Latest College Football National Championship PicksNoah Williams
With Week 13 of the 2016 college football regular season completed and conference championship play about to get underway all over the country, you need to know which teams could potentially upset prohibitive favorite Alabama to win this season’s national championship.
Will the Crimson Tide turn away all challengers to win consecutive titles or will the Clemson Tigers complete the task they narrowly missed out on finishing a year ago?
Are the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes or fourth-ranked Washington Huskies the smart pick and longshot respectively or is there another title contender just waiting for one of the top four teams in the nation to slip up?
Let’s find out who my favorite, smart pick and top longshot to win the 2016 national championship are right now.
Latest College Football National Championship Picks
Eleven teams were listed to have a shot at winning the 2016-17 college football National Championship. Here’s the full list:
- Alabama – 5/7
- Ohio State – 2/1
- Clemson – 6/1
- Washington – 8/1
- Michigan – 20/1
- Wisconsin – 20/1
- Oklahoma – 30/1
- Penn State – 50/1
- Oklahoma State – 50/1
- Colorado – 80/1
- West Virginia – 1000/1
The Odds-on Favorite Pick To Win The National Championship: Alabama 5/7
It doesn’t matter whether you love the Crimson Tide (12-0 SU, 8-4 ATS) or hate them with every fiber in your being. The fact of the matter is that Alabama is going to be very tough to dispatch once the four-team College Football Playoff gets underway.
Everything starts for Alabama with its stupendous defense. The Crimson Tide are ranked first in total defense (247.1 ypg), first against the run (69.0 ypg), 11th against the pass (178.0 ypg) and first in points allowed (11.4 ppg).
While Alabama isn’t generally considered an offensive powerhouse, they’ve also been very good in ranking 22nd nationally in total offense (479.5 ypg) and an encouraging 19th in scoring (39.4 ypg). While Alabama clearly doesn’t have a Heisman trophy caliber running back on this year’s squad, they still run the ball well in ranking 13th nationally in rushing (248.3 ypg).
True freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has been phenomenal in completing a blistering 65.9 percent of his passes while throwing 21 TD passes and just nine interceptions. However, it is his dual-threat ability that has made Alabama’s offense extremely dangerous to stop this season. Hurts ranks second in rushing to Damien Harris (900 yards), with a stellar 840 yards and 12 rushing scores. Clearly, to beat the Tide this postseason, some team is going to have to both, put some points on the board against Alabama’s stingy defense – and stop the gifted Hurts from running wild.
The Smart Betting Pick To Win The National Championship: Clemson 6/1
I have no idea why so many observers seem to be forgetting about Clemson (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS) as the best challenger to halt Alabama’s two-year dominance, but I haven’t forgotten and I believe the Tigers could very well finish the task they narrowly missed out on a year ago.
Clemson ranks 12th in total offense this season (507.4 ypg), fifth in passing (336.0 ypg) and 17th in scoring (40.0 ppg) and has a gifted running back in Wayne Gallman even if the rank a modest 72nd nationally in rushing (171.4 ypg).
For me though, it is Clemson’s underrated defense – and totally unstoppable quarterback that makes me believe they could beat anyone – even Alabama – to win this season’s national championship. The Tigers rank a stellar eighth nationally in total defense (307.9 ypg), 26th against the run, 12th against the pass (180.1 ypg) and eighth in points allowed (17.0 ppg).
Not only that, but I fully believe that quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the few quarterbacks in the country of giving Alabama’s lockdown defense fits with his ability to make throws from the pocket or break down defense by running the ball when the opportunity presents itself.
Watson has been outstanding this season in completing an incendiary 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,626 yards with 34 touchdown passes, though he has tossed a high, 14 interceptions. Watson has also rushed for 44 yards and four touchdowns to compliment Gallman’s 943 rushing yards and team-high 14 rushing TDs.
The Clemson Tigers may not be getting the respect they deserve, but I’m giving it to them and at 6/1 odds, they’re certainly offering a ton of value for a legit title contender.
The Longshot Betting Pick To Win The National Championship: Washington 8/1
Like Clemson, I’m shocked that some football observers aren’t giving the Washington Huskies (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS) the respect I feel they deserve as a legitimate title contender.
Washington bounced back from their only loss of the season against USC two weeks ago to pound Washington State senseless this past weekend to give their College Football Playoff hopes a big boost.
The Huskies rank a stellar fourth nationally in scoring by putting up a whopping 44.7 points per game as underrated quarterback Jake Browning has completed an impressive 65.0 percent of his passes for 3,162 yards with an insane 40 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.
The Huskies also have a gifted running back in Myles Gaskin (1,180 yards, 10 TDs) and trio of excellent, if underrated pass-catchers in John Ross, Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher.
While Washington’s offense gets all of the attention for its high-scoring ways, it is the Huskies’ defense that I believe could be the key to upsetting any team that reaches the four-team playoff. Washington ranks 17th nationally in total defense (328.9 ypg) and an encouraging 11th in points allowed (17.8 ppg).
If the Huskies win the Pac-12 title, they’ll be included in the four-team College Football Playoff – and I believe, once they get in, they could upset the entire apple cart!