NCAA Football Title Odds & Picks

By Mike Rose

Whaddya’ know?! The Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Clemson Tigers are the odds-on favorites to qualify for the College Football Playoff. How original! Betting the national championship futures odds in the college landscape has been of the wash, rinse, repeat variety ever since the CFP came into existence.


While we’d likely be better off taking a Bic to the funds were going to wager with at BetRivers Sportsbook on two of the teams recommended down below, I still can’t help but take a stab just to see if I can add to the bottom line should this college football betting season get turned on its head. Personally, I don’t think anyone is getting in the way of an ultra-motivated Crimson Tide outfit, but one can only hope.


NCAA Football Title Odds at BetRivers Sportsbook

Alabama    +125

Georgia    +275

Ohio State    +400

Clemson    +1000

Texas A&M/USC/Notre Dame    +2000

Oklahoma    +3300

Michigan/Texas/Oregon    +5000

Penn State/Utah/Wisconsin    +6000

OK State/Baylor/Florida    +6600

Miami    +7700

LSU/Ole Miss    +8000

Kentucky/UNC/Miss St/Arkansas/Minnesota/Tennessee/Iowa    +10000


*All remaining teams greater than 100-1


Favorite to Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide +125

Bama has qualified for the CFP all but once since it came into existence. With reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young in tow and the team playing with an enormous chip on its shoulder after losing a game, it could’ve won to Georgia in the ‘Natti; I truly don’t believe any team in the country has what it takes to get the best of this team. Nick Saban overlooks a breeding ground of football excellence in Tuscaloosa. It’s amazing how readily able the program is able to reload whenever shares of its stock moves onto the next level.


The Crimson Tide could’ve defeated Utah State by 100 points if it didn’t call off the dogs in the third quarter. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion they held off purposely so as to allow for the Texas Longhorns to feel the brunt of their wrath.


Even if they go on to throttle the Horns in Austin, their odds of winning the title can’t get much shorter. By all means, go right ahead if you feel the need to tie up your bankroll for the next four-plus months for a near-even money return on investment.


BetRivers Sportsbook ReviewUnderdog to Bet: USC Trojans +2000

What a debut for the fighting Lincoln Riley’s! All kidding aside, the Trojans looked like a completely different team than the one CFB bettors had gotten used to watching under the prior regime. The offense was nothing if not lethal in racking up over 530 total yards of offense with newcomers Caleb Williams and Jordan Addison putting on a show. Most impressive, however, was the play of Alex Grinch’s defense, which conceded a grand total of 280 yards and put the game out of reach by coming up with a trio of pick-sixes.


USC saw its odds fall from 30-1 to 20-1 because of it, and their rate of return is likely to only get shorter over the next few weeks with @Stanford and Fresno State on the docket. That trek to Oregon State will prove to be a stiff test, but the Trojans should remain unscathed until that visit to Salt Lake City where a determined Utes squad will await. I don’t envision USC’s odds of winning it all getting any longer moving forward, so now’s the time to strike if you haven’t already.


Longshot to Bet: Utah Utes +6000

I’ll continue playing the value game with the aforementioned Utes, who came a blowup game from Anthony Richardson and a turnover by Cam Rising in the end zone on the game’s final play away from going into the Swamp and coming out with a hard-fought win.


Looking at the box score, Utah was in the game all the way through in only getting outgained 452-446 and playing even in the turnover battle. The main issue proved to be an inability to stop Florida’s ground assault, with Richardson and the gang combining for 284 yards on the ground. They averaged a whopping 7.47 yards per 38 total carries! That being said, Kyle Whittingham knows how to coach up his defense, and I fully expect that problem area to be rectified in short order.


Remember, this is a team that had Ohio State’s lethal offense on the ropes in the Rose Bowl last season before the Buckeyes pulled off a furious comeback.


All the loss to the Gators did was create some line value on the futures odds, and it’s that value that I’ll attempt to take advantage of should it hold serve against the Trojans at home in mid-October and get back on track towards punching yet another ticket to the Pac-12 title game. Its odds to win the ship chimed in at 45-1 a bulk of the summer but can now be had at 60-1 – sign me up!