Ohio State might not sit atop the College Football Playoff Rankings heading into Week 12, but the Buckeyes are the favorite to win the national title, according to the odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
At +200, No. 2 ranked OSU is ever so slightly ahead of No. 3 Clemson Tigers and their +210 odds. The No. 1 team in the nation, the LSU Tigers, have the third best odds, at +410, despite beating Alabama (+1000) in an upset win in Week 10.
No. 4 Georgia takes on No. 12 Auburn in Week 12, a game that could swing the Bulldogs' odds (+1400) one way or the other, depending on the outcome of the 3:30 p.m. contest.
College Football Playoff Odds
Despite being the current odds favorite, Ohio State doesn't necessarily have an easy road to the CFP. After playing Rutgers today, the Buckeyes then face No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan before a potential matchup with another Big Ten powerhouse in the conference title game.
The easiest path of the bunch is seemingly Clemson, who will face Wake Forest and South Carolina before finishing the season in the ACC title game against a most likely unranked opponent.
The most complicated part of the equation are still the SEC representatives, with both Georgia and Alabama having to face Auburn.Then, on top of that, there's still the SEC Championship Game to consider.
If it's not one of those top five teams, according to the odds, there are a couple of longshots in Oklahoma and Oregon, both sitting at +4000, that could sneak into the playoff. With Baylor (+14000) playing Oklahoma tonight in Waco, one of those teams will likely be eliminated from the running with a loss.
Given the remaining potential matchups between these top squads, it's safe to say that there will likely be some movement in the odds as we get closer to the CFP.
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