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College Football Bowl Season Odds Breakdown

We were waiting for a team to at least make us raise our eyebrows after the first week of NCAAF action. And the Oklahoma Sooners certaintly did that.

Overshadowed by star QB Tua Tagovailoa, J'Alen Hurts transfered to Oklahoma looking to close out his solid college career with a fresh start. And boy was it fresh, he passed for over 300 yards with three touchdowns, the highest total since his freshman season. With that performance the Sooners make things interesting by hoping over the Ohio State Buckeyes into the top four in odds to win the BCS National Championship. Still, Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have had the advantage thus far, winning the title twice, and they’re the No. 1 team on the preseason coaches poll – although they have to share top spot with Nick Saban’s Tide on the 2020 College Football Playoff odds.

Let’s take a look at this year’s hopefuls as we get ready to kick off the 2019-20 season, starting with the biggest favorites, then working our way down to the best value picks on the market.

College Football Championship Odds: The Favorites

We begin with the top four favorites on the college football odds board at press time, and according to these odds, there’s about a 60% chance that either Clemson or Alabama will win the title this year:

1. Clemson Tigers: +225 NCAA Football Odds

Trevor Lawrence AKA "Sunshine" was a bit eratic in his first game, but the Tigers still proved to have a dominant offense to post 50-plus on Georgia Tech and a D that only gave up 14.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide: +225 NCAA Football Odds

QB Tua Tagovailoa proved he's Heisman ready with a four touchdown first game versus the Duke Blue Devils and the Alabama D proved to be ... Alabama. Odds are they'll be in another BCS championship with Clemson in 2020.

3. Georgia Bulldogs: +700 NCAA Football Odds

Considering the hype on Jake Fromm he had a muted first performance that harkened back to his game-manager role last year. But with running back D'Andre Swift dominating on the ground they may not need the passing yards until late in the season.

4. Oklahoma Sooners: +1200 NCAA Football Odds

It's not a shock Alabama transfer J'Alen Hurts was able to start for the Sooners. However, nobody expected him to dominate out the gate with over 300 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Sooners move up to 4th in odds to win the National Championship with the shocking performance from the senior. If he keeps it up it'll be a story for the college ranks and bettors.

College Football Championship Odds: The Underdogs

Just below the top four favorites are familiar teams like the Michigan Wolverines and Oklahoma Sooners, but we’re taking a deeper dive to uncover some hidden gems on the NCAAF futures market:

1. Florida Gators: +3000 NCAA Football odds

The Gators went 10-3 SU and 9-4 ATS in Dan Mullen’s first year as head coach, and they destroyed Michigan (–4.5) 41-15 at the Peach Bowl. There aren’t very many weaknesses on this team; it’ll be up to QB Feleipe Franks to take the next step, and he could use a little more protection from his offensive line.

2. LSU Tigers: +2000 NCAA Football Odds

Another 10-3 team (7-6 ATS) from the SEC, the Tigers have been overshadowed by Alabama since head coach Les Miles was given his walking papers in 2016. Ed Orgeron will be entering his third year at the helm, and he’s already built a strong defense. QB Joe Burrow will also have lots of help from his talented receiving corps.

3. Texas Longhorns: +3000 NCAA Football Odds

The Longhorns (10-4 SU, 6-7-1 ATS) haven’t been quite the same since the Mack Brown Era ended in 2013, but again, head coach Tom Herman is heading into Year Three in Austin, and he’s got one of the nation’s most under-appreciated quarterbacks in Sam Ehlinger. Will the Texas defense hold up in the trenches?

4. Oregon Ducks: +5000 NCAA Football Odds

It’s been pretty quiet in the Pac-12 the past few years, but that’s about to change: These Ducks (9-4 SU, 5-8 ATS) are for real. Coincidentally enough, Mario Cristobal is also in his third year as head coach, and he caught a break when QB Justin Herbert decided to return for his senior season. The sky’s the limit in Eugene.

*Odds as of September 6, 2019

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