Early 2017 College Football Title PicksJosh Bailey
Defending College Football Playoff champion Alabama goes into the new college football season as a solid +500 odds-on favorite to make it 2 in a row. Alabama sure looks difficult to beat for the CFP this season. The early college football title betting action has been going to Alabama as well. Is it that simple? Is the Crimson Tide so talented that no other teams in all of college football has a shot? I’m not so sure. Keep reading for more information on the Crimson Tide as well as my smart bet and longshot bet to win the 2017 College Football Playoff.
A Closer Look At My Early 2017 College Football Title Picks
The Favorite Bet To Win The 2017 College Football Championship: Alabama +500
Alabama lost it’s starting center in Ryan Kelly. They also lost starting QB Jake Coker and Heisman Trophy winning starting RB Derrick Henry. But Jonathan Allen decided to return to the defensive line. Rueben Foster should fill in nicely for departed LB Reggie Ragland while the secondary, which was Alabama’s Achilles Heel last season, will be much better even though Cyrus Jones won’t be manning the middle. Coach Nick Saban always has a good team. This season won’t be any different. Betting on Alabama might actually be an overlay at +500.
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The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 College Football Championship: Florida State +1200
If the Seminoles can get past Ole Miss in Week 1, they might be the team to watch to win the CFP this season. Coach Jimbo Fisher has put together another solid team led by Heisman Trophy candidate running back Dalvin Cook. Florida State has 7 players returning to the offensive line with experience. That’s huge in college football where a lot depends on who returns on your offensive line.
The defense will be solid. DeMarcus Walker had 58 tackles, 15 for a loss, last season. He returns. Even though Jalen Ramsey is now in the NFL, corners Marquez White, Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis should fil in nicely. The Seminoles need only beat Clemson in the ACC, and Ole Miss in Week 1, in order to possibly go into the CFP with an undefeated record.
The Longshot Bet To Win The 2017 College Football Championship: TCU +5000
TCU has to replace 4 starters along the offensive line. That has to be the reason why they’re at 50 to 1 to win the College Football Playoff. The key for me has nothing to do with TCU’s offense. I do feel that Gary Patterson will find replacements for WR Josh Doctson, QB Trevone Boykin, and the starters that TCU lost along the offensive line.
There are 2 reason why I think that the Horned Frogs have a huge shot. First, Baylor is a mess. TCU should have no trouble taking down Baylor in the Big 12 this season. Second, TCU’s defense is better than Oklahoma’s offense. Historically, TCU’s defense has been its strength. That’s the case this year. Don’t sleep on the Horned Frogs to pull off a huge College Football National Championship upset in 2017.