The college football regular season is in the backstretch, but a number of teams are fighting for the top four stops to reach the inaugural College Football Playoff.
While each has the possibility of losing along the way, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon are headed towards claiming 3 of the 4 spots for the College Football Playoff.
However, before making reservations Florida State will have to play archrival Florida and play in the ACC championship game.
Alabama has to play Auburn in the Iron Bowl before its potential participation in the SEC title game.
Oregon must play on the road against Oregon State prior to playing the championship game of the Pac-12.
Assuming the three win out, there would be a host of one-loss teams battling for the last spot remaining for football’s first final four.
Mississippi State ranked No. 4 did not move off its price of 7 to 1 on Bovada or topbet, despite losing on Saturday to Alabama.
Mississippi State could possibly be rewarded by the selection committee if they can win out their last two games, including the huge rivalry with Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
Both TCU and Ohio State are sitting at 6 to 1 on betonline and sportsbook.com and have been given higher billing than the Bulldogs.
Baylor, which has just one loss, beat TCU and is at 7 to 1 behind the Horned Frogs. How Baylor can have longer odds than TCU is strange since the Bears rallied and won their head-to-head matchup.
Without a title game in the conference, Baylor and TCU could be shorthanded but Ohio State will have an opportunity to impress the committee even more with a victory in the Big 10 championship game.
The season still has three weeks left of regular season and conference championship matches before the selection committee must pick their final four.
Some teams will make the committee’s choice easy by winning out or losing. In the end, the winners are the college football fans and the bettors.
CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS – 2014 College Football
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE 9 to 4
OREGON DUCKS 4 to 1
FLORIDA ST SEMINOLES 6 to 1
TCU HORNED FROGS 6 to 1
OHIO ST BUCKEYES 6 to 1
BAYLOR BEARS 7 to 1
MISSISSIPPI ST BULLDOGS 7 to 1
GEORGIA BULLDOGS 20 to 1
OLE MISS REBELS 25 to 1
UCLA BRUINS 40 to 1