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College Football Playoff Betting Rankings 2019

College Football Playoff Betting Rankings 2019
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It’s the level all elite programs vie to reach, but only four can get to. The College Football Playoff does more than just decide the national champion — it elevates teams, rewards coaches and gives bettors a slice of electrifying action on the three most important games of the year.

Alabama and Clemson, who have met in the playoffs in each of the last four years, remain the two heavy favorites to return to the CFP again in 2020. The big question for fans of college football betting: Who’ll join them? Entering the season, Georgia and Ohio State are the odds favorites to claim the final two spots.

The official College Football Playoff rankings don’t begin until October, but sportsbooks can give some insight into who they expect with be the top teams.


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College Football Playoff Rankings Based on Title Odds

TeamOdds
1. Clemson+240
2. Alabama+250
3. Georgia+800
4. Ohio State+1400
T5. Michigan+1500
T5. Oklahoma+1500
7. Texas+2500
8. LSU+4000
9. Oregon+4500
10. Notre Dame+5000
T11. Washington+5500
T11. Auburn+5500
T13. Nebraska+6000
T13. Utah+6000
15. Miami (Fla.)+8000

All odds via PointsBet are current as of publication but subject to change.

New Year’s Six Games

CFP Semifinals: The semifinals are split between the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl this year.

Sugar Bowl: The Sugar Bowl gets the best SEC and Big 12 teams not in the playoff.

Rose Bowl: Like the Sugar Bowl, conference tie-ins rule this game, which will pit the best Big Ten and Pac-12 teams not in the playoff.

Orange Bowl: The ACC will be represented, and then the bowl picks from SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.

Cotton Bowl: No conference tie-ins, so two at-large teams, likely including the best of the Group of Five.


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CFP Championship History

Inaugurated in 2014 to replace the Bowl Championship Series, the CFP uses a 13-member committee to determine the four teams that will play in two national semifinals, which feed into the championship game. The semifinals are rotated among six top bowls, with the other four games receiving marquee matchups when not part of the CFP.

For the 2019-20 season, the semifinals are the Peach and Fiesta Bowls, with the national championship slated for New Orleans on Jan. 13. Getting there is a season-long chase, not just for teams, but also for bettors, who watch odds fluctuate from week to week and try to judge which four teams will hear their names called by the committee on selection day.

Recent CFP Champions

SeasonWinnerLoserLine
2018ClemsonAlabama+170
2017AlabamaGeorgia-170
2016ClemsonAlabama+180
2015AlabamaClemson-260
2014Ohio StateOregon+175