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NCAA Football Futures - College Football Championship



The kickoff to the College Football season is right around the corner, so the final bell is about to ring for preseason futures. NCAA football futures will be available all season, but you probably won’t find value like you can now. The past three College Football Championships featured a total of three teams. Can another team break through and knock off the mighty Tide or will Nick Saban rule the college world again this year? Let’s take a look at the NCAA Futures for the College Football Championship.


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Before we get into the odds for teams to win the Championship this year, let’s take a quick look at the Preseason 2018 College Football Rankings. These are important, because history tells us the teams atop this list at the start of the year have a very good chance of playing meaning football in December. Here is the Top 10:


1.       Alabama

2.       Clemson

3.       Georgia

4.       Wisconsin

5.       Ohio State

6.       Washington

7.       Oklahoma

8.       Miami

9.       Auburn

10.    Penn State


It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the top of the favorites list at online sportsbooks looks very similar. In fact, the top three mirror each other, with Alabama (+165), Clemson (+250) and Georgia (+800) 1, 2 and 3, followed by Ohio State (+850), Washington (+950) and Wisconsin (+2000).


Alabama +165


The Alabama Crimson Tide have appeared in all of the last three Championship games, winning two and losing one. Down 13-0 at the half in the Championship game this past January, Nick Saban made a shrewd move, benching their yearlong starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. The move proved to serve the Tide faithful very well, with the Tide going on to win 26-23 in overtime over Georgia.


There is a really good chance the Crimson Tide get back to the Championship game this season. Not only is Saban known for his coaching, but he is also a recruiting genius, and surely has his team stacked again this year. My problem is at +165, they don’t offer a lot of value.


Georgia +800


A good buddy of mine is from Atlanta and is a Georgia Boy through and through. Maybe I’m drinking his homer kool-aid, but with the top recruiting class of 2018, following a 13-win season where they were “this close” to a national championship, this could be the Bulldogs’ year.


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A four game stretch mid-October has three of four games against LSU, Florida and Auburn. If Georgia is undefeated heading into their November 17th game against UMass, they will run the table and unanimously be voted into the College Football Playoffs. Once there, if Kirby Smart utilizes all the talent around him correctly, I like them at +800.


Ohio State +850


With what’s going on with Urban Meyer, depending on what the real story is and how it is effecting the locker-room, this could be a curse or a blessing for this squad. At +850 they represent some pretty good value for a team that had the 2nd best recruiting class in 2018, including three 5-star players.


With a 14-win season in 2014, and 11 or more wins in every season since Meyer was hired as the head coach in 2012, the pedigree is evident that this guy knows how to win football games. For me, the questions surrounding Urban Meyers’ suspension are too much to handle.


Notre Dame +3500


A favorite of many, the Fighting Irish don’t look to be much of a factor in the College Football Playoffs this season. However, they did sneak their way into the Top 10 recruiting class for 2018 with 14 4-star players.


The Irish went 10-3 in two of the last 3 years, sandwiched by a terrible 4-8 season in 2016. 9 or 10 wins isn’t out of the question, but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would need a divine intervention to win the College Football Championship this season, but if you’re a value seeker, at +3500, the Irish may have some.


UCLA +12500


Although UCLA has the second toughest schedule on the FBS this season (Michigan is #1), Chip Kelly comes to UCLA with a massive chip on his shoulder (pardon the pun). With 8, 4 and 6 wins the past three years respectively, it would be a miracle for Kelly to get this team double-digit wins and into consideration for the playoffs, but there is a chance.


After a long look at the 2018 NCAAF futures odds for College Football Championship, the Bruins were among the only teams I spotted that are offering major return on investment for a team with a big name and coach. After looking at their schedule, having to face four teams that are inside the Top 15 of the Preseason 2018 College Football Rankings (Oklahoma (7), Washington (6), USC (15) and Stanford (13)), chances are Chip Kelly will have to wait until next year to get a shot at showing be belongs among the list of top coaches in college ball.


There’s a quick look at the College Football Championship futures odds. The favorites really don’t come as any surprise as they’ve been the usual suspects for the past three seasons. Find a great online sports book today and peruse through all the futures odds for both College Football and the National Football League. There’s a ton of both value and entertainment to be had betting futures.

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