Odds to Win College Football Playoff Give LSU Slight Edge Over Clemson as Bowl Season Approaches

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Joe Burrow celebrates with Coach O during the SEC championship game. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The College Football Playoff (CFP) is set. The final four ranks as LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma, in that order.

Although, as we head into college football bowl season, the odds for who will come away as national champions don't paint the exact same picture as the final rankings.

The No. 1 ranked team, the LSU Tigers, do have the best odds to win the CFP at +170, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, there's a little bit of a shake up after that. The Clemson Tigers, despite being the No. 3 seed, have the second-best odds at +180, slightly behind LSU.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, the No. 2 seed, have the third-best odds at +210. The Oklahoma Sooners, the No. 4 seed, come in way behind the other three teams in the odds, at +1200.

There are a couple of reasons that Oklahoma's odds could have such a stark drop off from the rest of the pack. First, the Sooners are the only team in the playoff that isn't undefeated.

Second, they are going up against the Tigers in the CFP semifinals, and LSU is a 13-point favorite in that one. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will go up against Clemson in the other semifinal game, and the Tigers are 2-point favorites.

While the odds slightly differ from the rankings heading into bowl season, things could change quickly once the first round of the CFP kicks off.

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