Ready To Start Betting On College Football?
Already shopping for 2017 CFB National Championship Futures? The NCAAF offseason is nearly over! With the first game of the year being a tilt between Hawaii and Cal in less than two weeks time now is a great time to take another look at the championship future odds. Alabama still sits atop the table but there have been changes since the Spring, most notably the fall of Baylor.
2017 CFB National Championship Futures Review
Early on the numbers were more power rating driven but now the public has bet into them and is much more a part of the equation.
Here are some opportunities that might be worth locking up your bankroll for the next five months (and a few to avoid):
2017 CFB National Championship Futures: Get On
Florida State 10/1 – Some predictions have both Clemson and FSU in the playoffs. I am not sure there is enough respect for the ACC to make that happen but they can win their annual tilt with the Tigers this season and parlay it into a playoff invite.
The defense should be wicked and recent injury to QB Sean McGuire opens the door for DeAndre Francois, a much more toolsy option at quarterback.
Way better payoff than Clemson but the same kind of opportunity.
LSU 10/1 – This is a similar profile to FSU above. They are an experienced team who is a close second fiddle in their division, in this case to Alabama.
There is more than enough talent there and the only thing holding this group back is better than average QB play. If they get it they could certainly handle a very challenging schedule that includes Alabama in Death Valley.
You get about double the payoff to would get with the Tide this season. You need a good reason to tie up your money long term.
2017 CFB National Championship Futures: Sprinkle a Little
USC 25/1 – The best way to become the champ is to beat the champ, right? USC gets their shot the opening week when they take on Alabama.
I think they have enough skill players to challenge that defense and both teams will have new quarterbacks so there might not be an advantage there. If they win they will be 10/1 or lower the next week so if you think they have a shot now is the time to get down on them.
TCU 35/1 – I am totally not sold that Oklahoma is the best team in the B12.
I know the Horned Frogs are not the same team they were a year ago but I think the defense will be significantly better and the schedule supports a strong run if the quarterback play is good enough. They may not have to score more than 40ppg to win this season.
OU and OK State both visit Fort Worth too. This is not my strongest play but if you are building a portfolio, I like it a lot.
Houston 50/1 – If you are not super high on Oklahoma (see above) then you have to like the chances of Houston.
They take on the Sooners in the first week and a win will propel to a spot where a perfect season could land them in the playoffs.
After OU, the next greatest challenge is a Louisville team they beat last year and that is likely the third best in the ACC this season. Experience and great coaching make them a factor.
San Diego State 500/1 – I am not saying that San Diego State is the best team in football but they might be the team with the best shot at going undefeated this season.
If/when they do, they probably still need a lot of help because the best team on their schedule might be Cal. Serious longshot but look at those odds. Its enticing.
2017 CFB National Championship Futures: No Value
Ohio State 25/2 – I have all the confidence in the world in Urban Meyer’s ability to recruit but last year’s team came up a little short and then lost so much talent to the pros it was embarrassing.
This year’s group should be very good but giving them the second lowest odds is way too generous given the hype at Michigan, amongst other variables.
Baylor 55/1 – I am not sure how great their chances were of taking a title even if things were “normal” in Waco, but overcoming what they have and running the table to the playoffs seems pretty far fetched.
The odds are just not good enough to make a play like that for me. I think their ceiling this season is 9-3.
Texas 65/1 – I know anything is possible, and we are talking about Texas, but I think it is next to impossible that Texas improves in so many different ways to make this big a leap.
Yes I know they are posting odds for nearly everyone but I think you can make a better case for the likes of Washington State or Georgia Tech. Get a QB and dominate West Virginia and then we can talk Longhorns.
Texas isn’t Texas right now.
Auburn 75/1 – Plain and simple the SEC West is just too deep for this team with so many question marks to get through unscathed.
They might be able to clip Alabama in the Iron Bowl but running the gauntlet is too much for this group this season.
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