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Odds to make the NCAA College Football Playoff

Odds to make College Football Playoff

With NCAA football set to begin in just over a week, online sportsbooks have put out their odds on whether teams will make the College Football Playoff early next year. As expected, the reigning champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, have opened with the best odds to appear in the four-team playoff at -300.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has ’Bama at -300, followed by the Clemson Tigers at -140, the Ohio State Buckeyes at +160, the Georgia Bulldogs at +175 and the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies at +300 to round out the top five best odds.

Alabama has the best odds to return to College Football Playoff

Since the NCAA moved to the College Football Playoff format in the 2014-15 season, there has been one common theme through the first four brackets and that is the Alabama Crimson Tide. So, it should come as no surprise that ’Bama has the top odds at -300 to appear in the College Football Playoff for a fifth straight season.

The Crimson Tide avoid playing Georgia this season, unless they meet in the SEC championship game, and have the opportunity to host Auburn in this year’s Iron Bowl. Of course, the Tigers were the only blemish on the Crimson Tide’s record in 2017-18, but that game was played at Auburn and the Tigers haven’t won in Tuscaloosa since 2010. Alabama has a favorable schedule this season, with the game at LSU in Week 10 the only one that could pose a threat to a perfect season. Additionally, even if ’Bama stumbles somewhere along the way, we saw last year that the selection committee has no problem putting in a team that didn’t win a conference championship.

Clemson almost as automatic as Alabama

The second-best odds to appear in this season’s College Football Playoff belong to the Clemson Tigers at -140. Clemson trails Alabama in overall trips to the tournament with three, failing to appear in only the inaugural College Football Playoff, and the Tigers topped the Crimson Tide to win the national championship in 2017.

Clemson has a fairly clear road to the ACC championship game with the only game that could cause it some trouble being at Florida State in Week 9. Even so, I don’t anticipate much of a struggle there and if the Tigers can just take care of their business it’s hard to point out a reason why they won’t appear in this year’s College Football Playoff.

The Tigers should make a step forward from last season when they were topped by the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. Clemson returns its backfield, including quarterback Kelly Bryant, and brings back eight starters on a defense that ranked fourth in the nation, allowing an average of just 276.7 yards per game.

A battle in the Big Ten Conference

To begin with, I think the winner of the Big Ten Conference will appear in the College Football Playoff, but who will that team be? Right now, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines are the top dogs when it comes to the odds, with the Buckeyes opening at +160 and the Wolverines coming back at +300. For Ohio State, it would be its third appearance in the College Football Playoff, while it would be the first time Michigan has made it to the dance.

Michigan is going to have an uphill battle if it wants a shot at the national championship this year. The Wolverines have made improvements on what was a terrible offense last season with the addition of quarterback Shea Patterson from Ole Miss. Michigan ranked 105th in the nation by picking up an average of 348.9 yards per game, while its defense ranked third in the NCAA, allowing 271.0 yards per game. Even though the Wolverines have made jumps forward offensively, they have an extremely difficult schedule to even make it to the Big Ten championship game. Michigan opens at Notre Dame and plays at Michigan State and at Ohio State to close out the season. Additionally, Penn State and Wisconsin pay a visit to the Big House. I’d stay away from laying money on Michigan to go to the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State has a much easier path to the Big Ten championship game, with only a couple of road games that could cause some issues in Penn State and Michigan State. Now there are a lot of question marks around head coach Urban Meyer and what, if any, disciplinary action he may face during this investigation into former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. I think as more information comes out on this issue that Meyer will get off with little more than a slap on the wrist, perhaps a two-game suspension, but for now we play the wait-and-see game. Regardless, the Buckeyes should be the team to beat in the Big Ten with their ease of schedule and for that reason, I believe they can make the College Football Playoff.

The Fourth and Final Team

Now there can be cases made for a second SEC team in Auburn or Georgia, or perhaps some love for a Pac-12 school like Washington or USC. But the team I think can squeak into the tournament is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame has a tough, but winnable season and they just need to take care of business to have a solid case to compete for the national championship. They open at home vs Michigan which will really set the tone for the season. A win in Week 1 gears Notre Dame up for a potential season of success. The Fighting Irish ranked in the top 50 in defense (46) and offense (27) last season and are returning 15 starters (six on offense and nine on defense) this year.

