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Michigan, Georgia top CFP title odds after first rankings

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has spoken, and sports betting fans can see their favorite school’s path to a title.

Embattled Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t scared. He saw what the committee, chaired by a guy named Boo (Corrigan, athletic director at North Carolina State), did on Halloween and is ready for the challenge.

Rival Ohio State, with coach Ryan Day furiously working to bring a national title back to Columbus, Ohio, is ready for its likely win-and-you’re-in showdown with the Wolverines on Nov. 25.

When the smoke cleared after the CFP rankings were released, a couple of schools carried more value than others, and the race was on.

Day’s Buckeyes received the CFP’s No. 1 ranking, while Georgia, the top team in the AP poll all season, fell to No. 2.

Michigan, Florida State and Washington sit third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to round out an unbeaten top five.

Oregon (No. 6), Texas (7), Alabama (8), Oklahoma (9) and Ole Miss (10) — all carrying 7-1 records — completed the top 10.

We have news, odds and betting value for fans eager to get a jump on their CFP wagers.


How is this going to play out?

With Rutgers, Michigan State and Minnesota on the menu, let’s pencil in the Buckeyes to stay perfect entering the Nov. 25 matchup with Michigan.

The Wolverines have Purdue before a key test at Penn State. Michigan then visits Maryland before its game at The Big House against Ohio State.

Washington and Oregon are headed toward a similar win-and-you’re-in matchup in the Pac-12 title game, should both schools keep winning.

Washington travels to Los Angeles to face Southern California on Saturday, then hosts Utah before visiting Oregon State. The Huskies finish up at home against Washington State and, if still unbeaten, would play the conference championship game in Las Vegas.

Oregon has Cal and USC at home, visits Arizona State and finishes at home against Oregon State. Win those games, and the Ducks punch their ticket to Las Vegas as well.

Florida State has the easiest path to an unbeaten finish: at Pitt, at home against Miami and North Alabama and at Florida. The Seminoles would then very likely meet Louisville (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in Charlotte in the ACC title game.

And then there’s two-time defending champ Georgia, which defeated Ohio State 42-41 in last season’s CFP semifinals.

With the weakest of schedules among the current unbeatens, Florida State can’t afford a slip-up. And even if the Seminoles remain unbeaten, they might have a major disappointment coming.

Per FanDuel, the Seminoles are the best bet to reach the playoff but only the third-best choice to win the title.


Team Playoff Title:
–Florida State -250 +550
–Georgia -210 +250
–Michigan -150 +250
–Ohio State +110 +700
–Washington +155 +1700
–Oregon +165 +1400
–Texas +200 +1700
–Alabama +250 +1600
–Oklahoma +310 +3500
–LSU +550 +3500


Buckeyes fans were disappointed after hearing Tuesday’s announcement that running back Miyan Williams would have a procedure that will force him to miss the remainder of the season.

Williams, Ohio State’s leader in rushing yards and touchdowns last season, led the ground attack in the Oct. 21 victory over Penn State.

It’s Ohio State, though, so it’s far from a disaster. TreVeyon Henderson and Chip Trayanum have been strong all season and, pending health, will continue to pace a versatile offense.

Michigan, meanwhile, assumed a narrow favorite’s position at BetMGM, coming in at +240 to Georgia’s +250 to win it all.

Other factors now worthy of discussion include whether a two-loss team, LSU, can reach the final four.

The Tigers (6-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) must run the table, including a win on Saturday at Alabama, and then stop Georgia (if the Bulldogs remain unbeaten) in the SEC championship game to earn strong consideration from the committee.

It seems highly unlikely that LSU would be denied if that were the case.

If that matchup were to be Georgia’s lone loss, would the Bulldogs slip from No. 2 all the way out of the playoff lineup? All that depends on whether the top schools largely win out.


In seeking potential bang for your buck, look no further than Oregon.

The Ducks, at +1400 at FanDuel to win the national championship, would appear to have a comfortable path to the playoff after Florida State was placed fourth in the CFP rankings.

Oregon faces ranked Southern California, Oregon State and, with victories in those contests, very likely Washington — now that’s a strength-of-schedule component likely to improve, especially compared with the Seminoles’ remaining opponents.

The committee has six Pac-12 schools among its top 20, so the Ducks and Huskies will enjoy the extra weight of their opponents in November.

And how about No. 12 Missouri, which travels to Athens, Ga., for a Saturday matchup with Georgia? An admittedly huge upset would put the Tigers on the path toward the SEC title game.

A win there? You have to believe they would be in.

Take a shot with Missouri at +5000 to reach the playoff (and/or +40000 to win it all).

The chalky wager would be on the Big Ten champ, but it’s easy money only if you know who will win the Michigan-Ohio State regular-season finale.

The scariest scenario? It’s the zombie Crimson Tide, whose last major test comes at home Saturday against LSU.

A victory there, followed by wins over Kentucky, Chattanooga and Auburn, places coach Nick Saban’s improving team in the SEC championship.

Alabama, at +1600 to win the CFP national title, sounds like a nice value, doesn’t it?

–Field Level Media

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CFP rankings: Ohio State to No. 2, Cincinnati cracks top four

Ohio State leapt to No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night following Saturday’s rout of Michigan State.

The Buckeyes beat the Spartans, ranked seventh at the time, 56-7, which helped them nab their highest ranking of the season.

