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The Florida State Seminoles keep winning, but that hasn’t stopped them from falling in the rankings. FSU finished a second-straight regular season undefeated, and will face Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game this Saturday night. The Noles will do so however as the No.4 team in the country, down a spot from last week despite the win over in-state rival Florida.
At the top of the rankings entering the final week before the playoff is determined, reigns Alabama. The Crimson Tide won the highest-scoring Iron Bowl in history this past weekend, and continue to occupy the top spot. Alabama is also in front on Bovada Sportsbook’s 2015 college football championship betting lines. The Crimson Tide have been in that position for several weeks now though, with the latest payout sitting at 8/5. That is just under a 2 to 1 margin.
The college football playoff committee and the Vegas sportsbooks appear to be right in line. They go in the same order in the top-four. Behind Alabama is Oregon and TCU. Oregon is set at 5/2 to win the title, and have been No.2 for the last few weeks. Meanwhile for the Horned Frogs, they moved up a spot in the rankings this week, jumping the Seminoles. TCU’s payout sits at 5/1 to win the championship, which is their best position all season long.
The top-four appear to control their own destiny. With the Horned Frogs in at No.3, the committee is clearly favoring them over Baylor, despite the head-to-head loss against the Bears. Baylor is sitting in the fifth position on the betting odds, slated at 9/1. They will almost certainly need one of the top-four teams to lose this week.
The same can be said for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The loss of quarterback J.T. Barrett is a big hit to the team, but they still have the opportunity to prove themselves against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. A victory in that matchup could potentially vault the Buckeyes in front of Baylor because they have the conference championship game. That could put them as the next team in line to get into the top-four if one of the teams in there currently loses. Ohio State is sitting at 12/1 according to Bovada.
The rest of the teams that are technically still alive to win the national title have a couple of losses to their name, and would need the majority of the teams in the top-four + the ones ahead of them to take a nose dive. Missouri, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia Tech, and Kansas State are the final teams alive. All of them will have the opportunity to affect the playoff race though with the games on the schedule this week.
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the full set of payouts as they are live. These lines could shift based on how the money is placed. The odds will be up until kickoff on Saturday.