- Georgia closing on Alabama as national title favorite
- Bulldogs, Crimson Tide differentiate from field
- Oregon closes in on traditional Top 5
The No.2 Georgia Bulldogs’ defense is one of the most talked-about units in college football, and after Saturday night’s 40-13 rout of South Carolina at Sanford Stadium, the Bulldogs’ national championship odds are in play with the same focus.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 19, 2021
Georgia closed on No. 1 Alabama as the favorite to with the BCS National Championship as the Bulldogs now sit at (+250) while the Crimson Tide place at (+180) after the Tide narrowly escaped the Florida Gators in The Swamp on Saturday afternoon.
Some oddsmakers had this as close as Alabama with (+200) odds, and then Georgia sitting at (+250). Some online sportsbooks have the margin a bit wider as the Crimson Tide are seen at (+175) with the Bulldogs at (+335).
The Bulldogs rolled up 491 yards of total offense behind 317 yards through the air from quarterback JT Daniels while Alabama had to withstand a solid Florida comeback when they stuffed the Gators on a two-point conversion with 3:10 to play to preserve a 31-29 win.
Alabama and Georgia are on a collision course to meet in the SEC Championship game as the Crimson Tide sits at (-165) while the Bulldogs check-in at (+150). Texas A&M is the next closest team at (+1800).
Oddsmakers are still reticent to drop Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State below anyone else in the national championship field.
The Sooners (+650) struggled past stubborn Nebraska, 23-16, as quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for one score and ran for another.
Clemson’s narrow 14-8 win over Georgia Tech pushed the Tigers back to a (+900) as Clemson stays ahead of Ohio State (+1000), who pulled away from Tulsa in the fourth quarter for a 41-20 win.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 19, 2021
Some sportsbooks had a greater differentiation as Oklahoma (+1000), Ohio State (+1200), and Clemson (+1200) are falling.
The Tigers are still (-350) to win the ACC as North Carolina (+400) and Miami (+1200) offer the closest challenges, according to oddsmakers.
Flying into Contention
The No. 3 Oregon Ducks had that huge win over Ohio State last week, and they wasted little time dispatching Stony Brook, 48-7, on Saturday. The Ducks sit at (+1600) after starting the season at (+5000).
Oregon saw improvement from it’s (+2000) of a week ago, but in some places the Ducks are still posting that (+2000). The Ducks are pushing their way into national title contention behind the play of senior quarterback Anthony Brown and the two-pronged running game of C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye. Oregon posts (+120) odds to get into the Pac-12 title game with USC and Utah at (+500).
The Trojans regained the confidence with some oddsmakers in disposing of Washington State, 45-14, in Pullman on Saturday. Utah fell to 1-2 with a triple-overtime loss to San Diego State.
Big Ten Moves
Penn State (+3000), Iowa (+5000), and even Michigan (+5000) have national title aspirations in their crosshairs, but sportsbooks are still listing them as longshots to win the national championship.
The Nittany Lions defeated Auburn, 28-20, on Saturday night and moved up from (+5000) a week ago, although the Lions started at (+4000)
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 19, 2021
Iowa has risen to No. 4 in the nation as the Hawkeyes are becoming the trendy pick to win the Big Ten. Iowa now sits at (+5000) after it’s 30-7 win over Kent State where Ty Goodson rushed 22 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes opened the preseason at (+10000) and made a major move to (+5500) after last week’s win over Iowa State.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) September 12, 2021
Michigan joins Iowa at a current (+5000) as the Wolverines have defeated inferior competition by an average of 35.7 points per game. They started the season at (+5000) and fell back to (+5500) a week ago.
Bovada had the Buckeyes (-225) as a heavy favorite once again to win the Big Ten at the beginning of the season. Wisconsin sat at (+550) with Iowa and Penn State both posting odds at (+1000). Michigan was an outlier at (+2000).