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Odds to Win College Football Playoff Give Clemson Edge Over Ohio State and LSU Heading Into Conference Title Games

David Kaestle
Trevor Lawrence celebrates during Clemson's win against South Carolina.
Trevor Lawrence celebrates during Clemson's win against South Carolina. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
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As the college football world prepares for a week filled with conference championship games, it's time for us to check in on the current odds for each team to bring home the national title.

Clemson and Ohio State both remain as the top two spots in the odds to win the College Football Playoff (CFP), at +140 and +165, respectively, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That's a paralleled improvement over each team's odds of +150 and +175 last week.

LSU has the third-best odds to win the title, coming in at +400. This difference is due in part to the fact that LSU has a tough SEC championship game against Georgia still to play, while Clemson and Ohio State's conference title games should prove to be easier matchups. The results in those games could have a significant impact on LSU's seeding in the CFP.

Georgia has the fourth-best odds (+1400), rounding out the four teams that seemingly still control their own destiny. While Clemson, Ohio State and LSU will almost certainly get in regardless of what happens in the conference title games, Georgia likely needs a win over LSU in the SEC championship to get in. A loss all but assures the Bulldogs will be on the outside looking in.

Oklahoma (+2500), Utah (+2500), Baylor (+20000) and Oregon (+20000) are seemingly the only other teams with a chance to make the CFP.

The winner of the Big 12 championship between Oklahoma and Baylor will need a loss from Georgia to get in. The winner of the Pac-12 championship between Utah and Oregon will also need a Georgia loss, and potentially still might not get in depending on how the committee views their resume in comparison to the winner of the Big 12 championship.

The CFP Rankings can be a confusing science, especially heading into the final weekend, but the odds should help paint a better picture of everyone's chances.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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