Updated National Championship Odds After Week 4

When it comes to the College Football Playoff picture, the teams that were the preseason darlings have been able to avoid taking big upsets and still with the best odds to win the championship. However, weird things can happen when conference play starts to ramp up. Here’s a look at the updated national championship odds after Week 4.

National Championship After Week 4

Bulldogs hit a lull in their schedule

Defending championships, Georgia are ranked No. 1 and are the favorites to repeat at +175. The Bulldogs’ big win over Oregon to start the season is looking better as the Ducks have rebounded with three straight wins. Experienced quarterback Stetson Bennett has helped carry Georgia throughout the season, throwing for more than 300 yards twice.

The Bulldogs did get a spirited fight out of Kent State to end September but won’t be tested again until early November. Georgia will go on the road to face a mediocre Missouri team before returning home to play Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Florida. The Bulldogs should be 8-0 for their battle with Tennessee on Nov. 5.

Alabama heads for speedbumps

The No. 2 Crimson Tide, who are +240 to win the national championship, will be facing rough waters in October. Alabama will have two road trips — to Arkansas and Tennessee — against Top 25 opponents. Wedged in between those two games is a home date with Texas A&M, which was the only team to beat Alabama in the regular season last year.

The Crimson Tide won’t go into those matchups without the tools to win them. Defending Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young has passed for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns so far this season. While there has been some criticism of the Alabama offense, the Crimson Tide will need to struggle in big SEC games before it is worth taking note of.

Ohio State ready for the big stage

The Buckeyes are an immensely talented team. How much Ohio State, which is +250 to bring a title back to Columbus, will really be challenged along the way depends on how you feel about the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won’t have another game against a highly-ranked opponent until it makes a trip to Happy Valley on Oct. 29 to play Penn State.

Make no mistake, though, Ohio State has talent. Quarterback C.J. Stroud is the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, has passed for 16 touchdowns and only one interception.

Best of the Rest

Clemson and USC, which are both +2000, both survived scares in Week 3. The Tigers need overtime to beat Wake Forest, while the Trojans had to score late to beat Oregon State on the road. Michigan (+2800) also scored a narrow win over Maryland, but the Wolverines haven’t played the toughest schedule this season. Tennessee (+8000) is an interesting dark horse title challenger.

The Volunteers haven’t won a title since 1997, but have a high-powered offense and scored a road victory over a solid Pitt team earlier this season.


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