College Football Playoff Odds: Opening Lines For Bama Vs. Cincinnati, Michigan Vs. UGA

Written By Brett Gibbons on December 5, 2021
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The final four of the College Football Playoff (CFP) is set and DraftKings Sportsbook already has odds on both of the semifinal games. Alabama claimed the top seed and will face Cincinnati, the first Group of Five team to reach the CFP. Michigan claimed the two spot and Georgia is ranked No. 3. The two winners face off on Monday, Jan. 10 in the National Championship in Indianapolis.

Below, we’ll look at College Football Playoff opening odds for the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl, as well as each team’s future.

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College Football Playoff Opening Odds: Alabama vs. Cincinnati

After winning the SEC Championship Game, No. 1 Alabama opened up as around two-touchdown favorites over No. 4 Cincinnati. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many coming off the Tide’s latest performance. Heisman favorite Bryce Young threw four touchdowns and Alabama scored 41 on a Georgia defense that previously hadn’t allowed more than 17. Cincinnati clinched their spot with a win over No. 21 Houston in the AAC title game.

Alabama plays Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The total for the game sits at .

History of 1 vs. 4 betting

It’s the fifth time in CFP history (seven seasons) the top seed opened as a double-digit favorite. Bama was a 19-point favorite against No. 4 Notre Dame last season.

Twice in the CFP has a four seed been favored over the top seed– Oklahoma in 2015 (over Clemson, lost 37-17) and 2017 Alabama (over Clemson, won 24-6). Also twice has a four seed upended the top team, famously Ohio State in 2014 (over Alabama) and the aforementioned 2017 Tide.

Preseason futures

Alabama was the preseason favorite to win the National Championship (+300 at DK). Bama maintained favorite status until it lost at Texas A&M, where Georgia took over as the favorite for the remainder of the regular season. Currently, Alabama is – favorites once again.

Cincinnati wrapped up their 2020-21 season by showing the world they may have been worthy of a CFP berth last season. The Bearcats went toe-to-toe with Georgia in the Peach Bowl. While they ultimately lost, Cincinnati led all Group of Five teams in odds to win the National Championship in the preseason at +4000. Naturally, being the first non-Power 5 conference team and the fourth seed, Cincinnati holds the longest odds to win the title at .

College Football Playoff Opening Odds: Michigan vs. Georgia

Michigan made its case to make the College Football Playoff when they dropped the hammer on rival Ohio State, 42-27. The Wolverines followed that up with a 42-3 blowout of Iowa in the Big Ten Championship, their first outright conference title since 2003. Georgia’s defense was pushed for the first time this season in a 41-24 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. The Dawgs were the title favorites since Week 6 and maintained favorite status until this loss.

Michigan faces Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

The total for the game sits at .

History of 2 vs. 3 betting

Three seeds have been favored in three of seven matchups in the history of the CFP: 2016 Ohio State (over Clemson), 2017 Georgia (over Oklahoma), and 2019 Clemson (over Ohio State).

In those games, the latter two won outright. Two seeds that were at least touchdown favorites are 3-0 against the spread. Georgia becomes the fourth two seed to open favored by at least a touchdown (currently ).

Preseason futures

Michigan opened the 2021 season with the longest odds to win the National Championship of any of the final four teams at +10000 (DraftKings). It was their Week 13 win over Ohio State that really vaulted Michigan into contention. Currently, they are to win the title– third among these final four teams.

Georgia is currently to win the National Championship, just a hair behind Alabama. The Dawgs were the championship favorite for nine weeks, from Week 6 to Week 14. They were among the favorites in the nation in the preseason (+800 at DK) and never wavered throughout the year.

College Football Playoff Futures

No. 1 Alabama
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+120
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+115
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+120
No. 2 Michigan
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No. 3 Georgia
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No. 4 Cincinnati
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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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