Expert Picks To Make The 2016 College Football 4-Team Playoff

Expert Picks To Make The 2016-17 College Football 4-Team Playoff

As to be expected, Alabama is a big odds-on betting favorite to make it to this year’s college football 4-Team Playoff. Although the Crimson Tide lost some key players from last season’s NCAA Football Title winning team, excellence at Alabama is part of the program’s culture. But should you bet on Alabama really make it to the college football playoffs this season?  Can Bama repeat as national champions? What other programs are a smart college football bet to make the 4-team playoff? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.

A Closer Look At My Expert Picks To Make The 2016 College Football 4-Team Playoff

The Odds-On Favorite To Make The College Football 4-Team Playoff: Alabama +150

The Crimson Tide lost Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry. They also lost starting QB Jake Coker. Almost as important is the fact that the Tide’s offensive line could be in some trouble. Alphonse Taylor has been suspended indefinitely from the team after getting caught driving drunk. The Tide also lost their starting center to the NFL.

But this is Tuscaloosa where coach Nick Saban and his staff have to refill every year. The thing about the Crimson Tide is that the defense could be one of the best in college football history. The secondary is going to be significantly better this season than it was last season. LB Rueben Foster could make everybody forget about Reggie Ragland while DT Jonathan Allen returns. I can’t argue against anybody looking to back Alabama to make it to the 4-Team Playoff.

The Smart Bet To Make The College Football 4-Team Playoff: Florida State +350

Florida State returns 9 starters on offense and 6 starters on defense. The team is so deep at the quarterback position that Sean Maguire, who played well last season, may lose his starting job to Malik Henry or Deondre Francois. Running back Dalvin Cook has a shot at the Heisman Trophy.

What I really like about the Seminoles is the defense. Senior DeMarcus Walker had 58 tackles, 15 for a loss and 10.5 sacks last season. He might be unstoppable this season. Even though cornerback Jalen Ramsey is gone, Florida State is deep in the secondary. It should be one of the better units, if not the best unit, in the nation. Florida State also gets Clemson at home. There’s a lot to like about FSU.

The Longshot Bet To Make The College Football 4-Team Playoff: TCU +700

Former Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill takes over for Trevone Boykin. TCU’s air raid offense should be in fine hands with Hill. It’s more system than anything. If Hill doesn’t pan out, Forest Sawyer will be the man under center. TCU will have to replace WR Josh Docston, who could end up a star in the NFL. But Gary Patterson knows what he’s doing.

The key for TCU will be the defense. Patterson’s defense should be the best that it’s been in the past couple of years. If the Horned Frogs go back to shutting teams down, the +700 odds for them to go undefeated and make the 4-Team Playoff will look like a gift.

Betting Odds To Make or Miss the NCAA Football Title Playoff:

SCHOOL MAKE PLAYOFF MISS PLAYOFF
Alabama +150 -180
Oklahoma +175 -220
Ohio State +190 -240
Clemson +200 -260
Michigan +240 -300
LSU +325 -450
Tennessee +325 -450
Florida State +350 -500
USC +450 -700
UCLA +450 -700
Notre Dame +500 -800
Stanford +500 -800
Washington +650 -1200
TCU +700 -1400
Oklahoma State +700 -1400
Oregon +800 -1600