2018 College Football Playoff Odds, Point Spreads, More

2018 College Football Playoff Odds, Point Spreads, More

The 4-team NCAAF playoff has been set and here’s a look at the updated odds for the semifinal matchups:

1. Clemson
2. Oklahoma
3. Georgia
4. Alabama

Sugar Bowl: Alabama -2 vs. Clemson (in Atlanta, GA)
Rose Bowl: Oklahoma pk vs. Georgia (in Pasadena, CA)

Alabama was the favorite for most of the season, and bettors were quick to bet on the Tide when they became an underdog. Here’s a look at odds throughout the year:

SchoolDec 4 morning
(5Dimes)
Dec 3 afternoon
(5Dimes)
Dec 3 morning
(5Dimes)
Nov 30
(BetOnline)
Nov 27
(BetOnline)
Nov 1
(BetOnline)
Oct 24
(BetOnline)
Oct 16
(BetOnline)
Oct 9
(BetOnline)
Oct 2
(BetOnline)
Sep 25
(BetOnline)
Sep 18
(BetOnline)
Sep 11
(BetOnline)
Sep 7
(5Dimes)
Aug 21
(5Dimes)
July 18
(5Dimes)
June 24
(5Dimes)
Jan 9
(Westgate)
Alabama CRIMSON TIDE+183+167+270+360+1200-135-120+100+125+140+150+175+200+225+245+265+310+300
Clemson TIGERS+260+255+250+400+350+1000+1100+1000+300+350+500+800+1200+2000+3600+3500+3500+2000
Oklahoma SOONERS+350+305+340+400+350+3300+2500+1600+2500+700+700+700+800+1800+1800+1300+1300+800
Georgia BULLDOGS+370+350+290+700+1000+800+1000+1000+1000+1200+1400+2000+2800+4150+3500+5000+5000+3000

Clemson won the ACC title, Oklahoma won the Big-12, and UGA beat Auburn in the SEC title. Alabama was fortunate enough to qualify into the playoff despite not playing in the SEC title game, while Ohio State beat undefeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game but was left out. On Sunday morning, Alabama’s odds to make the playoff were all over the place, ranging from -180 to -350.

In a poll from our followers on Twitter, the majority agreed that Alabama should be the final team in:

Here’s a look at the odds to make/miss the playoff for each team during the season from BetOnline:

SchoolMake
(Nov 28)
Miss
(Nov 28)
Make
(Nov 13)
Miss
(Nov 13)
Make
(Nov 9)
Miss
(Nov 9)
Make
(Nov 2)
Miss
(Nov 2)
Make
(Oct 18)
Miss
(Oct 18)
Make
(Aug 19)
Miss
(Aug 19)
Make
(June 17)
Miss
(June 17)
Clemson-355+250-210+160+110-140+200-260+300-400+700-1500+600-1200
Oklahoma-245+175-180+140+200-260+400-600+450-700+250-350+250-350
Alabama-115-115-675+425-1000+600-800+500-800+500-195+155-195+155
Georgia+130-160+165-215-150+120+110-140-130+100+825-1725+825-1725

Many sportsbooks around the market will be happy to see this 4-team playoff despite a lot of Tide liability. Here were the top 5 wagers to win the title before the season at William Hill’s Nevada sportsbooks:

1. Alabama
2. USC
3. Ohio St
4. Florida St
5. Michigan

If Alabama doesn’t win it all, then sportsbooks will be thrilled. However, they are the favorites again now that they’ve made the playoff, and they’re listed as favorites in each potential National Championship game. Lookahead lines from 5Dimes:

Clemson -2.5 vs Oklahoma
Clemson -2.5 vs Georgia
Alabama -3 vs Oklahoma
Alabama -3 vs Georgia

We now have to wait nearly a month for these games to be played, and there will be plenty of betting action leading up the New Year’s Day matchups.You can track all the latest odds and betting trends around the market here.

Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at dan.mcguire@actionnetwork.com.

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