The Clemson Tigers are defending National Champions, but as expected the oddsmakers have installed the Alabama Crimson Tide as the favorite to win the 2018 College Football National Title. The Tide is a low 5 to 2 chalk to take home the top prize.
Is Alabama a deserving favorite? Probably. But at 5/2 it may be a tough bet to swallow for some. Keep reading for other popular College Football National Title betting picks along with the complete betting odds.
Full list of odds to win the 2017-18 CFB title game
The Oddsmakers Pick To Win The CFB Title: Alabama Crimson Tide 5/2
Alabama’s offense should be decent. If the Tide sticks to the rushing attack with big Bo Scarborough, the offense might be unstoppable. Then again, Alabama must rebuild its offensive line. Usually, that’s a death knell for teams. Not in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban is always thinking 3 to 4 years ahead.
The Crimson Tide defense should be exceptional in the secondary. I have no doubt that Alabama’s defensive line has been restocked. There’s nothing to dislike about the Crimson Tide save for the odds.
It’s tough to go undefeated in the SEC. Just because of that, I can’t swallow 5 to 2.
The Sharp Pick To Win The CFB Title: Oklahoma Sooners 15/1
This is the season the real Oklahoma Sooners come to play. With the retirement of Bob Stoops, Oklahoma has a chance to go in a different direction. Stoops was a fantastic coach. He’s a hall of fame coach. But, I think the program under Stoops in Norman became too mechanical.
The Sooners won’t be mechanical this season. Lincoln Riley is a young, smart, individual who wants to win right away. He could. QB Baker Mayfield is a top Heisman Trophy candidate. The Sooners return enough on defense to dominate their Big 12 opponents.
That’s the thing. The Big 12 isn’t as deep this season as it often is. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State project to be the two best teams. Oklahoma almost always beats Oklahoma State. That makes Oklahoma a smart play at 15 to 1.
The Value Pick To Win The CFB Title: Penn State Nittany Lions 20/1
Everyone, I mean, everyone believes the Big Ten comes down to Ohio State and Michigan. Are their memories that bad? Penn State should have upset USC in the Rose Bowl. The Nittany Lions also beat Ohio State last season.
Why the disrespect? I’m not sure. Penn State returns 4 starters along the offensive line. Those guys are going to block for, arguably, the best QB in the Big Ten, Trace McSorley. They’re also going to block for, arguably, the best RB in the Big Ten, Saquon Barkley.
The defense is young. But, almost everyone on the defense has played. I love Penn State at 20 to 1.
|TEAM||OPENING ODDS||UPDATED ODDS|
|Alabama CRIMSON TIDE||3-1||5-2|
|Ohio St BUCKEYES||8-1||3-1|
|Florida St SEMINOLES||8-1||8-1|
|Penn St NITTANY LIONS||25-1||20-1|
|Oklahoma St COWBOYS||20-1||40-1|
|Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH||60-1||40-1|
|Miami FL HURRICANES||30-1||50-1|
|Virginia Tech HOKIES||40-1||60-1|
|Kansas St WILDCATS||30-1||80-1|
|West Virginia MOUNTAINEERS||50-1||100-1|
|TCU HORNED FROGS||60-1||100-1|
|Washington St COUGARS||60-1||100-1|
|Boise St BRONCOS||100-1||100-1|
|Texas A&M AGGIES||100-1||100-1|
|NC State WOLFPACK||100-1||200-1|
|Georgia Tech YELLOW JACKETS||100-1||200-1|
|North Carolina TAR HEELS||100-1||300-1|
|Michigan St SPARTANS||100-1||500-1|
|Minnesota GOLDEN GOPHERS||100-1||300-1|
|Mississippi St BULLDOGS||200-1||300-1|
|South Florida BULLS||300-1||300-1|
|Arizona St SUN DEVILS||200-1||500-1|
|San Diego St AZTECS||1000-1||500-1|
|Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS||300-1||1000-1|
|Texas Tech RED RAIDERS||300-1||1000-1|
|South Carolina GAMECOCKS||300-1||1000-1|
|Duke BLUE DEVILS||500-1||1000-1|
|Central Florida KNIGHTS||1000-1||1000-1|
|Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS||1000-1||1000-1|
|Colorado St RAMS||1000-1||1000-1|
|Boston College EAGLES||500-1||2000-1|
|Iowa St CYCLONES||500-1||2000-1|
|Oregon St BEAVERS||500-1||2000-1|
|California GOLDEN BEARS||500-1||5000-1|
|Tulsa GOLDEN HURRICANE||1000-1||5000-1|
|East Carolina PIRATES||1000-1||5000-1|
|Tulane GREEN WAVE||1000-1||5000-1|
|Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS||1000-1||5000-1|
|Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI||1000-1||5000-1|
|Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS||1000-1||5000-1|
|Army BLACK KNIGHTS||1000-1||5000-1|
|Air Force FALCONS||1000-1||5000-1|
|New Mexico LOBOS||1000-1||5000-1|
|Utah State AGGIES||1000-1||5000-1|
|Nevada WOLF PACK||1000-1||9999-1|
|FIELD (all others)||1000-1||1000-1|
|Ole Miss REBELS||80-1||XX|