Finding Value Betting On The Top-6 CFB Teams In The Preseason

  • A top-6 ranked team has won the National Championship since the inception of the college football playoffs.
  • Alabama has +200 odds to win the National Championship. Georgia has +475 odds to repeat as National Champions.

LOS ANGELES – Betting on the winner of the college football championship is not as difficult as many might think. That is because since the four-team college football playoff format was created, a top-6 ranked team in the preseason has gone on to win the National Championship.

For those that think betting on the #1 ranked team of the six to win should also think again as the 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide are the only team to be ranked #1 in the preseason to go on and win the title since 2014. The current top-6 teams and their odds to win the National Championship are:

  1. Alabama (+200)
  2. Ohio State (+350)
  3. Georgia (+475)
  4. Clemson (+800)
  5. Notre Dame (+5000)
  6. Texas A&M (+2500)

It is also worth mentioning that five of the eight National Champions that have been crowned in the current CFP format have all been ranked between #3 And #6 to open the season.

Using Odds To Make The Playoffs As Help

The most important piece of information to help gauge the National Championship odds are each of the top-6 teams odds to make the playoffs. Those betting odds are as follows:

Team Odds To Make Odds To Miss
Ohio State -275 +200
Alabama -260 +190
Clemson +145 -190
Georgia -110 -120
Notre Dame +1000 -4000
Texas A&M +700 -1600

Right off the bat, the three teams to look at that are as close of a lock as can be are Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. The Crimson Tide have long been the goliath of college football since 2014 as they’ve made all but one college football playoff appearance in that span including the last two.

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Clemson is a close second with their six playoff appearances in the last eight seasons. Although many are quick to count out the Tigers after they missed the playoffs in 2021, they must remember that this was an injury-riddled team with close to half of their roster missing games. They put up a top-10 recruiting class going into the season and is returning most of their starters on offense.

As for the Buckeyes, they’ve made two of the last three college football playoffs to make it four total in the last eight years. They have arguably the best quarterback in the country in CJ Stroud who finished fourth in Heisman voting last season along with the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation.

Regardless, getting in on any of the odds for the top-6 teams to win the National Championship or even make the playoffs early on before the season starts or in the first few weeks could turn a bigger profit than they would as the season progresses.