November has arrived and the true National Title contenders have emerged on the college football landscape. This page will serve as a one-stop shop when it comes to college football betting odds. Which teams are poised to win this season’s National Championship? As a wise man once said in 2021, Who the hell knows?
The only teams with CFB National Title odds lower than +3500 at the moment are Georgia and Alabama.
College football odds: 2021-22
Here is a look at college football odds to win the National Championship for 2021-22.
College Football odds: Futures report
Georgia (): Georgia’s decimated their gauntlet of a schedule that included two top-10 teams and four ranked opponents. Their defense is undeniably the best overall unit in the nation and their offense does plenty to win ballgames. They’ve been so good this year that even a loss in the SEC Championship game likely wouldn’t be enough to boot them from the top four. At this point, can anyone catch the Dawgs?
Alabama (): Alabama’s not really considered a “favorite,” but they’re one of just two teams with odds better than 35-1. The belief is that, as long as they aren’t blown out by Georgia in the SEC title game, a one-loss Alabama will make the Playoff fairly comfortably. In a year where most of the playoff members have zero championship experience in the last decade-plus, the Tide are going to have short odds.
Michigan (): As we’ve seen this year, nothing’s a guarantee. However, the track Michigan is on after trouncing Ohio State is a promising one– win the Big Ten Championship and they’re in. They have a showdown with defensive stronghold Iowa before their CFP berth is cemented; after all, we’ve never seen this team melt down in crunch time, right? Right?
Cincinnati (): At this point, we’re using the term “contender” loosely. The Bearcats don’t have great odds– between 50-1 and 80-1 at most books– but they’re in a strong position to make the Playoff. In 2021, if you’re in the CFP running, you have to be chalked up as a contender. All that stands between Cincinnati and the first-ever Group of Five Playoff berth is a strong 11-1 Houston (and, of course, the selection committee).
Oklahoma State (): Like the previous two teams, all the Pokes can do to secure their likely playoff spot is win the Big 12 Championship game against Baylor. Oklahoma State came up short earlier this year, but the team has clearly evolved since that Week 5 game. The Cowboys are out to prove that defense wins championships this year.
Notre Dame (): We’d be remiss to not include Notre Dame as a potential CFP party spoiler. Even without Brian Kelly (who bolted for the LSU head job), the Irish have the tantalizing allure of a large fanbase and the buying power of that fanbase. Said aloud or not, that matters in Playoff selection. Notre Dame would need some teams ahead of them to lose, but they’re far from not being in the running.
Basics of NCAA football futures
Sports betting is legal in several US States, with more legislation moving towards legalization every day. There are several sportsbooks with user-friendly apps that are available to serve as a platform for betting on NCAA futures.
When a sport is in season, the “Futures” tab can usually be found next to the game lines. But if you want to bet on the CFP before the season starts, most books will bring you right to the Futures section.
The odds for each team are primarily indicated in two ways. Most books will list a team as a +200 favorite, indicating that a $100 bet on that team to win the national title will pay out $200 if successful.
Some books list those odds as 2/1, but the math is the same. Those books will use those odds as fractions as well. As an example, a team listed as an 11/2 favorite to win the title would pay out 5.5x the investment. That same multiplier would be listed as +550 under the other format.
These odds can change throughout the season and even during the preseason if any news surfaces about injuries, transfers, or scandals related to the athletic department or coaching staff of a program.
History and favorites
Due to the top-heavy recruiting system in place for college football programs, it is extremely rare for an unknown team to win the national title.
But Ohio State was the fourth-ranked team in the field of four when it won the 2014 CFP title.
There is some value to be found if you’re willing to bet against the consensus favorites, which are currently Clemson and Alabama. There is also value if you find the right sportsbook on which to take one of those favorites, so be sure to shop around for the best odds at online books.
When it comes time to bet the actual matchup in the College Football Playoff title game, keep in mind that the underdog had won or covered the spread in all five championships until LSU’s convincing victory in 2020. Also, five of those six title games have gone over the assigned point total.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I bet on the College Football Playoff in the US?
Sports betting is legal and live at Nevada sportsbooks, Delaware sportsbooks, New Jersey Sportsbooks, Mississippi sportsbooks, West Virginia sportsbooks, Pennsylvania sportsbooks, New York sportsbooks, Iowa sportsbooks, Arkansas sportsbooks, Colorado sportsbooks, Michigan sportsbooks, Illinois sportsbooks, Tennessee sportsbooks and Rhode Island sportsbooks. Several other states have legislation in the works or are moving towards legalizing sports gambling.
Who is the favorite to win the CFP in 2021-22?
Alabama is the favorite to repeat as champions in 2021 in opening lines across sportsbooks at +350. No team has won the National Championship after being named opening favorites (Clemson was the favorite in 2020-21, Alabama was the favorite in 2019-20), but Alabama looks like the first team ready to do so.
When is the 2022 College Football Playoff?
The College Football Playoff is scheduled to begin on Dec. 31, 2021 with two national semifinals (Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl). The CFP National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022 in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is scheduled for the Sunday before the beginning of Bowl Season annually, with the first CFP rankings released in mid-November.