Are you ready for some college football anyone? Well its might be just the end of April but sportsbooks across the globe are working on their props for college football and the first ever college playoffs in NCAA Football.
The Bowl Champions Series has been finally put to rest and now we head towards the College Football Playoff, which features four teams in a playoff system.
Two semifinal games will start the playoff system. Playoff semifinal No. 1 will be the Rose Bowl game played in January 1, 2015 in Pasadena California.
Semifinal No. 2 will be the Sugar Bowl game played on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The two winners will play 11 days later for the national championship. The College Football Championship Game will be played in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015.
Even though last August is still almost three months away, top sportsbooks such as Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com have prepared for the new playoff format and are offering props on a number of teams that are considered contenders for the first playoff series this season.
Florida State is predicted to defend its national title in this year’s playoffs in college football. Currently Florida State is -350 to be one of the 4 teams in the playoff and is +250 not to be selected. On the -350 the bettor bests $350 in order to win $100, while in the +250, the bettor bets $100 to win the $250.
Alabama is a perennial choice to finish in the top 10 and this season is currently sitting on -135 to make the 4-team playoff and -105 to not be part of the 4-team playoff. A question mark for Alabama is who will lead their offense now that A.J. McCarron is no longer the quarterback after four straight seasons of being the signal caller.
The Oregon Ducks have proven to be one of the most explosive offensive teams in NCAA football the past five seasons. That should continue this season with Marcus Mariotta returning to call plays for the Ducks. Oregon is currently +125 to make the 4-team playoff field and -165 to not make the 4-team field. The Ducks will face Michigan State, Washington and Stanford all at home but must face UCLA late in the season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting on +140 to make the 4-team playoff field and -180 to not be a part of the 4-team field. The Buckeyes schedule is not that tough this season. They will play Michigan at home. If the Buckeyes win their division, they likely will play Michigan State in a rematch for the conference title and I see them winning.
Of the four teams on this list, I see Florida State and Ohio State playing in the 4-team playoff while Oregon and Alabama miss out.