There are only two questions that college football bettors need to answer when it comes to the 2018 College Football Playoffs.
2018 College Football National Title Odds & Picks
Will the Alabama Crimson Tide fulfill their college football betting odds as the favorite to win the 2018 national championship – and if the Tide don’t – which of the other three college football playoff participants should you bet on in this year’s national championship trophy?
The Las Vegas Odds-On Favorite Pick To Win The 2018 College Football National Title: Alabama 2/1
Maybe it’s me, but I just don’t understand how the Crimson Tide are the prohibitive favorites to win it all when they barely got into the playoffs in the first place! Then again, Alabama has lost just one game like every other team in this year’s CFP so maybe I’m overreacting a bit.
Alabama is the only team in college football to participate in all four CFP events, including this season, since the inception of the new system four years ago, not to mention the fact that Nick Saban’s perennially-powerful program has won four national championships since he took over in Tuscaloosa back in 2007. The Tide won BCS titles in 2009, 2011, 2012 and the CFP title in 2015 before falling to Clemson in a rematch in 2016. freshman
Alabama led the nation in fewest points allowed (12.8 ppg) and has both, a gifted dual-threat quarterback in now, experienced sophomore Jalen Hurts and another powerful rushing attack led by the combination of Damien Harris (906 yards, 11TDs) and Bo Scarborough (549 yards, 8 TDs). Despite their No. 4 ranking, the Tide will almost assuredly be tough to dispatch, if it happens at all.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2018 College Football National Title: Clemson 11/5
The Tigers are the top seed in this year’s CFP and they’re on fire at the moment. Clemson spanked Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship on Saturday to punch their ticket to the CFP this past weekend and the Tigers have a pretty explosive offense that is ranked 21st in scoring nationally (35.4 ppg) even though I’ve doubted quarterback Kelly Bryant on several occasions this season.
More importantly, the Tigers are ranked a phenomenal second to Alabama in points allowed (12.8 ppg) and Bryant has been very good in throwing 13 TD passes while adding 11 rushing scores while completing a blistering 67.4 percent of his passes.
Maybe it’s me, but I’m suddenly thinking that Dabo Swinney knows just how to beat a Nick Saban coached team, seeing as how he just missed pulling off the feat two years ago, before finding a way to get past Saban last season. Now, for me, it feels like Saban has to find a way to beat Swinney and not the other way around.
The Early Pick To Win The 2018 College Football National Title: Oklahoma 11/4
I’m just gonna’ say it. Baker Mayfield is a baaaaad man! I’m almost literally stunned that no one mentions the fact that as a sophomore two years ago, Mayfield tossed 36 TD passes and seven interceptions before coming back to throw 40 TD passes and eight interceptions last season and topping off his illustrious collegiate career with 41 TD strikes and 5 picks this season.
Oklahoma’s offense is virtually unstoppable and has made a TCU defense that is comparable to Georgia’s Clemson’s and Alabama’s, look like Swiss Cheese in both of their meetings this season. If the Sooners and their 44.9-point per game offense, don’ t give up, let’s say, 40 points, defensively, they have the look of a team that’s going to be tough for anyone to beat!
The Value Pick To Win The 2018 College Football National Title: Georgia 7/2
The Bulldogs are led by former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and have the look and feel of an Alabama team from their powerful defense, which ranked fourth nationally in points allowed (13.2 ppg) to their powerful rushing attack which ranked 11th nationally (263.5 ypg). Still, I’ve got to wonder about the Bulldogs, seeing as how Auburn smacked them senseless in their 40-17 road loss to the Tigers three weeks ago. Yes, the Dawgs did record some quality wins by getting past Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Missouri and then, extracting some revenge against Auburn in the SEC title tilt, but my thought process is, if you’re going for ‘Alabama-Lite’ why not go for the full-fledged Crimson Tide? Besides, let’s not forget Georgia has a freshman at quarterback in Jake Fromm and even though he’s been solid in throwing 21 TD passes and just five interceptions, no one knows how he’s going to respond to the bright lights and big-time pressure of a national championship semifinal matchup.