Vegas Odds to Win the 2017-18 College Football Playoff & Championship

We’ll be hard-pressed to get a better national title game than the one we witnessed at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The Clemson Tigers got revenge in their rematch with the Alabama Crimson Tide, scoring a winning touchdown in the final seconds to cap off a 35-31 comeback victory.

Oddsmakers at various sportsbooks have updated their lines to win the National Championship. Let’s go over the favorites and some possible value bets that might be worth a look even though we’re still months away from the season.

Vegas Betting Favorites to Win the 2017 College Football Playoff

It’s no surprise that Alabama is the prohibitive favorite to win the title this season. After all, they’re the only team to make the four-team playoff in each of the first three seasons in the new format. They seem to always be there in the end as Nick Saban gets the best recruits and does the most with them.

Alabama actually plays another one of this year’s preseason favorites, Florida State, to open the 2017 season. They will square off in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Saturday, September 2nd. The loser of that game will obviously still be alive for the playoff, but they would be unlikely to get in with two defeats, so they’ll have to run the table the rest of the way.

The other four teams that oddsmakers are giving the best chance of winning it all are Ohio State, USC, Michigan and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes were one of the youngest teams in the country last year, but now they have almost everyone back, including JT Barrett. USC was perhaps the hottest team in the land at season’s end and will be a factor. Michigan will challenge Ohio State for Big Ten supremacy, and Oklahoma remains the class of the Big 12.

Scroll below this table to find my best value bets to capture the title.

Odds to Win 2017-18 National Title

Team Bovada BMaker 5Dimes betonline
Alabama +240 -219 +230 +300
USC +600 OFF +825 +700
Ohio State +650 +430 +800 +500
Florida State +750 OFF +650 +1000
Penn State +1600 OFF +2100 +2000
Oklahoma +1600 OFF +875 +1400
Washington +2000 +900 +3300 +2200
Auburn +2000 OFF +1925 +1600
Georgia +2500 OFF +3300 +2500
LSU +2500 OFF +1400 +2500
Clemson +2800 +605 +2000 +2800
Oklahoma State +3300 OFF +3400 +3300
Louisville +3300 OFF +1825 +4000
Florida +3300 OFF OFF +4000
Wisconsin +3300 OFF OFF +3300
Texas +4000 OFF +2400 +5000
Notre Dame +6600 OFF OFF +6600
Miami-FL +6600 OFF OFF +4000
Tennessee +7500 OFF OFF +10000
Virginia Tech +7500 OFF OFF +8000
Stanford +7500 OFF OFF +4000
Kansas State +10000 OFF OFF +10000
UCLA +10000 OFF OFF +10000
Oregon +10000 OFF OFF +10000
TCU +10000 OFF OFF +10000
South Florida +10000 OFF OFF OFF
Texas A&M +15000 OFF OFF +5000
Nebraska +20000 OFF OFF +15000
Northwestern +30000 OFF OFF OFF
Iowa +30000 OFF OFF +20000
Utah +30000 OFF OFF OFF
Colorado +30000 OFF OFF +20000
West Virginia +30000 OFF OFF +12500
Missouri +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Kentucky +50000 OFF OFF OFF
South Carolina +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Mississippi State +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Minnesota +50000 OFF OFF OFF
North Carolina +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Pittsburgh +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Baylor +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Arkansas +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Arizona State +50000 OFF OFF OFF
Texas Tech +50000 OFF OFF OFF
NC State +50000 OFF OFF +12500
Cincinnati +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Boston College +100000 OFF OFF OFF
California +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Arizona +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Duke +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Boise State +100000 OFF OFF +50000
Houston +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Maryland +100000 OFF OFF OFF
Michigan OFF OFF +1500 OFF
Washington State OFF OFF OFF +10000
Last Updated 08/29 01/01 01/01 08/29

NCAA Football Championship Value Bets

Best Value Bet: Georgia (+3300)

Kirby Smart is already proving that he’s one of the best recruiters in the country. Quarterback Jacob Eason got his feet wet as a freshman last year, and he should be much improved as a sophomore. Helping him out will be the fact that both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel return in the backfield, giving the Bulldogs one of the best running back tandems in the country.

Georgia does have road games at Notre Dame and Tennessee early in the season, but both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks. The Bulldogs also manage to avoid both Alabama and LSU from the SEC West. The SEC East is up for grabs this season, and the Bulldogs have as good a chance as anyone to win it. That would put them in the SEC Championship Game, and a win there would almost certainly get them in the playoff.

Second-Best Value Bet: Wisconsin (+3300)

The Badgers won the Big Ten West last year and blew a huge lead to Penn State in the conference championship game. Had they won that contest, they would have certainly had a case to make the playoff. And I think they are the best team in the West again this season and will get that chance again considering this is the worst division in the Power 5. They avoid Ohio State and host Michigan, while their two toughest road games are at BYU and Nebraska.

Wisconsin returns eight starters on one of the best defenses in the country, and gets back LB Jack Cichy, who missed the second half of the season. Eight starters are also back on offense, the key being four out of five starters returning along the offensive line. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook should take a step forward and still has his favorite tight end in Troy Fumagalli.

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