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The committee moved the Alabama Crimson Tide up from No.5 to No.1 this week following the victory at home over previous No.1 Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide went from being on the outside of the top-four looking in, to the leader of the pack. That is the nature of having an entire human process this time around. It’s subjective, and that has never been more evident than now.
Of course, having Alabama at the top of the list is nothing new to Vegas. Bovada Sportsbook’s 2015 college football playoff championship odds have had the Crimson Tide out in front for the last several weeks. That position was only further validated after the victory over the top-ranked team in the country.
This week, Alabama sits just over 2 to 1 on the payout at Bovada, going off at 13/5. The college football playoff committee and the odds at Bovada match in the top-three. Following Alabama comes Oregon (4/1), and then Florida State (5/1).
Despite being the only undefeated team in the country, the Seminoles aren’t getting the full respect a defending national champion should. Of course, if FSU keeps winning they will be in the playoff. The question though is whether or not they should be in the No.1 position as the lone unbeaten team. Both Alabama and Oregon have a loss, with the Ducks’ loss coming at home.
Bovada only lists 10 teams on the futures odds as having a chance at winning the national title.
The list behind the top-three favorites goes Ohio State (6/1), TCU (7/1), Mississippi State (8/1), Baylor (9/1), Georgia (33/1), Ole Miss (33/1), and UCLA (40/1).
The latter three teams have two losses each, and of those three Georgia might have the best chance. If the Bulldogs win out and reach the SEC Championship Game, they will likely face a one-loss West Division champion ranked in the top-two. A victory over that team would put the Bulldogs at 11-2 and champions of the SEC. That would make it very difficult to keep them out, despite their losses to South Carolina and Florida on the road (call it a neutral site if you want, but the game in Jacksonville is on the road).
This upcoming week the SEC teams still alive in the national championship hunt will not be tested, but the following week will define the season for many. There are just two regular season weeks left before the conference championship games get underway.
While there is plenty of debate swirling around the current rankings, what has to be remembered is the fact that there are still games to be played. At the end of the conference championship matchups, there will be teams that fall and there might just be a clear four teams in line to duke it out in the playoffs. LatestBettingOdds.com has the complete set of payouts listed below!
College Football Championship Odds -found at Bovada Sportsbook 11/20/2014