2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

With the start of the 2017 NCAA college football season getting closer by the day, collegiate gridiron betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know which handful of teams look like they’ll have the best chances of cashing in on their season-long odds to win the 2018 national championship.

While Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide are once again, the prohibitive favorite to win the 2018 national championship, the Clemson Tigers just proved that, as perennially powerful as the Tide are, they are not ‘locks’ to win the national championship each and every year.

With that said, this take a look at a few other betting picks who could upset Bama to win the 2017-18 College Football National Championship.

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

School Current Odds
Alabama CRIMSON TIDE +310
USC TROJANS +825
Florida St SEMINOLES +850
Ohio St BUCKEYES +875
Oklahoma SOONERS +1300
Penn St NITTANY LIONS +2000
LSU TIGERS +2200
Michigan WOLVERINES +2500
Washington HUSKIES +2800
Auburn TIGERS +3200
Clemson TIGERS +3500
Texas LONGHORNS +4500
Georgia BULLDOGS +5000
Louisville CARDINALS +5000
Florida GATORS +5000
Oklahoma St COWBOYS +5300
Wisconsin BADGERS +5500
Kansas St WILDCATS +7000
Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH +8000
Miami FL HURRICANES +8500
Virginia Tech HOKIES +8500
Stanford CARDINAL +10000
Tennessee VOLUNTEERS +10000
TCU HORNED FROGS +11500
Oregon DUCKS +12500
Washington St COUGARS +12500
UCLA BRUINS +12500
West Virginia MOUNTAINEERS +15000
NC State WOLFPACK +20000
Texas A&M AGGIES +20000
Nebraska CORNHUSKERS +20000
Colorado BUFFALOES +25000
Iowa HAWKEYES +30000
Utah UTES +30000
Pittsburgh PANTHERS +35000
BYU COUGARS +35000
Northwestern WILDCATS +35000
Baylor BEARS +35000
Arkansas RAZORBACKS +40000
Michigan St SPARTANS +50000
South Florida BULLS +50000
Minnesota GOLDEN GOPHERS +50000
Mississippi St BULLDOGS +50000
North Carolina TAR HEELS +50000
Arizona St SUN DEVILS +50000
Georgia Tech YELLOW JACKETS +60000
Boise St BRONCOS +60000
South Carolina GAMECOCKS +60000
Duke BLUE DEVILS +75000
Kentucky WILDCATS +100000
Indiana HOOSIERS +100000
Texas Tech RED RAIDERS +100000
Missouri TIGERS +100000
Iowa St CYCLONES +150000
Vanderbilt COMMODORES +150000
Boston College EAGLES +150000
Houston COUGARS +150000
Oregon St BEAVERS +150000
San Diego St AZTECS +200000
Navy MIDSHIPMEN +200000
Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS +200000
Memphis TIGERS +200000
Syracuse ORANGE +200000
Colorado St RAMS +250000
Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS +300000
California GOLDEN BEARS +300000
Maryland TERRAPINS +300000
Arizona WILDCATS +300000
Western Michigan BRONCOS +500000
Central Florida KNIGHTS +500000
Tulsa GOLDEN HURRICANE +500000
Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS +500000
Temple OWLS +500000
Purdue BOILERMAKERS +600000
Virginia CAVALIERS +600000
Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI +600000
Miami Ohio REDHAWKS +750000
Arkansas St RED WOLVES +750000
Army BLACK KNIGHTS +750000
Appalachian St MOUNTAINEERS +750000
Cincinnati BEARCATS +750000
Marshall THUNDERING HERD +750000
Buffalo BULLS +999999
Hawaii RAINBOWS +999999
Wyoming COWBOYS +999999
Rice OWLS +999999
Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS +999999
Idaho VANDALS +999999
San Jose State SPARTANS +999999
SMU MUSTANGS +999999
South Alabama JAGUARS +999999
Middle Tennessee St BLUE RAIDERS +999999
Akron ZIPS +999999
Southern Miss GOLDEN EAGLES +999999
Ball St CARDINALS +999999
East Carolina PIRATES +999999
Eastern Michigan EAGLES +999999
Air Force FALCONS +999999
Kansas JAYHAWKS +999999
Nevada WOLF PACK +999999
New Mexico LOBOS +999999
Texas State BOBCATS +999999
New Mexico St AGGIES +999999
Troy TROJANS +999999
Tulane GREEN WAVE +999999
Florida Atlantic OWLS +999999
UAB BLAZERS +999999
North Texas MEAN GREEN +999999
UCONN HUSKIES +999999
UL Lafayette RAGIN’ CAJUNS +999999
UL Monroe WARHAWKS +999999
UMASS MINUTEMEN +999999
UNLV REBELS +999999
Northern Illinois HUSKIES +999999
Utah State AGGIES +999999
Kent State GOLDEN FLASHES +999999
UTEP MINERS +999999
UTSA ROADRUNNERS +999999
Central Michigan CHIPPEWAS +999999
Ohio BOBCATS +999999
Florida International GOLDEN PANTHERS +999999
Charlotte 49ERS +999999
Fresno State BULLDOGS +999999
Old Dominion MONARCHS +999999
Bowling Green FALCONS +999999
Georgia Southern EAGLES +999999
Georgia State PANTHERS +999999
Ole Miss REBELS N/A
‘FIELD’ N/A


