- Alabama and Georgia hold a huge lead on the rest of the pack, with (+160) odds to win this year’s CFB National Championship.
- The Big 10 holds the claim as the conference with the most National Championship contenders in Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa.
INDIANAPOLIS – The shortest betting odds to win the NCAA Playoffs belong to SEC powerhouses in the No.2 Georgia Bulldogs (+160) and the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (+160).
As these two are the only SEC teams within the top 10 shortest CFP odds on regulated sportsbooks, it is becoming increasingly likely that they will square off in the SEC Championship game.
Both teams can make the playoffs, as the winner of the SEC is all but guaranteed to make the playoffs. The loser would likely need to be undefeated coming into the SEC Championship or get some help from other top teams losing throughout the season.
Week 6 – 2021 NCAAF Playoffs Betting Odds
No.2 Georgia (5-0, +160)
No.1 Alabama (5-0, +160)
No.6 Oklahoma (5-0, +1000)
No.7 Ohio State (4-1, +1200)
No.5 Cincinnati (4-0, + 2500)
No.9 Michigan (5-0, +2800)
No.4 Penn State (5-0, +2800)
No.3 Iowa (5-0, +4000)
No.8 Oregon (4-1, +4000)
No.21 Texas (4-1, +4000)
Ohio State Leads Big Ten Contenders
Despite the elite status of the SEC, the Big 10 has the most teams (4) within the top 10. For reference, the SEC and Big 12 have two teams each, and the AAC and Pac-12 each have one.
Despite being outranked in the AP Poll by the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Ohio State Buckeyes hold the best odds of Big 10 teams. They also have more losses than any other Big 10 team in the top 10 and even have better odds than Oregon (+4000), who handed them their only loss in Week 2.
Ohio State will take on Penn State in Week 8 before playing the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines back-to-back in Weeks 11 and 12. As no team has been selected to the playoffs with two or more losses, the Buckeyes will have to be perfect for their +1200 odds to have a chance.
Iowa Vs. Penn State Holds The Cards
As the highest-ranked team in the Big 10, the winner of two ranked opponents, and being undefeated overall, Iowa actually has the longest odds (+4000) among contending Big 10 teams.
Still, Iowa is the best value pick and features 10 upperclassmen on their starting defensive unit.
Iowa (-2) takes on Penn State this week – the only opponent remaining on their regular-season schedule that is currently ranked – so expect their CFB futures odds to shorten drastically assuming a win.
Things may not be easy, as the Nittany Lions took down ranked opponents in Wisconsin and Auburn. If they survive, they find a very tough conference slate with games against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.
If Penn State emerges unbeaten, they are assumed to be the favorite to win the National Championship. The Michigan Wolverines (+2800) are in the same boat, facing Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State in the final five weeks of their season.
Dark Horse Bearcats
The lone Group Of Five conference member, Cincinnati (+2500), looked like a contender over No.9 Notre Dame, covering the -2 spread in the process.
Their remaining schedule is very friendly, with their Week 11 showdown against No.24 SMU as their toughest test.
Cincinnati’s biggest challenge may be with the Playoff Committee – who has passed up on five undefeated Group Of Five programs since the playoffs were implemented – and never selected one to the College Football Playoffs.
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