Of course, Notre Dame lost two O-linemen to the NFL in this year’s draft but it returns the other three men on the line, including a pair of seniors. Also returning offensively is quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who had a good year last year rushing the ball but was less than 50 percent on completed passes. Wimbush has worked on his passing in the offseason and could be poised to carry this team to the College Football Playoff.

At +600 I think Notre Dame has what it takes to become the first independent school to have a shot at the national championship in the new College Football Playoff format.

Here’s a look at some other schools’ odds to make the College Football Playoff:

To Make College Football Playoff - Alabama Crimson Tide

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes -300
  • No +240
To Make College Football Playoff - Arizona Wildcats

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +5000
  • No -16000
To Make College Football Playoff - Arizona State Sun Devils

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Auburn Tigers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +450
  • No -700
To Make College Football Playoff - Baylor Bears

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Boise State Broncos

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +5000
  • No -16000
To Make College Football Playoff - Boston College Eagles

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +5500
  • No -18000
To Make College Football Playoff - Central Florida Knights

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - Clemson Tigers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes -140
  • No +110
To Make College Football Playoff - Colorado Buffaloes

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +25000
To Make College Football Playoff - Florida Gators

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1700
  • No -4500
To Make College Football Playoff - Florida Atlantic Owls

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Florida State Seminoles

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +750
  • No -1375
To Make College Football Playoff - Fresno State Bulldogs

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +20000
  • No -70000
To Make College Football Playoff - Georgia Bulldogs

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +175
  • No -220
To Make College Football Playoff - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - Houston Cougars

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +14000
  • No -46000
To Make College Football Playoff - Iowa Hawkeyes

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +5000
  • No -16000
To Make College Football Playoff - Iowa State Cyclones

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - Kansas State Wildcats

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - Kentucky Wildcats

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +9000
  • No -30000
To Make College Football Playoff - Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +30000
  • No -120000
To Make College Football Playoff - Louisville Cardinals

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - LSU Tigers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1200
  • No -3300
To Make College Football Playoff - Marshall Thundering Herd

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +25000
To Make College Football Playoff - Maryland Terrapins

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +15000
  • No -50000
To Make College Football Playoff - Memphis Tigers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Miami Florida Hurricanes

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +700
  • No -1250
To Make College Football Playoff - Michigan Wolverines

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +300
  • No -400
To Make College Football Playoff - Michigan State Spartans

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +600
  • No -1000
To Make College Football Playoff - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Mississippi State Bulldogs

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1200
  • No -3300
To Make College Football Playoff - Missouri Tigers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - Navy Midshipmen

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +25000
To Make College Football Playoff - NC State Wolfpack

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +6000
  • No -20000
To Make College Football Playoff - Nebraska Cornhuskers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +3300
  • No -9000
To Make College Football Playoff - Northwestern Wildcats

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +600
  • No -1000
To Make College Football Playoff - Ohio State Buckeyes

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +160
  • No -200
To Make College Football Playoff - Oklahoma Sooners

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +375
  • No -550
To Make College Football Playoff - Oklahoma State Cowboys

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +3300
  • No -9000
To Make College Football Playoff - Oregon Ducks

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1400
  • No -4000
To Make College Football Playoff - Penn State Nittany Lions

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +500
  • No -800
To Make College Football Playoff - Purdue Boilermakers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - South Carolina Gamecocks

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - South Florida Bulls

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +12500
  • No -40000
To Make College Football Playoff - Stanford Cardinal

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +900
  • No -1750
To Make College Football Playoff - Syracuse Orange

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +15000
  • No -50000
To Make College Football Playoff - TCU Horned Frogs

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1400
  • No -4000
To Make College Football Playoff - Tennessee Volunteers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +10000
  • No -30000
To Make College Football Playoff - Texas Longhorns

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +650
  • No -1125
To Make College Football Playoff - Texas A&M Aggies

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1200
  • No -3300
To Make College Football Playoff - UCLA Bruins

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - USC Trojans

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1000
  • No -2000
To Make College Football Playoff - Utah Utes

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +4000
  • No -12500
To Make College Football Playoff - Virginia Tech Hokies

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1400
  • No -4000
To Make College Football Playoff - Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +6500
  • No -21500
To Make College Football Playoff - Washington Huskies

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +300
  • No -400
To Make College Football Playoff - Washington State Cougars

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +8000
  • No -26000
To Make College Football Playoff - West Virginia Mountaineers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +1200
  • No -3300
To Make College Football Playoff - Wisconsin Badgers

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline

  • Yes +375
  • No -550

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