Next Season's CFB Title Picks

Next Season’s CFB Title Picks

It’s already time to think about next season as College Football National Championship odds have just been released. Alabama is the favorite, but is Clemson in the mix?  Or, do the college football oddsmakers think that some other team can get the job done?

The 2017 College Football National Championship just ended. There’s a long way to next season. But, all that means is that we need to start planning for next year’s CFP winner.

2017-18 College Football National Championship Picks

Clemson hasn’t had a chance to parade its CFP Championship trophy and already odds are out for next year’s College Football National Championship. Check out the favorites before getting into my smart, my longshot, and my actual pick to win it all!

The Odds-On Favorite Pick To Win College Football National Championship: Alabama 3/1

The Crimson Tide shouldn’t lose that many players on either side of the ball. Not that it matters. Coach Nick Saban just reloads year to year. It’s almost a given that this coming season Alabama is going to be the best in the SEC. After all, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will have an entire season under his belt. The defense is going to be just as ruthless as it was this season. 3 to 1 odds might be a gift.

The Smart Pick To Win College Football National Championship: Oklahoma 8/1

Oklahoma returns most of its players on defense. That’s the first reason to like the Sooners. The second reason to like the Sooners is because QB Baker Mayfield stated that he too will return. Mayfied becomes the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season. The final reason to like the Sooners is because the Big 12, like this season, shouldn’t be all that great.

The Longshot Pick To Win College Football National Championship: Penn State 30/1

The Nittany Lions almost pulled off the upset in the Rose Bowl over USC. It was a spirited game by Penn State, whose defense improved week to week this season. Penn State plays in the most overrated conference in college football, the Big Ten. If the Nittany Lions could beat Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championship this season, what’s going to stop them from winning it next season?  Nothing. That’s what. I think that Penn State offers a ton of value at 30 to 1.

The Sharp Pick To Win College Football National Championship: Florida State 7/1

The sharps are already all over Florida State to take home the title in 2018. Why not? The Seminoles return a defense that missed key players earlier in the season. Quarterback Deondre Francois was terrific as a freshman. If the Seminoles can protect Francois better next season than they did this season, FSU should be right there.

My Pick To Win College Football National Championship: USC 8/1

8 to 1 odds are awfully generous on a team that ended up ranked third in the nation with a 10 and 3 record. The biggest asset that USC has is QB Sam Darnold. Darnold returns next season. The defense should gain some depth while the offense always comes up with a solid WR or RB. Like the Big 12, the Pac 12 isn’t that deep. I think USC rolls through the Pac 12 with ease.

Odds as of Jan. 9.

2017-18 CFB Title Odds
Alabama CRIMSON TIDE 3-1
Florida St SEMINOLES 7-1
Oklahoma SOONERS 8-1
Ohio St BUCKEYES 8-1
Louisville CARDINALS 12-1
Michigan WOLVERINES 12-1
Clemson TIGERS 18-1
Oklahoma St COWBOYS 30-1
Texas LONGHORNS 25-1
Auburn TIGERS 30-1
Washington HUSKIES 40-1
Georgia BULLDOGS 40-1
Virginia Tech HOKIES 40-1
Kansas St WILDCATS 50-1
Florida GATORS 50-1
Tennessee VOLUNTEERS 50-1
Wisconsin BADGERS 60-1
West Virginia MOUNTAINEERS 60-1
Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH 60-1
Washington St COUGARS 80-1
Stanford CARDINAL 80-1
Oregon DUCKS 80-1
Colorado BUFFALOES 100-1
Ole Miss REBELS 100-1
NC State WOLFPACK 100-1
Texas A&M AGGIES 100-1
Boise St BRONCOS 100-1
Michigan St SPARTANS 100-1
Utah UTES 200-1
Georgia Tech YELLOW JACKETS 200-1
Nebraska CORNHUSKERS 200-1
Northwestern WILDCATS 300-1
Iowa HAWKEYES 300-1
Minnesota GOLDEN GOPHERS 300-1
Arizona St SUN DEVILS 300-1
Arkansas RAZORBACKS 300-1
Mississippi St BULLDOGS 300-1
South Florida BULLS 300-1
North Carolina TAR HEELS 300-1
Pittsburgh PANTHERS 300-1
Baylor BEARS 300-1
Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS 500-1
Syracuse ORANGE 500-1
Indiana HOOSIERS 500-1
Maryland TERRAPINS 500-1
Texas Tech RED RAIDERS 500-1
Kentucky WILDCATS 500-1
South Carolina GAMECOCKS 300-1
Houston COUGARS 500-1
Boston College EAGLES 500-1
Virginia CAVALIERS 500-1
Duke BLUE DEVILS 500-1
Iowa St CYCLONES 500-1
California GOLDEN BEARS 500-1
Oregon St BEAVERS 500-1
Arizona WILDCATS 500-1
Vanderbilt COMMODORES 500-1
Temple OWLS 1000-1
Central Florida KNIGHTS 1000-1
Cincinnati BEARCATS 1000-1
Navy MIDSHIPMEN 1000-1
Memphis TIGERS 1000-1
East Carolina PIRATES 1000-1
Tulane GREEN WAVE 1000-1
Kansas JAYHAWKS 1000-1
Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS 1000-1
Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI 1000-1
Purdue BOILERMAKERS 1000-1
Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS 1000-1
Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS 1000-1
San Diego St AZTECS 1000-1
Missouri TIGERS 1000-1
Colorado St RAMS 2000-1
Nevada WOLF PACK 5000-1
Utah State AGGIES 5000-1
Wyoming COWBOYS 5000-1
Air Force FALCONS 5000-1
New Mexico LOBOS 5000-1
FIELD (all others) 1000-1