Odds & Picks College Football National Title

Odds & Picks 2017 College Football National Title

Perennially-powerful Alabama may have been denied their second straight national championship a year ago, but the Crimson Tide are back again as the prohibitive betting odds-on favorites to win the 2018 national championship under polarizing head coach Nick Saban.

However, seeing as how each of the last four seasons has produced four different national champions, it’s certainly not a lock that the Tide will bag this coming season’s national championship hardware. Thankfully, that’s where I come in with my expert look at a pair of title contending teams that could potentially beat out Alabama – and everyone else – in their quest to bag the 2018 national championship.

2017 College Football National Title Odds & Picks

Odds as of July 26.

2017-18 CFB Title Odds
Alabama CRIMSON TIDE 3-1 5-2
Ohio St BUCKEYES 8-1 3-1
Florida St SEMINOLES 8-1 8-1
Oklahoma SOONERS 8-1 15-1
LSU TIGERS 12-1 15-1
Penn St NITTANY LIONS 25-1 20-1
Washington HUSKIES 30-1 20-1
Wisconsin BADGERS 40-1 20-1
Georgia BULLDOGS 30-1 25-1
Louisville CARDINALS 10-1 25-1
Michigan WOLVERINES 12-1 25-1
Clemson TIGERS 20-1 25-1
Auburn TIGERS 25-1 30-1
Oklahoma St COWBOYS 20-1 40-1
Texas LONGHORNS 20-1 40-1
Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH 60-1 40-1
Miami FL HURRICANES 30-1 50-1
Florida GATORS 40-1 50-1
Virginia Tech HOKIES 40-1 60-1
Stanford CARDINAL 60-1 60-1
Tennessee VOLUNTEERS 40-1 80-1
Kansas St WILDCATS 30-1 80-1
UCLA BRUINS 60-1 80-1
West Virginia MOUNTAINEERS 50-1 100-1
Washington St COUGARS 60-1 100-1
Nebraska CORNHUSKERS 100-1 100-1
Oregon DUCKS 60-1 100-1
Boise St BRONCOS 100-1 100-1
Texas A&M AGGIES 100-1 100-1
Utah UTES 100-1 200-1
Colorado BUFFALOES 60-1 200-1
NC State WOLFPACK 100-1 200-1
Georgia Tech YELLOW JACKETS 100-1 200-1
North Carolina TAR HEELS 100-1 300-1
Michigan St SPARTANS 100-1 500-1
Minnesota GOLDEN GOPHERS 100-1 300-1
Northwestern WILDCATS 100-1 300-1
Iowa HAWKEYES 200-1 300-1
Arkansas RAZORBACKS 200-1 300-1
Mississippi St BULLDOGS 200-1 300-1
South Florida BULLS 300-1 300-1
Pittsburgh PANTHERS 300-1 300-1
Houston COUGARS 500-1 300-1
BYU COUGARS 300-1 300-1
Arizona St SUN DEVILS 200-1 500-1
Baylor BEARS 300-1 500-1
San Diego St AZTECS 1000-1 500-1
Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS 300-1 1000-1
Syracuse ORANGE 300-1 1000-1
Texas Tech RED RAIDERS 300-1 1000-1
Indiana HOOSIERS 300-1 1000-1
Maryland TERRAPINS 300-1 1000-1
Kentucky WILDCATS 300-1 1000-1
South Carolina GAMECOCKS 300-1 1000-1
SMU MUSTANGS 500-1 1000-1
Duke BLUE DEVILS 500-1 1000-1
Central Florida KNIGHTS 1000-1 1000-1
Navy MIDSHIPMEN 1000-1 1000-1
Memphis TIGERS 1000-1 1000-1
Western Kentucky HILLTOPPERS 1000-1 1000-1
Colorado St RAMS 1000-1 1000-1
Missouri TIGERS 1000-1 1000-1
Vanderbilt COMMODORES 500-1 1000-1
Boston College EAGLES 500-1 2000-1
Virginia CAVALIERS 500-1 2000-1
Iowa St CYCLONES 500-1 2000-1
Oregon St BEAVERS 500-1 2000-1
Arizona WILDCATS 500-1 2000-1
California GOLDEN BEARS 500-1 5000-1
Temple OWLS 1000-1 5000-1
Cincinnati BEARCATS 1000-1 5000-1
Tulsa GOLDEN HURRICANE 1000-1 5000-1
East Carolina PIRATES 1000-1 5000-1
Tulane GREEN WAVE 1000-1 5000-1
Kansas JAYHAWKS 1000-1 5000-1
Rutgers SCARLET KNIGHTS 1000-1 5000-1
Illinois FIGHTING ILLINI 1000-1 5000-1
Purdue BOILERMAKERS 1000-1 5000-1
Louisiana Tech BULLDOGS 1000-1 5000-1
Army BLACK KNIGHTS 1000-1 5000-1
Wyoming COWBOYS 1000-1 5000-1
Air Force FALCONS 1000-1 5000-1
New Mexico LOBOS 1000-1 5000-1
Utah State AGGIES 1000-1 5000-1
Nevada WOLF PACK 1000-1 9999-1
UNLV REBELS 1000-1 9999-1
FIELD (all others) 1000-1 1000-1
Ole Miss REBELS 80-1 XX

