NCAAF Bowls: 2019-20 College Football Playoff Favorites

NCAAF Bowls: 2019-20 College Football Playoff Favorites

Let's look at the current NCAA College Football odds:

  • Ohio State +175
  • LSU +250
  • Clemson +275
  • Georgia +700

College Football Version Of Final Four

NCAA basketball intiated the term Final four during March Madness but the College Football Playoff starts out with a final four. This year's CFP will begin with the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl serving as semifinals on Dec. 28. The pairings for these two games will be unveiled by the NCAA on Dec. 8.

If you like to bet trends, the Clemson Tigers are always a solid play in the NCAAF odds. The Tigers have won two of the last three NCAA national titles and played in three of the last four title games.

Since the Bowl Championship Series was renamed the College Football playoff in 2014-15, the Alabama Crimson Tide have qualfied for every one. The Tide were CFP champions in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

The Ohio State Buckeyes were the last school other than Alabama or Clemson to be national champs. Ohio State wore the crown in 2014-15.

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What Bettors Need To Know


The top teams in the NCAAF odds are housed in the Power Five conferences. Of these groups, teams from the Southeastern Conference always tend to be a solid college football bet.

The SEC is the only conference to send two teams to the same CFP, when both Alabama and Georgia reached the 2018 CFP. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs met for the National Championship that year.

Another conference to always consider in the NCAA Vegas odds is the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson has carried the flag for the ACC in recent years, although in 2015, the Florida State Seminoles reached the CFP semfinals.

The Big Ten is the only other conference to capture a CFP national title when Ohio State earned the 2014-15 championship. Ohio State also reached the CFP final four in 2017 and Michigan State (2016) was another Big Ten school to play in the CFP.

The Oregon Ducks represented the Pac-12 in the 2014-15 final but lost to Ohio State. The Big 12 has never sent a team to the CFP championship game.

No two-loss team has ever qualified for the CFP.

CFP Top Contenders


If the College Football Playoff were to start today, these would be the four teams who you'd be choosing among in the NCAA football odds.

Ohio State (+175) - Not only are the Buckeyes 11-0 this season, Ohio State is 8-3 against the spread. The Buckeyes blanked No. 18 Cincinnati 42-0. They hammered No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7 and toppled No. 12 Penn State 28-17.

The Buckeyes get No. 10 Michigan in the regular-season finale and wait to see who they'll face in the Big Ten title game.

LSU (+250) - The Tigers are 11-0, already with wins over No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 Florida and No. 16 Auburn. Quarterback Joe Burrow is the Hesiman Trophy favorite.

He's second in the nation in passing yards (4,104) and touchdown passes (41).

If LSU beats Texas A&M to complete a perfect regular season, the Tigers probably would still beat the NCAAF Vegas odds and reach the CFP even with a loss to No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Clemson (+275) - The preseason chalk in the college footall odds, the 11-0 Tigers looked out of sorts in the NCAAF odds for much of the first half of the season. But defending champion Clemson looks to be putting it together at exactly the right time.

Sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 13 touchdowns against no interceptions in his last four outings while averaging 260.2 yards passing over that span. The Tigers haven't played a ranked team all season long, though.

Georgia (+700) - The Bulldogs are doing it with defense. Georgia hasn't allowed more than 20 points in a game all season long.

The 10-1 Bulldogs have beaten ranked teams in Florida, Auburn and No. 15 Notre Dame but a loss to unranked South Carolina means if they lose either of their last two games to Georgia Tech or to LSU in the SEC title game, Georgia will fall out of a CFP spot in the NCAAF Vegas odds.

BABB College Football Playoff Favorite: Ohio State (+175).

Ohio State To win the NCAA Football Playoffs

CFP: On The Bubble Teams


Alabama's streak of playing in every College Football Playoff is on the line. Can the Crimson Tide fight their way back into the top four in the college football odds?

Alabama (+1000) - Not only did the Tide lose to LSU at home, they also lost star QB Tua Tagovailoa following season-ending hip surgery.

Absent a win over a ranked team, Alabama needs to post an impressive decision over arch-rival No. 16 Auburn in the regular-season finale and then hope for some help on other fronts.

Utah (+2500) - The Utes are 10-1 but lost to No. 25 USC in their only game facing a ranked opponent. Utha gets Colorado in its regular-season finale.

However, the edge was taken off the PAC-12 title game when Oregon lost last week to Arizona State to drop to 9-2. In the NCAA Football odds, a matchup between two one-loss teams in the PAC-12 championship might've paved a path for the winner into the CFP.

BABB CFP Sleeper Pick: Alabama (+1000).

Alabama To win the NCAA Football Playoffs

CFP: Still In With A Chance


These teams all require help in the NCAA football futures in order to gain one of the four CFP positions, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.

Oklahoma (+1600) - The Sooners are struggling to cobble together wins but they are still winning, and that's keeping them in the hunt. The 10-1 Sooners have won their last three games by a combined total of seven points. QB Jalen Hurts, once a serious Heisman hopeful, has not been impressive in recent action.

With a loss to unranked Kansas State, Oklahoma needs to whip Oklahoma State and then topple Baylor for the Big 12 title.

Minnesota (+10000) - Perhaps no school faces a tougher road to the CFP than the 10-1 Golden Gophers.

Minnesota must beat No. 13 Wisconsin in its final regular-season game and then knock off unbeaten Ohio State for the Big Ten title.

Baylor (+15000) - The 10-1 Bears also face slim hopes to qualify for a spot in the CFP.

Baylor's only loss was to Oklahoma, and only posted one victory against a ranked team, No. 21 Oklahoma State. The Bears would need a win over the Sooners in the Big 12 championship and a whole lot of other games to go their way.

College Football Playoff Longshot: Oklahoma (+1600).

Oklahoma To win the NCAA Football Playoffs

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