The structure of college football basically limits the FBS national championship to members of the Power Five conferences: the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the SEC. This means that members of the other five conferences (the Group of Five) are basically locked out because of a Catch-22. If you can’t schedule other Power Five teams, you can’t get evaluated against elite competition. Cincinnati is attempting to be this year’s exception, after beating Indiana and Notre Dame on the road. As you consider your sports betting options on this college football futures prop, take a look at the latest College Football odds as well as our thoughts on some of the nation’s top teams.
NCAA News: Updated Odds to Win the College Football National Championship
Team Odds | MyBookie Sportsbook
|Iowa, Texas, Penn State, Cincinnati||+4000|
|Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, N.C. State, LSU, Michigan State||+8000|
Did you know that, while at Alabama, Nick Saban has gone 24-0 against former assistants? The Tide beat Ole Miss, 42-21, in a game that wasn’t that close, and afterward Twitter roasted Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin for telling people ot “grab the popcorn” in a pregame interview. Brian Robinson ran for 171 yards and four scores — and Alabama had a 35-0 lead in the third quarter. Yes, Florida pushed Alabama hard on the road, but the Tide seem to be listening to Saban’s urging for greater consistency for an entire game.
Georgia is the co-favorite for a reason. Stetson Bennett only had to attempt 11 passes in the Bulldogs’ 37-0 shellacking of Arkansas. The other 57 offensive players were all runs…for 275 yards. The Georgia defense has not permitted any points in 10 of the last 11 quarters it has played, and the Bulldogs have won their last two games, both against SEC foes, by a combined 99-0. Georgia has scored more than 200 points while permitting fewer than 25 in its first five games. The last time a team did that was back in 2001, when Virginia Tech pulled it off.
Iowa is still underrated in this odds list, but if they keep taking down Big Ten foes, that will change. They faced Maryland on Friday night and took the ball away seven times, picking up 24 points. They now have 16 takeaways, best in the nation, and they have converted them into 75 points. They intercepted Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa five times — and he was the Big Ten’s top passer going into the game. Iowa could run the table and careen into the College Football Playoff as the unbeaten Big Ten champion.
Cincinnati will have its fortunes determined by how well Notre Dame plays down the stretch. Its win over Indiana has been tainted by the Hoosiers’ demolition at the hands of Penn State last week. Cincinnati only has one more ranked team on its slate the rest of the way, and that is #24 SMU, who has a win over Power Five-ish school TCU. However, beating consecutive Power Five opponents away from home (one of them ranked in the polls) is something that Alabama and Georgia have not done this season.
Oklahoma has a somewhat better defense this year, although they still permitted 31 points against Kansas State. Quarterback Spencer Rattler has had his ups and downs, but he did go 22 of 25 against the Wildcats in that win, throwing for two touchdowns. Can the Sooners get by Texas? The Red River Rivalry has turned into a real trap when one of these teams has national championship dreams in the past.
Oregon beat Ohio State handily — but then lost to Stanford? It’s hard to see anyone from the Pac-12 getting into the College Football Playoff at this rate.
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