LSU and Ohio State's College Football Playoff Odds Continue to Soar Ahead of Major Week 9 Showdowns

By David Hayes
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Between then-No. 3 Georgia and then-No. 6 Wisconsin both suffering shocking upsets in Week 7 and Week 8, respectively, the field of remaining College Football Playoff contenders has significantly narrowed heading into Week 9.

Two major trends, however, have remained incredibly consistent on a week-over-week basis as No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Ohio State continue flying up the board in the latest odds to win the 2020 CFP, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Led by new Heisman Trophy betting favorite in quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU had no trouble dispatching Mississippi State, 36-13, on the road last weekend. And the Tigers' CFP odds improved from +1000 to +700. SEC West division rival No. 1 Alabama also took a step in the wrong direction after the Crimson Tide's star QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered an ankle injury that's expected to keep him sidelined until the two heavyweights clash in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9 in Week 11.

After Ohio State annihilated Northwestern, 52-3, on the road in Evanston, the Buckeyes' odds to win it all climbed from +700 to +500. Ohio State may have also gotten some indirect help from Wisconsin last Saturday after the Badgers revealed a much uglier side of their team than many believed was possible.

Wisconsin was the biggest faller in Week 8, and it wasn't even close. After the Badgers lost a heartbreaker to a bad Illinois team as 31-point road favorites, Wisconsin's CFP odds plummeted from +2500 to +10000 just one week ahead of UW's marquee matchup with Ohio State in Columbus.

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