Early Line Has Alabama and Oregon as Heavy Favorites

The selection committee for the inaugural College Football Playoff has spoken and the four teams that will battle for the national title have been picked.

The selection committee did not have an easy task this season, as there were a number of teams vying for the fourth and final berth.

One of the biggest debates that took place prior to the final selection was whether the selection committee would pick Baylor or TCU in their final four.

Both were ranked near one another all season and Baylor just squeaked by TCU by three points 61-58 when they met head to head.

Each team ended up as co-champions in the Big 12 as the conference does not use a tiebreaker.

Ohio State was another team that made a charge following an early season loss against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes with a third string quarterback, routed Wisconsin 59-0 to win the Big 10 championship.

Florida State had close calls all season, but ended their regular season 13-0. Alabama and Oregon dominated in their conference championship games to solidify their spots.

In the end, the selection committee left the Big 12 schools Baylor and TCU out of the top 4 rankings and selected instead Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State.

Alabama and Oregon have opened as big favorites in the opening two games on New Year’s Day.

Both are favored by over a touchdown in their respective games on New Year’s Day.

Alabama was chosen as the top seed by the committee and will face Ohio State in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl.

Oregon was chosen as the No. 2 seed and will face Florida State in Pasadena, California, in the Rose Bowl.

Alabama opened as 10-point chalk on Bovada and sportsbook.com against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, but that was bet down slightly to 9.5 points early on. The total points for that game was moving between a low of 57 and a high of 58.5.

Oregon opened at -8 over Florida State in the Rose Bowl on both topbet and betonline. The total for that game bounced between 70.5 and 71.5, which is more suited to the Ducks type of game.

The first season of using the College Football Playoff has proved that picking the top 4 teams to battle for the National Championship is not an easy task.

Current odds for National Championship January 12, 2015

Alabama +100

Oregon 8 to 5

Ohio State 7 to 1

Florida State 8 to 1

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