College Football National Champion Odds Reflect Bizarre New Playoff Rankings

Larry Rupp
The college football National Champion odds reflect the bizarre new playoff rankings.
The college football National Champion odds reflect the bizarre new playoff rankings. / Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The college football playoff system makes it one of the hardest sports to bet on when it comes to what team will win the National Championship each year. The rankings and odds are constantly changing to reflect what the committee is thinking. That is no different this season.

The latest college football playoff rankings were released on Tuesday and featured the same teams leading the way. Alabama (-130), Notre Dame (+800), Clemson (+250), and Ohio State +500) find themselves at the top of the rankings as well as the odds to win it all, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's college football futures odds.

It's after those four teams where things get really interesting. Iowa State (+6000), Florida (+6000), and Oklahoma (+8000) all have two losses each, but remain higher on both the rankings and in the odds than undefeated Cincinnati (+10000). Texas A&M (+8000) and Northwestern (+15000) round out the top 10 in odds to win the National Championship this season.

It's important to note that the odds are seemingly changing because the rankings tell a lot about which teams have the best shot to make the playoff in the committee's eyes. It is not exactly based on what team is playing best right now.

These odds are set to change once again with an upcoming weekend full of ranked matchups and conference championship games.

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