Georgia remained No. 1, Alabama slipped one spot to No. 3 and Cincinnati filled out the projected field of four.

It marks not only a new high for Cincinnati as a program, but also the first time any Group of Five program has been ranked in the top four by the playoff committee, which has been notoriously tough on smaller-conference programs.

Michigan and Notre Dame are Nos. 5 and 6. Michigan hosts Ohio State on Saturday in the annual Big Game, with the winner clinching the Big Ten East division and a spot in the conference championship game.

Oklahoma State moved up two spots to No. 7, and Baylor, Ole Miss and Oklahoma advanced three spots to fill out the top 10. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, both 10-1, will meet Saturday in their annual Bedlam rivalry game. The Cowboys have already clinched a Big 12 title game berth, and the Sooners would join them and force a rematch with a head-to-head win Saturday.

There was more movement than usual in the top 10 not only because the Spartans’ loss pushed them out to No. 12, but also because Oregon crashed out following a lopsided loss to Utah. The Ducks’ second conference loss of the year dropped them eight spots to No. 11.

Clemson entered the rankings at No. 23 following a 48-27 win over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons dropped eight spots to No. 18 as a result.

Below is the complete Top 25:

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati
5. Michigan
6. Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma State
8. Baylor
9. Ole Miss
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Michigan State
13. BYU
14. Wisconsin
15. Texas A&M
16. Iowa
17. Pittsburgh
18. Wake Forest
19. Utah
20. North Carolina State
21. San Diego State
22. UTSA
23. Clemson
24. Houston
25. Arkansas

–Field Level Media

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CFP rankings: Oklahoma drops to No. 13, top four remain same

Oklahoma plummeted five spots to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday following its first loss of the season.

The CFP selection committee already showed its misgivings about the previously unbeaten Sooners due to uneven performances against the likes of Nebraska, West Virginia and Kansas. That was before Baylor defeated Oklahoma 27-14 Saturday in a one-sided game that included the Sooners yanking freshman quarterback Caleb Williams to return to Spencer Rattler for a spell.

The projected four-team field remained unchanged from a week ago, with Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State all coming off wins. Nos. 5-7 also stayed the same: Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State.

With Oklahoma dropping, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest filled out the top 10. Wake responded from its first loss of the season by beating North Carolina State 45-42 in a ranked-on-ranked matchup.

Baylor rose two spots to No. 11 after taking down Oklahoma, and Ole Miss moved up by three to No. 12 after defeating Texas A&M 29-19 in one of the marquee games of the week. The Aggies dropped by five to No. 16 as a result.

Houston and Mississippi State entered the rankings at Nos. 24 and 25, while Auburn and Purdue fell out of the Top 25 following losses. Mississippi State came back from down 28-3 to beat Auburn 43-34. It is 9-1 Houston’s first appearance in the rankings all season; the Cougars have won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to Texas Tech.

Below is the complete Top 25:

1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Ohio State
5. Cincinnati
6. Michigan
7. Michigan State
8. Notre Dame
9. Oklahoma State
10. Wake Forest
11. Baylor
12. Ole Miss
13. Oklahoma
14. BYU
15. Wisconsin
16. Texas A&M
17. Iowa
18. Pitt
19. San Diego State
20. NC State
21. Arkansas
22. UTSA
23. Utah
24. Houston
25. Mississippi State

–Field Level Media

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CFP rankings: Michigan State slips to No. 7, behind Michigan

Michigan State fell four spots from No. 3 to No. 7 in Tuesday’s College Football Playoff rankings following the program’s first loss of the season last Saturday to Purdue.

In a surprise move, the committee dropped the Spartans behind in-state rival Michigan — even though Michigan State defeated the Wolverines head-to-head one week prior.

Georgia and Alabama remained Nos. 1 and 2, and Oregon, Ohio State and Cincinnati all moved up one spot with the Spartans’ fall.

At No. 5, Cincinnati made history for the second straight week as the highest CFP ranking ever attained by a program from a “Group of Five” conference.

Rounding out the top 10 behind Michigan and Michigan State were Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. The 9-0 Sooners remained at No. 8 after last week’s open date.

Wake Forest also suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, a 58-55 shootout against North Carolina. The Demon Deacons dropped three places from No. 9 to No. 12.

Texas A&M, which defeated SEC West foe Auburn 20-3, moved up to No. 11. This week the Aggies will visit Ole Miss, which is ranked No. 15.

Purdue entered the rankings at No. 19 after beating Michigan State. It was the second such upset victory of the Boilermakers’ season; three weeks earlier, they beat Iowa, which was ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 at the time.

Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), one of four unbeatens left in the Football Bowl Subdivision, also earned a ranking this week after missing out a week ago. The 9-0 Roadrunners are No. 23 after beating UTEP 44-23.

Utah and Arkansas also entered the rankings at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively. Below is the complete Top 25:

1. Georgia
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Ohio State
5. Cincinnati
6. Michigan
7. Michigan State
8. Oklahoma
9. Notre Dame
10. Oklahoma State
11. Texas A&M
12. Wake Forest
13. Baylor
14. BYU
15. Ole Miss
16. North Carolina State
17. Auburn
18. Wisconsin
19. Purdue
20. Iowa
21. Pittsburgh
22. San Diego State
23. UTSA
24. Utah
25. Arkansas

–Field Level Media