Odds to Win College Football Playoff After Week 4 Have Wisconsin and Auburn Soaring

By David Hayes
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Week 4 of the 2019 college football season finally brought us what most of the nation has been waiting for: the first top-10 team to fall. Last weekend even brought us more than one, between then-No. 7 Notre Dame's loss to No. 3 Georgia and then-No. 10 Utah stumbling against USC on the road.

However, the most impactful Week 4 game in the latest odds to win the 2020 College Football Playoff, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, came out of Madison, Wisconsin, as the Badgers trounced the Michigan Wolverines, 35-14.

Then-No. 13 Wisconsin dominated Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines, taking a 35-0 lead into the fourth quarter, and the 21-point win saw the Badgers' +6000 odds to win this year's CFP improve all the way +2500.

As for Michigan, the No. 20 Wolverines fell nine spots in the latest AP Top-25 Poll, and Michigan's CFP odds reflected much of the same tune, plummeting from +2500 to +5000.

No. 8 Auburn was another huge riser in the latest CFP odds after an impressive road win over then-No. 17 Texas A&M in College Station saw the Tigers' title odds jump from +8000 to +4000. Auburn still has to face No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 LSU later this season, but the Tigers have already notched two wins over top-20 opponents through Week 4.

Despite an impressive fourth-quarter finish that nearly saw the 14.5-point underdog Fighting Irish pull off the road win in Athens, Notre Dame's 23-17 loss to No. 3 Georgia dropped the Irish's national championship odds from +2500 to +10000.

Considering Notre Dame's lack of a conference championship game, the Irish are going to need some serious help to make a second straight CFP appearance.

There's still plenty of football left to be played, and even this week's biggest risers in Wisconsin and Auburn are still playing a massive game of catchup with No. 1 Clemson (+175) and No. 2 Alabama (+300). However, Week 4 certainly gave us the biggest change in the national title odds we've seen so far this season.

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