NCAAF Bowl Season Betting

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College Football Bowl Season Odds Tracker

It’s back to school time for football fans. The 2018-19 NCAAF season kicks off a little early this year on Saturday, August 25. Most of the big-name teams will get their first taste of action the following Saturday, including the defending champions. As usual, the Alabama Crimson Tide find themselves sitting on top of the college football National Championship odds board. And they have a familiar foe chasing them down: the Clemson Tigers, who have met Alabama in each of the last three College Football Playoffs. There’s a very good chance we’ll get to see Part IV once the CFP rolls around in January.

 

Bowl Season Betting Preview

Nothing is set in stone, though. There are 130 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year, and while only a few have a realistic shot of getting picked for the 2019 College Football Playoff – even if they go undefeated – those happy few pose a serious threat to Alabama’s title defense. However, thanks to yet another troubled offseason for college football fans, the NCAAF Bowl Season lines are in a state of flux. Here are the top five contenders on the futures market at press time:

 

1. Alabama Crimson Tide: +190 NCAAF Bowl Season Lines

The more things change in Tuscaloosa, the more they stay the same. Head coach Nick Saban has led Alabama (13-1 SU, 6-8 ATS last year) to five National Championships since taking over the program in 2007; because they’re so popular, the Tide struggle to cash in on a game-per-game basis, and their College Football Playoff odds are typically very short at the start of the season. But there’s an extra twist for 2018-19 regarding QB Tua Tagovailoa taking over for Jalen Hurts during last year’s title win over Georgia. Which quarterback will start Week 1 for Saban and new offensive co-ordinator Mike Locksley?

 

2. Clemson Tigers: +500 NCAAF Bowl Season Lines

The Tigers (12-2 SU, 8-5-1 ATS) made a successful transition last year with QB Kelly Bryant stepping in for the departed DeShaun Watson, but they fell to ‘Bama in the CFP semifinals, dropping the cash for the first time in their playoff rivalry. They’ll have a relatively easy time getting out of the ACC and into the postseason; Clemson will have to contend with the improved Florida State Seminoles, who have value as +5500 outsiders on the NCAA football Bowl Season odds, but the Tigers have all the ingredients under head coach Dabo Swinney to get the job done.

 

3. Ohio State Buckeyes: +850 NCAAF Bowl Season Lines

This isn’t how Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes (12-2 SU, 7-7 ATS) wanted to start the 2018 campaign. Ohio State’s head coach has been put on paid administrative leave while OSU officials investigate his handling of domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. Offensive co-ordinator Ryan Day is running things on an interim basis; in theory, all Day has to do is keep this amazing collection of talent pointed in the right direction, but Meyer’s absence could mean the difference between winning the title or settling for one of the lesser college football bowl games.

 

3. Georgia Bulldogs: +850 NCAAF Bowl Season Lines

Georgia (13-2 SU, 11-4 ATS) seemed to have the National Championship Game in the bag last year – until Saban switched quarterbacks at halftime. The Bulldogs still look like Alabama’s main competition in the SEC. Kirby Smart has taken the program that Mark Richt built and brought it to another level, loading up on both sides of the ball and giving Georgia every chance to crush the Bowl Season betting lines in 2018-19.

 

5. Washington Huskies: +1500 NCAAF Bowl Season Lines

This might be the best value on the college football Bowl Season odds list. The Huskies (10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) have one of the greatest coaching minds anywhere in Chris Petersen; they’re easily the class of the Pac-12, just two years removed from a CFP appearance, and this year’s team might be the best that Petersen has ever assembled – including his years at the helm of the Boise State Broncos. Twelve wins and a return to the playoffs are both on the horizon. Can the Huskies take the next step and beat the likes of Alabama in the CFP? That’s what people were asking about Clemson just a few short years ago.


*Odds as of August 17, 2018