College Football Playoff Odds Have Ohio State and Clemson Leading Despite LSU's Big Win
Heading into Week 12 of the college football season, the top-25 rankings have gotten a shake up and the odds to win the College Football Playoff are no different. The Ohio State Buckeyes (+200) and Clemson Tigers (+210) are now the top-two favorites to win it all, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
This is significant because it's the first time all season Ohio State has led in the odds and that neither Clemson or Alabama has held the best odds.
After an incredible 59-point win over Maryland, the Buckeyes actually dropped in the CFP rankings, to No. 2 overall, with LSU being bumped up to No. 1 following its impressive road win over Alabama. However, the team did get good news surrounding defensive end Chase Young, who many feel is the best defensive player in college football. He will only be suspended for one more game (for receiving benefits and violating NCAA rules), before being eligible to return to the team.
Clemson has slipped under the radar for much of the season, after failing to dominate some inferior teams on their schedule early in the season. Still, the Tigers own a perfect 10-0 record and have found their way back into the top-three spots of the College Football Playoff Rankings. If they are able to win out, grabbing an ACC title in the process, they're a lock for the playoff.
Just behind Ohio State and Clemson in the odds to win the College Football Playoff are the LSU Tigers (+450) and Alabama Crimson Tide (+1000), who faced off in Week 11. LSU defeated Alabama by five points, giving it the edge in both the rankings and odds to win it all. Despite being ahead of Alabama in the rankings, the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs currently have the fifth-best odds to win the College Football Playoff at +1400.
A big upset of any of these teams at or near the top would cause a major shift, so while these rankings and odds may seem clear now, things could change in the blink of an eye.
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