The dust hasn’t even settled yet on Clemson’s National Championship, and already, we’re looking ahead to next year’s college football season and the fourth edition of the College Football Playoff.
Why are we already so hyped about the 2017 college football season? Because in the very first week of the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles are going to be playing against each other in what legitimately could be a #1 vs. #2 game.
What’s Ahead for the 2018 National Championship
That first game is an incredible test for the ACC against the SEC, and a win for the Noles in this neutral site game in Atlanta could set them up for a run to the playoff, especially since at least four of the best five quarterbacks in the ACC from the 2016 season are all headed to the NFL and will all ultimately be drafted.
Florida State gets Louisville at home, but it has to travel to Death Valley against Clemson. All three of those games represent potential trips in the schedule for sure, and a date at Florida might not be the easiest thing in the world either.
College Football Futures Odds
Alabama is obviously the favorite at +375 to win yet another in the National Championship odds, and there’s a rather large gap from there to FSU at +700.
Right behind the Seminoles in the college football odds are two teams that were playing incredibly well down the stretch of the season, the USC Trojans ( +750 ) and Ohio State Buckeyes ( +800 ).
Favorites and Duds for the 2017 Season
The Buckeyes were back in the CFP this year after a season away from it, but it was embarrassing in a bad loss to Clemson. But this young defense was one of the best in the nation this year, and most will be back. Quarterback J.T. Barrett is sticking around for his senior season as well, and we know that he has the guts to take on some of the best teams in the game.
But the Bucks have one big problem, and that’s the fact that they have to go to Ann Arbor next season. The Michigan Wolverines ( +1400 ) probably aren’t going to be quite as good this year as they were last season, but we know that going into the Big House is never fun and sets OSU up for a potential dud late in the year. The Bucks do get another shot at Oklahoma in Week 2 of the season, and that should be a nice boost to their resume as well.
Sam Darnold Makes USC a Favorite in Football Odds
As far as USC is concerned, it’s really going to be all about Sam Darnold, a man who is going to be one of the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy for sure with the way he ended his freshman season. The Trojans do have an interesting non-conference schedule for sure this year. They play at home against both Western Michigan and USC and go to Notre Dame.
If you’re looking for Clemson on the list of National Championship odds, you’ll have to go down for a while. With Deshaun Watson and several others going to the NFL, this team is probably going to be a shell of what it was in 2016. The Tigers are set at 20 to 1 to repeat as champs, but the likelihood of that happening doesn’t feel anywhere near as likely as this price suggests.
Football odds courtesy of Bookmaker.eu
2018 National Championship Odds
Florida State +700
Ohio State +800
Penn State +2800
Oklahoma State +3500
Virginia Tech +4500
Kansas State +5500
Notre Dame +6500
West Virginia +6500
Washington State +8500
Michigan State +10000
N.C. State +10000
Ole Miss +10000
Georgia Tech +20000
North Carolina +25000
South Carolina +30000
Boston College +50000
Iowa State +50000
Oregon State +50000
Texas Tech +50000
Wake Forest +50000
East Carolina +100000
Louisiana Tech +100000
Western Kentucky +100000
Air Force +500000
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