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It was an interesting road, but the College Football Playoff committee finally arrived at their final decision for the first-ever playoff at the FBS level. And while there was plenty of debate leading up to the release of the final rankings, the consensus by most is that they got the four teams right.
Don’t ask the Big 12 though.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State make up the four teams in the inaugural college football playoff, in that order. The Crimson Tide will meet the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl, while the Seminoles will take on the Ducks in the Rose Bowl where FSU won the national championship last season. Both games will take place on New Year’s Day, with the Rose Bowl the first to kick at 5:00pm ET, with the Sugar Bowl kicking off at 8:30pm ET.
The two winners of the national semifinals will then meet Monday, January 12th in Dallas from Cowboys Stadium.
As it stands currently, Alabama is the odds-on favorite to win the college football playoff and capture the national championship. Bovada Sportsbook has listed individual odds for each of the four teams in the playoffs. The Crimson Tide are current even money favorites to beat Ohio State, and the winner FSU vs. Oregon.
Behind Alabama come the Ducks. Oregon is the No.2 seed and favored over the Seminoles in their semifinal. The payout from Bovada on Oregon to win the title is installed at 17/20, which is under a 2 to 1 payout.
The two underdogs in the semifinal matchups come next. The defending national champion Seminoles, winners of 29 games in a row, are installed at 13/2 to repeat. That is a payout of just over 6 to 1. And then comes Ohio State to round things out. The Buckeyes were the fourth and final team put into the college football playoff, courtesy of a 59-0 route of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes have the longest odds to win two games in the college football playoff, set at 8/1.
Outside of the odds to win the championship, Bovada has also set exact matchup odds. Obviously the two favorites in the semifinals are favored to meet, with a bet on Alabama facing Oregon paying out -160.
Regardless of which teams end up meeting, January 1, 2015 will be a historic day in college football, and one where millions will be tuning in for the two matchups. LatestBettingOdds.com will have more on the individual games over the coming weeks. The championship odds from Bovada can be found below.