To Make College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff Odds

With the college football season getting into full swing this week, now is your best time to get your wagers in for who you think will be competing in late December in the College Football Playoff.

Online sportsbook Bovada has made the Clemson Tigers the favorites at -600 to appear in the four-team playoff, with the Alabama Crimson Tide right behind at -350, followed by the Georgia Bulldogs at +135, the Ohio State Buckeyes at +220, the Oklahoma Sooners at +230, the Michigan Wolverines at +250 and the Texas Longhorns and LSU Tigers at +600 to round out the top teams on the oddsboard.

Bama and Clemson

Surely a lot can happen in the course of a season but from a preseason standpoint, a wager on Alabama and Clemson each to make the four-team College Football Playoff is a safe play.

These two teams locked horns in the national championship game earlier this year and from an offensive standpoint, both teams have a lot of firepower returning. Most notably, quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa (ALA) and Trevor Lawrence (CLEM) will be back under center for another year.

Now both teams will have new looks on the defensive side of the ball, but this is old hat for head coaches Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, who are used to a revolving door on defense with star athletes making the jump to the NFL year after year. Additionally, Clemson has a clear path to the playoff with only two preseason-ranked teams on its schedule, while Alabama has just three.

With the risk of injuries over the span of the season, there is essentially no value on either team at minus odds for both clubs, so bet at your own risk. But assuming health isn’t an issue, these teams will be in the dance.

A Big Ten Team?

In all likelihood, the winner of the Big Ten will have at least a 10-2 record and Week 13 may determine which team that will be. As it has been for the last seven years, the Ohio State Buckeyes will once again be a contender to win the Big Ten championship, having won three of the last five titles. However, this year the Buckeyes don’t have longtime head coach Urban Meyer and they have a new incoming quarterback.

Justin Fields, who will be at the helm for the Buckeyes, transferred from Georgia and has just 39 pass attempts in college heading into this season. Ohio State has to go to the Big House in Ann Arbor to close out the season against the Michigan Wolverines, which is where the Buckeyes may falter.

I like Michigan this year. It looked like the Wolverines had the tools to be chosen for the College Football Playoff last year until they were throttled by Ohio State in the regular-season finale. Quarterback Shea Patterson took a step forward in his junior year, with more passing yards, a higher completion rate, more touchdowns and fewer interceptions.

The Wolverines have a new offensive coordinator who can shake things up and head coach Jim Harbaugh has a good defensive mind that should help him get over the hump in his fifth season.

Fourth and Final Team

The two teams that I’m looking at to complete the College Football Playoff are the Texas Longhorns and Oregon Ducks. To start, the Longhorns do have a couple of tough tests beginning in Week 2 at home to the LSU Tigers and then in the Red River Showdown once again at home to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Texas got the better of Oklahoma last year and I think the Longhorns will take another step forward this year with Sam Ehlinger at the helm. The big question mark is the defense that will feature young, top-end talent, so if they can adapt quickly, this team is one to watch.

As for Oregon, it has a brutal opening-week matchup at home to the Auburn Tigers. Additionally, in mid-October, the Ducks are on the road to the Washington Huskies who, although they lost nine defensive starters, will still be a tough test, especially up front on the defensive line.

That being said, assuming they can get through those teams or perhaps one of the two, getting to see quarterback Justin Herbert in the spotlight of the College Football Playoff is good for the NCAA and if Oregon wins the Pac-12 and Texas stumbles, it will likely be the fourth team.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds for which teams will make the College Football Playoff:

College Football Playoff Odds

Will Alabama Make the four-team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes-350
No+275

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Auburn Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No -2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Clemson Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes-600
No+400

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Florida State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Florida Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Georgia Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes +135
No-165

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will LSU Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+600
No-1000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Miami-Fl. Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Michigan State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Michigan Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+250
No-325

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Mississippi State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Nebraska Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes +1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Notre Dame Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Ohio State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+220
No-280

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Oklahoma Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+230
No-290

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Oregon Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Penn State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2000
No-5000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Stanford Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will TCU Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Texas A&M Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Texas Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+600
No-1000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will USC Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Utah Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Washington State Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Washington Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+1000
No-2500

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Will Wisconsin Make the Four-Team Playoff?
WinnerOdds
Yes+2500
No-10000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

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