College Football Championship Odds

This page is your one stop for the latest odds to win the 2017-18 NCAA Football Championship. We start tracking the odds for the next season right after the conclusion of the title game.

We will continue to update the lines throughout the year and provide checkpoints with each update.

The most current odds will be listed under the “Now” column.  You can also compare numbers from different books on our college football odds page. Teams with the best odds are listed at the top.

The implied probability shows the chance each of these teams has to win based on the latest update.

To convert to fractional odds take the numbers below and divide by 100. For example, +500 converts to 5/1.

Updated Betting Odds to Win the 2017-18 College Football Playoffs

TeamCurrent OddsImplied Probability
Alabama+24029.41%
USC+60014.29%
Ohio State+65013.33%
Florida State+75011.76%
Michigan+15006.25%
Oklahoma+16005.88%
Penn State+16005.88%
Auburn+20004.76%
Washington+20004.76%
LSU+25003.85%
Georgia+25003.85%
Clemson+28003.45%
Louisville+33002.94%
Florida+33002.94%
Wisconsin+33002.94%
Texas+40002.44%
Oklahoma State+40002.44%
Notre Dame+66001.49%
Miami-FL+66001.49%
Virginia Tech+75001.32%
Tennessee+75001.32%
Kansas State+100000.99%
UCLA+100000.99%
Oregon+100000.99%
TCU+100000.99%
South Florida+100000.99%
Texas A&M+150000.66%
Nebraska+200000.50%
BYU+200000.50%
West Virginia+300000.33%
Colorado+300000.33%
Utah+300000.33%
Iowa+300000.33%
Northwestern+300000.33%
NC State+500000.20%
Arizona State+500000.20%
Arkansas+500000.20%
Baylor+500000.20%
Pittsburgh+500000.20%
North Carolina+500000.20%
Minnesota+500000.20%
Mississippi State+500000.20%
South Carolina+500000.20%
Kentucky+500000.20%
Missouri+500000.20%
Michigan State+600000.17%
Houston+1000000.10%
Boise State+1000000.10%
Duke+1000000.10%
Arizona+1000000.10%
California+1000000.10%
Boston College+1000000.10%
Cincinnati+1000000.10%
Maryland+1000000.10%
TeamOpen (1/12)5-May11-Jul
Alabama+400+300+275
USC+900+700+700
Ohio State+750+550+600
Florida State+700+750+700
Michigan+900+1200+1600
Oklahoma+900+1200+1400
Penn State+2000+1200+1400
Auburn+3300+2200+2000
Washington+4000+3300+2800
LSU+1200+2000+2200
Georgia+3300+2000+2500
Clemson+1600+2200+2800
Louisville+1800+2200+2200
Florida+5000+4000+3300
Wisconsin+5000+5000+4000
Texas+2800+2800+3300
Oklahoma State+3300+5000+5000
Notre Dame+4000+4000+5000
Miami-FL+3300+6600+6600
Virginia Tech+3300+5000+6600
Tennessee+5000+6600+7500
Kansas State+5000+6600+7500
UCLA+5000+6600+7500
Oregon+6600+7500+7500
TCU+7500+7500+10000
South Florida
Texas A&M+6600+10000+15000
Nebraska+15000+10000+15000
BYU+25000+30000+30000
West Virginia+5000+6600+10000
Colorado+10000+10000+30000
Utah+15000+15000+30000
Iowa+15000+25000+30000
Northwestern+25000+30000+30000
NC State+10000+10000+30000
Arizona State+25000+25000+30000
Arkansas+25000+25000+30000
Baylor+25000+30000+30000
Pittsburgh+25000+30000+30000
North Carolina+25000+25000+50000
Minnesota+25000+30000+50000
Mississippi State+25000+30000+50000
South Carolina+25000+30000+50000
Kentucky+50000+50000+50000
Missouri+50000+50000+50000
Michigan State+7500+10000+50000
Houston+25000+30000+30000
Boise State+7500+15000+50000
Duke+50000+30000+50000
Arizona+25000+50000+50000
California+25000+50000+50000
Boston College+50000+50000+50000
Cincinnati+50000+50000+50000
Maryland+50000+50000+50000

It’s about time! We are less than ten days away from the start of the 2017 college football season. We get a taste of the action next Saturday, August 26th before non-stop action the following Thursday up to Labor Day.

