Week 9 shows the Alabama Crimson Tide holding steady as the public choice to win the national championship. As a matter of fact, the real story is finding the top alternative to the Tide. Bargain hunters have long ago given up on finding any real value on Alabama. And in fact, even those who believe the Crimson Tide are unbeatable are unwilling to pay the big price. Meanwhile contrarian shoppers may take a look at the Ohio State Buckeyes. That’s right the Buckeyes. After being run off the field in a loss at the Purdue Boilermakers the price on OSU is now a bargain. But the Michigan Wolverines and Clemson Tigers were the most impressive alternative last Saturday.
College Football National Championship Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu: Alabama 4/7, Clemson 7/2, Notre Dame 7/1, Georgia 10/1, Michigan 10/1, Ohio State 14/1, LSU 20/1, Oklahoma 25/1, Texas 25/1, Florida 40/1, Central Florida 40/1, West Virginia 40/1
Tide Rolls Again
Alabama easily got the money in a 58-21 payout at the Tennessee Volunteers as 29.5-point favorites. Perhaps the biggest worry about the Crimson Tide is that they have yet to be tested.
Clemson destroyed the undefeated North Carolina State Wolfpack 41-7 for an easy home cover as 17.5-point favorites. The controversy over starting true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence is over. Lawrence has proven head coach Dabo Swinney correct with 12 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Clemson’s defense ranks fifth overall in the country.
Michigan Beats Down Little Brother
Michigan made its biggest statement yet with a tough 21-7 win at the hated rival Michigan State Spartans for a payout as 7.5-point chalks. The Wolverines boast the top ranked defense in the country.
Boilers Railroad Buckeyes
Ohio State was ambushed in a 49-20 loss at the Purdue Boilermakers in which their ground attack was rendered helpless. Now the Buckeyes have a week off to correct their problems in preparation for the season’s stretch run. But a defense that ranks 70th overall and 44th for points allowed is not the look of a true championship contender.
Coach O Confounds Critics
The LSU Tigers continue to be one of the most surprising teams in college football and may get some betting action from bargain hunters looking for a quality team at a great price. LSU is coming off a 19-3 home win and payout over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as five-point chalks. The Bayou Bengals now have two weeks to prepare for their epic home showdown against Alabama. They figure to be a very live home dog in that matchup. Head coach Ed Orgeron has gone from being the derided butt of all jokes to admired and respected for his improvement of LSU.
Sooners Back on Track
Following a bye week that came after a 48-45 loss to the Texas Longhorns the Oklahoma Sooners worked on tightening up their defense with new coordinator Ruffin McNeil. McNeil replaced the fired Mike Stoops and did get the unit to play a notch better in OU’s 53-27 win at the TCU Horned Frogs. Quarterback Kyler Murray has thrown 25 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. If there is a team that brings the combination of potential and good price Oklahoma figures to be the one that sharps will consider.
Off but Not Forgotten
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Georgia Bulldogs were off last week. Georgia has a dangerous game against the Florida Gators this week while the Irish are at the Navy Midshipmen.
Free National Championship Odds Betting Pick
Alabama is the obvious choice that offers absolutely no betting value. Clemson certainly combines great quarterbacking with strong defense. Michigan has emerged as the best team in a more competitive league. But Oklahoma is a playoff team from last year that could emerge as a top contender for a November to remember in college football.
College Football Live Betting Odds Pick: Oklahoma Sooners 25/1
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