Updated 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

Posted by Aaron . on June 1, 2016 in

To no one’s surprise, the latest 2017 College Football odds still have the defending national champions Alabama as the odds-on favorite to win it all for the second year in a row. The Tide lost a few players to the NFL draft, but they bring back the majority of their core, which puts the team in an enviable position to run the SEC en route to a possible third-straight conference title and berth in the NCAA Football playoffs. In addition, Coach Nick Saban had one the best-ranked recruitments in the nation this year, giving him some solid pieces to strengthen the team and challenge for another title. Here are the other top teams worth noting in the updated 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

Updated 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

 

 

Best Favorites in the 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

Clemson

Having last year’s Heisman Trophy Finalist QB Deshaun Watson back for another year will certainly help Clemson’s cause this year. Watson and the Tigers were splendid in the title game and fell just five points short of finishing as undefeated national champions. Given another opportunity, you can be sure that these National Championship game finalists will be a trendy CFP pick, and rightfully so. Obviously, losing defensive stars DE Shaq Lawson and CB Mackensie Alexander will not be easy to deal with, but Coach Dabo Swinney faced a similar predicament at the start of last season and excelled with flying colors, so there’s every reason to believe that he will be able to find another working formula for this year.

Michigan

After hugely exceeding expectations in Harbaugh’s first season, the Wolverines invested heavily in the offseason by adding some solid pieces to the team to work with the already-good unit from last year. Added to the expected cool-off of the Michigan State Spartans who lost tons of talent from the team (including starting QB Connor Cook), the road to the playoffs—via the Big Ten—certainly looks bright for the Wolverines. Be cautious, however, not to over-buy into the public euphoria on Harbaugh and Michigan; there’s just so much Harbaugh can do, even with his proven head coaching skills.

Ohio State

To be honest with you, I am not extremely awed by this year’s version of the Buckeyes, not after they lost tons of talent in the offseason. The 2016 Schedule doesn’t do Ohio State any favors, either, as the Bucks will be playing powerhouses in Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin, Maryland and Michigan State. That said, the Bucks return with some solid pieces on both sides of the ball, most notable of them being QB J.T. Barrett, who impressed last year in his limited minutes and is likely to do much better as the team’s undisputed starter this season. Not to forget, Urban Meyer is a master at working miracles with virtually any set of players, as we saw when the Buckeyes hassled their way into lifting the 2015 College Football Playoff title.

Best Sleepers in the 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

Tennessee

With a whopping total of 18 starters returning for Tennessee on both sides of the ball, the Volunteers—who are coming off a 9-win season—could finally make the breakout that has been discussed over the last three years since Coach Butch Jones set foot in Knoxville in 2013. Defensive issues were a bit of a concern last year, but that looks to change this year, now that the Vols have Bob Shoop running point as the new defensive coordinator. As for the offense, dual-threat QB Joshua Dobbs and RB Jalen Hurd is a lethal tandem that is sure to lead Tennessee formidably in the attack.

Other Sleepers to Consider: Florida State, Michigan State, Stanford

Best Longshots in the 2017 College Football Playoff Title Odds

Louisville

The Cardinals had a beleaguered 0-3 start last year, which eventually proved costly in the race for the ACC title. Even so, this is a team that went 6-1 SU in its last seven games of the season after settling on Lamar Jackson on QB, culminating with a thrilling win over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. That strong finish to the season by Jackson, along with the fact that the Cardinals return a total of 18 starters, should allow Louisville to be a strongly competitive unit this year. A strong season should be particularly possible if the Cards can steal at least one of the two early season meetings against FSU (on September 17th) and Clemson (on October 1st).

Other Sleepers to Consider: TCU, USC, Auburn.