The college football national championship game is just one week away. Within just minutes of Ohio State’s stunning upset of 42-35 over Alabama last Thursday in the Sugar Bowl, sportsbooks everywhere, including Bovada and sportsbook.com posted the Oregon Ducks as 7-point chalk to win the national championship over the Buckeyes.
The first ever College Football Playoff National Championship game will be played on January 12, in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys
The Ducks thrashed the Florida State Seminoles 59-20 on Thursday in the Rose Bowl. In doing so, Oregon made a big impression on the football world and on odds makers.
A big question that odds makers must ask is which team earned more favor of the public with its victory.
Remember, it is not about what team the books believe will win, rather it is all about which of the two will be getting the two-way action.
The Buckeyes finally beat a team from the SEC during a bowl game, as prior to the Alabama win, Ohio State was 0-9 SU. Their head coach, Urban Meyer has won two national championships.
However, the team still must rely on a third string quarterback in Cardale Jones. He has started just two games all season, but they were the two most important of the entire season.
Oregon ended Florida State’s winning streak at 29 and their reign as national champions. The offense for Oregon is something special, as they have speed in nearly every position. The Ducks are 9-0 SU and ATS in their past 9 games overall since their one loss of the season to Arizona.
Over that streak, the Ducks are winning by an average margin of 27 points.
Both underdogs, in the two games on New Year’s Day, were bet heavily by the public and sharp money. However, favorites in games that are high profile usually get more support.
The futures for Ohio State represent a huge risk for sportsbooks especially those that offered the Buckeyes with odds of 50 to 1 in the preseason after Braxton Miller was injured, according to topbet and betonline.
Bettors were all over that figure and eventually the number was pushed down to 12 to 1 before the Buckeyes loss to Virginia Tech on September 6.
Odds makers quickly bumped the Buckeyes back up as high as 40 to 1, but that slowly started to fall after every week.
Ohio State is now sitting at +240 on the money line as an outright winner, while Oregon is currently -280.
Oregon’s odds were as high as 20 to 1 after losing to Arizona.
It was not all that long ago when the talk was how many teams from the SEC West would play in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the Big 10 and Pac-12 receiving little respect.
The last laugh this season goes to the Big 10 and Pac-12, as they are the only two left standing.