Iowa QB C.J. Beathard

Games That Can Potentially Change The College Football Playoff Odds

Written by on August 12, 2016

Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) is the favorite to emerge from next year’s College Football Playoff with a national championship. Right behind them are Michigan and Florida State (7-1), along with Clemson, Ohio State and LSU (8-1). Let’s look at some games that could bust the fortunes of these college football betting favorites wide open. Games That Can Potentially Change The College Football Playoff Odds Alabama vs USC (Week 1) This Week 1 matchup in the home of the Dallas Cowboys will feature a USC program fired up to exorcise the demons of a year ago. The first week can be an interesting time in a college football program’s fortunes, because you’re basically banking on kids who either still are or just finished being teenagers and hoping they can execute. USC should have a solid rushing game and could send some balls down the field, so if the Tide aren’t quite yet set on defense, the Trojans could make this a real problem. Alabama at Ole Miss (Week 3) Ole Miss was the only team to beat Alabama last year, and they did it in Tuscaloosa. You can be sure that the Crimson Tide will be mentally prepared to bring revenge, but can the Rebels light things up down the field against an Alabama defense that had to reload most of their front seven?   Alabama at Tennessee (Week 7) The Volunteers sit at 12-1 odds to win the CFP, as they are a young and talented team that should win the SEC East if nothing else. That energetic squad could be ready to deliver a sucker punch to the favorites in the conference. Michigan at Michigan State (Week 9) Last year, the Wolverines had Michigan State beaten last year, which would definitely have shaken up the standings in the Big Ten East. Then, Michigan lined up for a punt on the last play of the game, only to see Michigan State block the kick and return it for a touchdown and secure the win as time expired. This year, Michigan State should be down with the loss of quarterback Connor Cook, but in rivalry games like this one, particularly since Michigan has yet to establish a starting quarterback, you just never know what will happen. Michigan at Iowa (Week 11) Iowa went undefeated all the way to the Big Ten title game last year, and they return quarterback C.J. Beathard and most of their playmakers on offense. Even so, they’ve slipped all the way down to being 80-1 favorites to win the national championship this year. The Hawkeyes play a grinding style on offense, running and throwing short passes to wind time off the clock, and their defense is solid against the run. If the Wolverines can’t establish a passing game, this could be a long day. LSU vs Wisconsin (Week 1) Technically this is a neutral-site game, but the venue (Green Bay’s Lambeau Field) will be swarming with the red and white colors of the Wisconsin Badgers, and you know that fans will be fired up to see the Badgers playing in one of football’s finest venues. If the Badgers stack up against the run, and LSU quarterback Brandon Harris can’t make them pay through the air, this is a feisty Wisconsin team that could turn the odds on their head early.