The Las Vegas Oddsmakers Favorite Pick To Win: Alabama +310

The Crimson Tide lost a bunch of players to the NFL Draft (what else is new?) but they’re once again the prohibitive favorites and for good reason. Not only will polarizing head coach Nick Saban almost assuredly produce another fantastic defense in 2017, but more importantly, he has a dual-threat, Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback in Jalen Hurts (2,780 passing yds, 954 rushing yds, 23 passing TDs, 13 rushing Tds) and likely another in supremely gifted, but oft-injured running back Bo Scarborough (812 yds, 11 TDs). You might not like them very much if you live outside the state of Alabama, but there’s a reason why the Tide are favored!

The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 NCAA Football Title: Penn State +2000

With the sixth-best odds to win the 2018 national championship, clearly oddsmakers were impressed with Penn State’s stellar 11-3 campaign a year ago, despite the fact that it ended with a heartbreaking 52-49 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl. Heading into the new season, Penn State features a pair of legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders in gifted running back Saquon Barkley (1,496 yds, 22 Tds) and unflappable quarterback Trace McSorley (3,614 yds, 29 Tds) and that alone makes them worthy of their odds in my estimation. If the Nittany Lions play defense like they did in finishing 37th overall nationally, I believe James Franklin’s squad could end up in the four-team playoff after getting robbed this past season.

The Value Pick To Win The 2017 College Football Championship: Washington Huskies +2800

The Washington Huskies had a fine season in 2016 under widely-respected head coach Chris Petersen by going 12-2 and winning the PAC-12 title while reaching the four-team playoff. Still, after falling to Alabama 24-7 in the national semifinals, oddsmakers clearly aren’t showing the Huskies a lot of love as they own the ninth-best odds to win the 2018 national championship.

No matter, I believe Washington is offering great value as a +2800 pick, seeing as how the Huskies have their own pair of Heisman contenders in underrated quarterback Jake Browning (3,430 yds, 43 TDs) and equally underrated running back Myles Gaskin (1,373 yds, 10 Tds). While the Cougars will miss speedy wide receiver John Ross, I’m thinking everyone needs to remember that Washington ranked a stellar eighth in scoring (41.8 ppg) and equally impressive eighth in points allowed (17.7 ppg) and that Petersen is as good a coach as there is in the country, including Nick Saban.

The Longshot Pick To Win: Texas A&M +20000

So what the Aggies went a modest 8-5 a year ago and lost the top pick in the NFL draft in defensive end Myles Garrett. Kevin Sumlin is one of the best offensive minds in all of college football and the Aggies have a pair of legitimate playmakers in junior wide receiver Christian Kirk and sophomore running back Trayveon Williams. Kirk has accumulated nearly 2,000 receiving yards in two seasons, while Williams rushed for 1,057 yards as a freshman. While Sumlin has to figure out who his starting quarterback will be in 2017, the Aggies ranked an impressive 34th in scoring nationally 934.8 ppg) and equally solid 40th in points allowed (24.5 ppg). Sure, the Aggies have all kinds of obstacles to overcome heading into 2017, but that’s why they’re a +20000 longshot.