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January 7 could prove to be one of the most predictable days in college football history. That’s the day the National Championship Game will be played in Santa Clara, and unless something drastic happens, it looks like the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0 SU, 6-3 ATS) won’t be relinquishing their title. They’ve destroyed every single opponent this year by at least three touchdowns, and they’ve crushed the college football betting lines in the process.

Alabama’s fate was anything but decided at this point last year. It wasn’t until QB Tua Tagovailoa was unveiled for the second half of the 2017-18 title game against the Georgia Bulldogs that the Tide became the juggernauts they are today. Even with ‘Bama laying double digits on the NCAAF odds board, Tagovailoa (27 TDs, one INT) has taken them to the bank time and again. The Hawaii native may indeed be the greatest player college football has ever seen.


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As dominant as Tagovailoa and the Tide have been, their season could still end in disappointment if they run into the team that’s vexed them so many times in the postseason. Here’s how the top five contenders (including ties) on the college football odds list shape up at press time:


1. Alabama Crimson Tide: –265 NCAA Football Odds

Alabama’s title odds made another quantum leap from –135 over the past month, thanks in part to their most impressive performance yet: a 29-0 whitewash of then-No. 3 LSU in Week 10, where they cashed in as 14-point road favorites. With the victory, the Tide are already locked in for the SEC Championship Game on December 1, where they’ll face one of the other teams on our list.




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2. Clemson Tigers: +500 NCAA Football Odds

Never mind that game – this is the one team Alabama really have to worry about. The Tigers (9-0 SU, 5-4 ATS) are the No. 2 team in the polls, a familiar spot for Dabo Swinney’s crew over the past few seasons, and their NCAAF title odds have improved from +750 after four straight wins straight up and against the spread. Clemson and ‘Bama have met in the College Football Playoff each of the past three years, with the Tide winning twice and Clemson covering twice.


3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: +550 NCAA Football Odds

Aside from the No. 11-ranked Central Florida Knights of the AAC, Notre Dame (9-0 SU, 5-3-1 ATS) are the only other undefeated team in the FBS, and they’ve moved up from fifth place at +1200 on the NCAAF odds board despite covering just once over the past three weeks. The Irish certainly have the defense to compete with the best of the best, but their offense is the weakest among the top contenders, and a single loss should be enough to knock them out of the CFP picture.


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4. Michigan Wolverines: +650 NCAA Football Odds

A mid-season surge has the Wolverines (8-1 SU, 6-3 ATS) back in the title hunt, moving up to No. 4 on the odds board and the CFP rankings. Just like Clemson, Jim Harbaugh’s crew have won four straight games straight up and against the spread; however, just like Notre Dame, the Wolverines depend heavily on their defense to get the job done – and they’ll almost certainly have to win their regular-season finale at The Horseshoe if they want to make the playoffs.


5. Ohio State Buckeyes: +2000 NCAA Football Odds

That’s where Michigan will face the Buckeyes (8-1 SU, 3-6 ATS), who are still in the hunt despite their disheartening 49-20 loss to Purdue (+13 at home) in Week 8. That beating knocked OSU’s college football lines all the way down from +750. They’ve dropped the cash in five straight games, and the health of head coach Urban Meyer is very much a concern; he’s been dealing with a brain cyst that has caused him headaches on the sidelines this year.


5. Georgia Bulldogs: +2000 NCAA Football Odds

Also slipping from +750 are the Bulldogs (8-1 SU, 5-4 ATS), who aren’t quite the same force they were last year when they had Alabama on the ropes in the National Championship Game. But they’ll essentially be playing at home when they face the Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the SEC championship. And there is one area in this matchup where Georgia have the advantage. It’s on special teams, where PK Rodrigo Blankenship has made 15 of 17 field-goal attempts and all 40 of his extra points. They’ll need every single point they can get against ‘Bama – whether it’s for the SEC title or the national title.



*Odds as of November 6, 2018

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