2016-17 NCAAF Odds to Make the 4-Team Playoff

The 2016-17 College Football season is now underway and BetOnline was the first offshore book to post odds for a number of schools to make the 4-team playoff. We’ve also added odds via 5Dimes throughout the summer, and here are the latest updated odds.

School Make Playoff
5Dimes (8/30)
Miss Playoff
5Dimes (8/30)
Make Playoff
5Dimes (8/7)
Miss Playoff
5Dimes (8/7)
Make Playoff
BOL (7/16)
Miss Playoff
BOL (7/16)
Alabama +125 -165 +145 -185 +150 -180
Clemson +155 -195 +145 -185 +200 -260
Oklahoma +175 -245 +175 -245 +175 -220
Ohio State +195 -275 +195 -275 +190 -240
Michigan +240 -320 +240 -320 +240 -300
LSU +260 -380 +325 -475 +325 -450
Florida State +300 -420 +325 -475 +350 -500
Tennessee +315 -445 +325 -475 +325 -450
Stanford +425 -675 +425 -675 +500 -800
Notre Dame +450 -750 +450 -750 +500 -800
Washington +500 -900 +500 -900 +650 -1200
USC +700 -1500 +800 -1700 +450 -700
UCLA +750 -1580 +750 -1580 +450 -700
Oregon +775 -1625 +775 -1625 +800 -1600
TCU +800 -1700 +850 -1750 +700 -1400
Baylor +900 -1850 +1000 -2000 N/A N/A
Mississippi +950 -1950 +950 -1950 N/A N/A
Georgia +950 -1950 +950 -1950 N/A N/A
Oklahoma State +1000 -2000 +1000 -2000 +700 -1400
Michigan St +1200 -2600 +1200 -2600 N/A N/A
Houston +1250 -2750 +1250 -2750 N/A N/A
Florida +1300 -3000 +1300 -3000 N/A N/A
Iowa +1400 -3600 +1400 -3600 N/A N/A
Louisville +1400 -3600 +1400 -3600 N/A N/A
Auburn +1500 -4500 +1500 -4500 N/A N/A
Texas +1500 -4500 +1500 -4500 N/A N/A
North Carolina +1500 -4500 +1500 4500 N/A N/A
Miami FL +1800 -5400 +1500 4500 N/A N/A
Texas A&M +2000 -6000 +2000 -6000 N/A N/A
Arkansas +2000 -6000 +2000 -6000 N/A N/A
Nebraska +2000 -6000 +2000 -6000 N/A N/A
Boise State +2000 -6000 +2000 -6000 N/A N/A
Wisconsin +2500 -7500 +2500 -7500 N/A N/A
Utah +2500 -7500 +2500 -7500 N/A N/A
West Virginia +3000 -11000 +3000 -11000 N/A N/A
Arizona State +3500 -13500 +3500 -13500 N/A N/A
Arizona +4000 -16000 +4000 -16000 N/A N/A
BYU +4000 -16000 +4000 -16000 N/A N/A

Alabama opened as the top “favorite” to make the playoffs at +150 odds, followed by Oklahoma at +175, Ohio State at +190, and Clemson at +200. Two years ago saw all the preseason favorites make the playoffs (Alabama, FSU, Ohio State, Oregon), but last year saw a number of big upsets (Clemson +525, Michigan State +550, Oklahoma +800 in addition to Alabama at +190).

There have been some interesting moves since opening in July. Clemson is now +145 to make the playoff after opening +200 last month. USC has seen their odds plummet from +450 to +800, as has UCLA from +450 to +750.

Historically in its short tenure, there’s been a mix of favorites and longshots to make the 4-team playoff, so it wouldn’t be smart to rule out teams like Oklahoma State or UCLA. 5Dimes is currently offering a prop bet on all four favorites (Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio St, Clemson) to make the playoffs this year at +4500 odds.

BetOnline has also posted odds on the winning conference for the 2016-17 National Championship:
BetOnline NCAAF Playoff Conf

Is there any value on taking a team to make the 4-team playoff? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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