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 2018-19 College Football Playoffs
|Team||Current Odds||Implied Probability|
|San Diego State||+50000||0.20%|
|San Diego State||+50000||+50000|
We are inching closer and closer to the start of another college football season, as we are now less than one month away from teams taking the field. I thought now would be a good time to look at the most recent odds to win the 2018 National Championship.
Our previous checkpoint was back in early May. At that time Alabama was listed as the overwhelming favorite at +225. Clemson was next up at +550, with Ohio State at +750 and Georgia at +800. There was quite a gap after the top four until we hit Michigan at +1600.
The Crimson Tide are still the favorites, though their odds have slightly improved, as they are now at +180. Clemson and Ohio State have stayed put, while Georgia’s odds have dropped slightly to +850.
Michigan is still next in line, though they are now way back at +2000, which is tied with Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Washington for the fifth best odds to win it all. Penn State is next up at +2500. No other team has odds at 25 to 1 or better.
The next tier of teams includes Auburn (+3000), Miami (+4000), Texas (+4000), Michigan State (+4500), Florida State (+5000), Notre Dame (+5000), Stanford (+6000), USC (+6000) and LSU (+6500).
You then have West Virginia and Mississippi State at +8500, followed by Florida, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, and Oregon at +10000.
There are several more teams listed. Just about every “Power 5” program has odds available to wager on, as well as some of the top “Group of 5” teams.
If you are going to wager on these odds, I highly recommend sticking to a team that at least has odds of 100 to 1 or better. As tempting as it is to take one of the major long shots, especially if it’s your favorite team, there’s little chance one of these teams makes the playoffs, let alone wins the title.
With that said, there’s some knowledge to be gained by looking at all the odds. This list is essentially shows how Vegas would rank the teams if they had to release their power rankings. Definitely a useful tool when trying to handicap the Week 1 odds.
College Football Playoff Predictions – Pick to Win National Title
As we update the odds over the course of the season (updated weekly when season starts), I’ll give out my favorite wager based on the most recent lines.
Michigan (+2000) – The easy pick here would be to take Alabama. While I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Crimson Tide repeated as national champs, I don’t think there’s enough value with Alabama to even waste your time.
My favorite team to win it all going into the season is Michigan. The Wolverines haven’t quite lived up the lofty expectations in the first three years under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan has struggled in the big games and keeps coming up just short in the loaded Big Ten East.
I believe the biggest reason the Wolverines haven’t taken that next step is they have had to try to make due with some average talent at quarterback. That’s no longer the case. Michigan landed Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson and I think he’s going to take this team to the next level. Especially when you factor in they have 16 other starters coming back. There’s a ton of NFL talent on what might just be the best defense in the country. If Patterson can get the offense going, this team is going to be tough to beat.
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!
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.
|Season||Favorite||Score||Underdog||Score||Point Spread||Over/Under||ATS Result||Total Result|
|1999||Florida State||46||Virginia Tech||29||-6||49.5||Favorite||Over|