National Champions Alabama +210
Lets be honest, if Alabama doesn’t make it to the College Football Playoffs, it will one of the biggest disappointment in sport’s history. With Tua Tagovailoa taking over(preseason Second Team All-American), the Crimson Tide drastically improve their passing game behind their dominate offensive line. Their defense will be lead by Raekown Davis (preseason Third Team All-American), the Tide will have holes to fill by the departures, but that has never stopped them before. A softer SEC schedule is a plus for the cake walk they will face. Mississippi State at home and Auburn at home will be the toughest match ups outside of the SEC Title Game. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are a safe bet for their 6th title in 10 years.
National Champions Oklahoma +2600
Since the playoffs have started one team with odds of +2500 or greater has made the four team mix, here is my play. Replacing a Heisman winner is never an easy takes but Kyle Murray has shown potential in limited time to take the reins. Returning RB Rodney Anderson and WR Marquise Brown should give the new QB1 reliable options behind a strong o-line. The defense has a mix of youth and returners this season. The Big 12 has never relied too much on defenses and but this OU team may be slightly improved with a strong d-line. The Sooners don’t have a terrible schedule a trip to Morgontown and the Big 12 Championship Title to end the year should be the toughest stretch. This team is clearly leaps and bounds better than the rest of the Big 12.
If you read my plays from before, my college football playoff picture includes, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Washington.
Big Ten Champions Iowa +2200
The winner of the the Big 10 is in the East, but if Iowa can make the Big 10 Title Game, they are a worthy hedge play. The West offers a softer schedule with Iowa missing 3 of the 4 best teams from the East, trips to Penn St. and Purdue in back to back weeks look like the toughest test on the road. The Badgers will come to Iowa for the toughest game of the year. Nate Stanley had a solid year for the Hawkeyes and returns for his Junior year. His two tightends, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockerson both have NFL potential and provide great options for Stanley. Amani Hooker will likely need to take a step up in a leadership role on the defensive side but showed great promise last season. The defensive ends should be really strong, being one of the best units in the Big 10, with Anthony Nelson and Parker Hesse returning and former five-star A.J. Epenesa seeing the field. With a softer schedule and the opportunity for Wisconsin to take some loses, gives Iowa great value.