Betting Favorite: Alabama (+240)

As you can see, the odds on favorite to win is none other than Alabama. Not a big surprise here. As long as Nick Saban is in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide will be near the top of the preseason list.

Those who jumped on Alabama right away have to be happy with the decision. Shortly after losing to Clemson in the championship game, the Tide opened up at +400 (4 to 1). Their odds have only got better since. They were down to +300 by early May and sitting at +275 the last time we checked in in mid-July.

Note that when these are released initially, they are almost always based on what a team did last year and their reputation. The odds have now been up for a solid six months. While a lot of teams stayed put, we saw some decent movement at the top.

For example, USC (+600) has recently jumped ahead of Ohio State (+650) for the second best odds in the field. The only one even close to these top three teams right now is Florida State, which is at +750.

The next tier of teams feature Michigan (+1500), Oklahoma (+1600), Penn St (+1600), Auburn (+2000) and Washington (+2000).

We see another decent gap before hitting our next group of contenders. LSU (+2500) and Georgia (+2500) lead the pack here, with Clemson (+2800), Louisville (+3300), Florida (+3300) and Wisconsin (+3300) looming behind. The only other teams at 50 to 1 or better are Texas and Oklahoma State. Both of which are currently at +4000.

My Early Value Prediction: Louisville (+3300)

It would be easy to predict Alabama to win it all, but that’s no fun. Plus, there’s zero value with the Crimson Tide right now. A team that I like at a much better price is Louisville.

The Cardinals return Heisman quarterback Lamar Jackson to a team that returns a lot from last year. Louisville only had two players taken in the draft and they were in the 6th and 7th rounds. Keep in mind this is a team that tied Clemson at 7-1 in the ACC Atlantic. They started the season 9-1 with their only loss in conference a 36-42 defeat at Clemson.

The Cardinals lost their final 3 games, which is why I think they are under the radar. Struggling down the stretch after your playoff goals are out of reach is going to happen.

I absolutely love the fact that they are getting written off because of how they finished a year ago. Look for this team to come out with a chip on their shoulder and the ACC is theirs for the taking.

Preseason Vegas Lines for Past NCAA Football Championship Teams

The table below lists the preseason line on every team that went on to win the title since 2002.  The 2010 Auburn Tigers were the most unlikely champs in recent history.  A $100 bet on Auburn made before the start of the 2010 season would have paid $5,000 at the end of the year.  Compare that to the heavily-favored 2004 USC Trojans.  A $100 preseason bet on them would have paid just $300!

SeasonTeamPreseason
2016Clemson+750
2015Alabama+700
2014Ohio State+4000
2013Florida State+1600
2012Alabama+550
2011Alabama+600
2010Auburn+5000
2009Alabama+1200
2008Florida+600
2007LSU+800
2006Florida+1000
2005Texas+800
2004USC+300
2003LSU+4000
2002Ohio State+1900

FBS Championship Game Betting History: Spread, Total & Results

Next, find the results, spreads, and totals for every championship game since 1998.  This is when NCAA football started having an actual title game.

The biggest upset in the history of these games came in 2002 when Ohio State beat Miami.  The Buckeyes were 12-point underdogs.  They won thanks in large part to a controversial pass interference call in double overtime.

SeasonFavoriteScoreUnderdogScorePoint SpreadOver/UnderATS ResultTotal Result
2016Alabama31Clemson35-6.551UnderdogOver
2015Alabama45Clemson40-753.5UnderdogOver
2014Oregon20Ohio State42-7.574UnderdogUnder
2013Florida State34Auburn31-10.568UnderdogUnder
2012Alabama24Notre Dame14-1040FavoriteOver
2011Alabama21LSU0-2.541.5FavoriteUnder
2010Oregon19Auburn22-173.5UnderdogUnder
2009Alabama37Texas21-444.5FavoriteOver
2008Florida24Oklahoma14-371FavoriteUnder
2007LSU38Ohio State24-451.5FavoriteOver
2006Ohio State14Florida41-747UnderdogOver
2005USC38Texas41-769.5UnderdogOver
2004USC21Oklahoma19-354FavoriteOver
2003Oklahoma14LSU21-647UnderdogUnder
2002Miami24Ohio State31-1248UnderdogOver
2001Miami37Nebraska14-8.554.5FavoriteUnder
2000Florida State2Oklahoma13-11.556.5UnderdogUnder
1999Florida State46Virginia Tech29-649.5FavoriteOver
1998Florida State16Tennessee23-5.541.5UnderdogUnder