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College Football Odds Breakdown: NCAAF Betting Favourites 

 

With the season kick-off right around the corner, it’s time to talk college football. As always, fans should expect plenty of drama, outstanding individual and team performances, and incredulous come-from-behind victories. While some of last season’s highest quality players, such as Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, and Sam Darnold, have left college behind to join the professional ranks, plenty of student-athletes remain in school and are ready to prove themselves on the gridiron this season. 

 

 

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With few exceptions year-to-year, the top programs in the sport typically dominate the college football betting landscape, and the usual suspects once again top the favourites list when it comes to NCAA football odds for the national championship. Alabama and Clemson are believed to have the best shot at the title, with Georgia and Ohio State not too far behind. This isn’t shocking considering Alabama reigned supreme at the end of last season with a close win over Georgia in the national championship game, while Clemson has managed to earn three straight trips to the College Football Playoff as one of the most consistent teams year in and year out. 

 

 

Alabama Crimson Tide – +200 NCAAF Odds

 

The standard of excellence has been set by the Tide, who all other teams attempt to emulate. Having won the national championship five out of the last nine seasons, Nick Saban and company have a way to strike fear into their opponents. This squad will be no different – an elite, athletic collection of talent at each position that will look to dominate their opponents with their rare combination of size and speed. Even though Saban is still undecided with who will be under center come Week 1 against Louisville, this squad will be incredibly tough to beat. The Tide are clear favourites for the title, with their college football lines being set at +200 as we go to press. 

 

 

 

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Clemson Tigers – +450 NCAAF Odds

 

While Clemson only managed the seventh-best recruiting class in the nation this offseason according to 247 sports, they were able to ink the top recruit in the sport in quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Experts predict that last season’s starter Kelly Bryant will be at the helm for their September 1 opener against Furman, but Lawrence may be licking his chops in the meantime. According to reports, he’s performed well in training camp. 

Moving the ball against NFL-calibre talent in Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, and Austin Bryant will be an almost impossible task for opposing offenses, something on which Clemson is bound to feast this year. The Tigers are true contenders at +450 college football National Championship odds

 

 

Georgia Bulldogs – +800 NCAAF Odds

 

Losing premier talent from their 2017 roster to the NFL in the likes of linebacker Roquan Smith, tackle Isaiah Wynn, and running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, an undeterred Kirby Smart went ahead and signed the top recruiting class in the country during the offseason. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, one of those coveted recruits – running back Zamir White – tore his ACL in a scrimmage on Saturday and is now out for the season. Even with that loss, Georgia is considered a dangerous team that should contend nationally during the upcoming season. The Bulldogs are +800 on the college football odds board. 

 

 

Ohio State Buckeyes – +850 NCAAF Odds

 

Unfortunately for Ohio State fans, the off-the-field story surrounding head coach Urban Meyer and what he knew about his former assistant’s domestic abuse situation is overshadowing any talk of their loaded talent, which they should have a plethora of this season. Even with Meyer’s investigation looming, the quality of their players is too great to be ignored. The Buckeyes signed the second-best recruiting class in the sport and will be a tough out in the Big 10 as well as on the national stage. Their NCAAF odds are currently set at +850 for the championship. 

 

 

Washington Huskies - +1500 NCAAF Odds

 

The Huskies had a solid 10-2 regular season a year ago and will be looking to build upon that this season. Senior quarterback Jake Browning has another year of experience under his belt and should contend for the Heisman trophy this season. 

Sixth-ranked Washington starts the season with a bang against No. 9 Auburn on a neutral field in Atlanta, and this game could decide the Huskies’ season. Chris Petersen’s squad doesn’t play another ranked team again until October 13 when they travel to Oregon, so if they get off to a hot start and gain confidence with each passing week, they’ll be difficult to stop. If you’re looking for value, the Huskies at +1500 on the college football betting lines may be right up your alley. 

 

 

*Odds as of August 22, 2018