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After a Week 8 slate that left four of the top five College Football Playoff odds favorites in even cushier standing than a week before, the playoff gods unleashed their wrath prior to Week 9.

Headlined by then-No. 2 Ohio State's embarrassing loss to Purdue, the Week 9 odds for winning the College Football Playoff now has four of the most-storied programs in the sport at a dead even +1400 to win it all, behind odds-on favorite Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.


Just look at that star-studded list – Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia. 

I know what you're thinking, how did Michigan drop from +1100 in Week 8 to +1400 for a tie this week, after the Wolverines went on the road to defeat then-No. 24 Michigan State, 21-7, in convincing fashion?

Ironically enough, it's likely due to the fact that a squandered chance of playing an undefeated Ohio State team in the last game of the season would have awarded them a better chance of making the playoff than defeating the same Buckeyes team with one loss. That means if Wolverine fans really want to make or win the CFP, they may actually want to start cheering for Ohio State until the rivalry game in the last game of the season.

All three of the SEC's top dogs in Alabama, LSU and Georgia continued to climb in the latest odds, furthering the possibility of a nightmarish, three-SEC-team representation in this year's College Football Playoff.

As for teams that fell off the map in Week 9, Michigan State and Oregon are no where to be found after both programs endured big losses to ranked opponents this weekend. 


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