The Favorite Pick To Win: Alabama +310

By now, everyone knows that Alabama loses a ton of talent, mostly on the defensive side of the ball every year. Apparently, it’s not much of a problem for the SEC powerhouse as they keep replacing their departed stars with more, five-star talent.

Gone from last season’s squad are All-American defensive end Jonathan Allen and All-American linebacker Reuben Foster, along with fellow linebackers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson. In addition to those stars, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and tight end O.J. Howard also went in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Again though, the Tide have a bunch of other athletically-gifted players waiting in the wings on the defensive side of the ball and may have their best quarterback of the Saban era in dual-threat signal-caller Jalen Hurts, a player that showed poise beyond his years as a fresh-faced freshman a year ago.

The Tide will also pound the ball down their opponents throats with their 1-2 running back combination of Damien Harris (1,136 yards) and Bo Scarborough (834 yards). Whether you love them or loathe them (like me), the Tide will contend for the national championship again in 2017, even if they’re not quite as dominant as they’ve been in recent seasons.

The Smart Pick To Win: Penn State +2000

I’m just gonna’ come right out and say it. The Penn State Nittany Lions got robbed out of a berth in the four-team playoffs a year ago if you ask me. No matter though, James Franklin’s squad should be major players in the chase for this coming season’s national championship.

Penn State has two legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates in elusive running back Saquon Barkley (1,94 yards, 18 Tds) and fearless quarterback Trace McSorley (3,614 yards, 29 Tds) and they’ve got a bunch of other elite talent on both sides of the ball, including tight end Mike Gesicki and free safety Marcus Allen, a pair of players that also look like sure-fire NFL performers at some point in the near future.

The Nittany Lions have a very manageable schedule in 2017 if you ask me and I believe they’re poised for big things this coming season after getting the short end of the stick a year ago despite winning the Big Ten and beat playoff participant Ohio State.

The Long Shot Pick To Win: Washington +2800

For me, I’m really a bit stunned that Washington is the ninth favorite on the board when it comes to winning the 2018 national championship. First and foremost, the Huskies have a head coach in Chris Petersen that I believe is as good as any head coach in the country, including Nick Saban, Urban Meyer or anyone else you consider a great head coach.

Washington went 12-2 and reached the four-team playoff and even though they got smacked around in their 24-7 semifinal loss against Alabama, the Huskies look like they’re going to contend for the national championship again in 2017 for several reasons.

Washington has a pair of legitimate Heisman trophy candidates in quarterback Jake Browning (43 Tds, 9 INTs) and running back Myles Gaskin (1,373 yds, 10 TDs) and a front seven on defense that is as experienced as any in the country.

After finishing the 2016 campaign ranked a stellar eighth in scoring (41.8 ppg) and identical eighth in points allowed (17.7 ppg) I’m thinking Chris Petersen’s squad will have as good a chance of winning the 2018 national championship as any team in the nation.