The opening weekend in college football is this Saturday. Sure, there are only five games scheduled but a few of these teams have odds to win the championship. With that in mind, here is a look at the favorites heading into the 2017-18 season.
Alabama (+245) is the preseason favorite to win the National Championship. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that Nick Saban’s squad is expected to win it all before kickoff of the first game. Bama has four titles in the last eight years but none when ranked No. 1 to start the season.
Behind Alabama is USC (+775), Ohio State (+800) and Florida State (+975). These are the only other teams with better than 10/1 odds. The Trojans and Buckeyes each have double-digit win totals and all three teams are favorites to win their respective conferences.
Clemson, the defending champions, are +3600. The Tigers will be without star quarterback Deshaun Watson as well as five other players selected in the NFL Draft. This is still a talented team but how quickly can Dabo Swinney develop a new quarterback?
Among other notable teams, Oklahoma (+1800) in first year without Bob Stoops, Washington (+2350) was a playoff participant from last year and Louisville (+5300) returns the reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson.
The 2018 College Football Playoff Championship game is on January 8th.
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2017-18 National Championship Odds (5Dimes)