It’s amazing how different the AP Top 25 is from the first College Football Playoff standings. While the top team is the same in both, there are many differences after that. We’re going to break down the top few teams, and then we’ll give one game that we think you can make some money on if you care to place a wager against the NCAAF odds.
NCAAF – Top 25 Analysis and Betting Opportunities
1. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs sit atop both the AP Poll and the College Football Playoff Standings. After a dominant 34-7 victory over the Florida Gators, it’s hard to imagine that any team left on their regular-season schedule will be able to compete with Georgia. The college football fanbase is hopeful of seeing a Georgia vs. Alabama SEC Title game.
2. Cincinnati Bearcats
While the AP voters gave the Bearcats some love, the CFP Committee did not. Cincinnati was sixth in the initial playoff rankings. The Bearcats know that there is little margin for error the rest of the way and that they need to catch some breaks if they want to get into the playoffs. Their play on the field will speak volumes.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama is #3 in this week’s AP Poll, but they’re #2 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Alabama hosts LSU this weekend, and the Tigers program is in shambles. After losing to Texas A&M, the Tide has looked like a hungry team.
4. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners have some work to do. Even though they’re ranked fourth in the AP Poll, the CFP Committee didn’t agree with the writers. Oklahoma is eighth in the playoff rankings. Even though they’re undefeated, their schedule hasn’t been as tough as some of the other teams ranked ahead of them. Caleb Williams has brought a different dimension to the Oklahoma offense, and they now look like a championship-caliber team.
5. Michigan State Spartans
After their come-from-behind victory over the Michigan Wolverines last Saturday, the world now knows how good Michigan State really is. They have some very tough games remaining, but the Spartans will be up for the task. If the playoffs were tomorrow, they would be the #3 seed. We’ll see if Mel Tucker’s squad can continue on their hot streak.
Betting Game of the Week – LSU Tigers @ Alabama Crimson Tide (-28)
It’s hard to believe that the spread for an Alabama vs. LSU game is 28 points. These two have been two of the top teams in the SEC over the last few seasons. However, the LSU program is in shambles right now, while Alabama is still at the top of the mountain. With it being announced a few weeks ago that Ed Orgeron would be done coaching LSU at the end of the season, everything has gone downhill since. And just when they thought that things couldn’t get worse for the Bayou Bengals, they then have to make a trip to Tuscaloosa.
Bryce Young has gotten better each week, and this week he’ll be facing the 70th-ranked defense in the country. Alabama has so many offensive weapons, and it will be nearly impossible for LSU to stop them. Young and his powerful offense should put up a lot of points on the Tiger defense. Alabama will want to dominate the Tigers, and they’ll win this one by 35.