College Football Futures: These Four Teams Are Your Best Picks
Bovada College Football Champion Futures
It’s officially the craziest time of the year in college football. Saturday starts the madness with rivalry week — when records are thrown out the window and anything can seemingly happen, including unthinkable upsets. Following that, the nation’s cream of the crop faces off with conference titles at stake. As it stands, Alabama, Clemson, Miami, and Oklahoma are in the College Football Playoff driver’s seat. But after the next two weekends, those rankings will be flipped on its head.
Right now, it feels like the calm before the storm, or in other words, the perfect time to wager (or for some, hedge) their national championship futures. The big game is less than two months away, so the time to invest in a potentially big payoff is now. Without further ado, we present you our best picks at claiming the College Football Championship, with lines brought to you by Bovada.Alabama (+140) Bovada
Any conversation about the college football championship starts and ends with Alabama. The Nick Saban-led Crimson Tide have played for the title in five of the past eight seasons. At this point, it feels like a foregone conclusion Alabama will again be duking out for supremacy in mid-January.
Not only are the Tide a perfect 11-0, they’ve won all but two of those games by at least double digits. Per usual, a bulldozing run game and stifling defense is the recipe to their success.
Averaging a whopping 270 yards per game on the ground, Alabama has the nation’s seventh-best rushing attack. They measure even better defensively, allowing just 10.2 points and 244 yards per game — both of which are NCAA bests.
One obstacle remains in the Tide’s path, though, and it’s a familiar one.Auburn (+700) Bovada
Of course, we’re talking about in-state foe Auburn. The Tigers will host the famed Iron Bowl, a game where they’re currently four-point underdogs. Alabama hasn’t lost to Auburn since the famous Kick Six duel four years ago, but a barn burner is expected on Saturday.
Both teams are near clones of each other. Neither relies on flashy quarterback play and instead fall back on a smashmouth style of old.
A 40-17 trashing of the formerly No. 1 Georgia two weeks ago certainly has the Tigers thinking upset. Having one of the nation’s biggest playmakers, in running back Kerryon Johnson, also helps Auburn’s cause.
Winning the Iron Bowl sets up an SEC championship showdown with Georgia the next week. Auburn has to surely win out, a one-loss Alabama team could likely still earn a CFP spot.
If there’s a futures bet to make here it’s the Tigers. Beating Bama on Saturday remains a big if, but a very plausible one nonetheless. And trust us, if Auburn does pull it off, their odds won’t even sniff the current +700. Wagering Auburn now is a small-risk, high-reward investment. We don’t advise laying the hammer down, but a few bucks now could go a long way in January.Clemson (+400) Bovada
No matter what happens this Saturday, one-loss Clemson and undefeated Miami will square off in the ACC Championship game with a berth to the CFP almost guaranteed. The last time these two met was two years ago, a game which Clemson won 58-0, which led to the firing of Miami’s Al Golden — opening the door for Mark Richt to take over the morbid program.
Looking ahead to the December 2 matchup, we’re giving the edge to the Tigers. The turnover chain-wearing Hurricanes have definitely proved “The U is back” with drubbings of Virginia Tech and Notre Dame the past few weeks, however, Clemson’s experience remains a difference maker.
Even with no Deshaun Watson, winning last year’s championship has carried over into this season for the Tigers. And in half the time coaching, Dabo Swinney has earned what’s eluded Richt his whole coaching tenure — a championship ring.
Bet on Clemson because of their big-game experience.Oklahoma (+600) Bovada
Speaking of Watson, Clemson largely won last year’s national championship because of his heroic efforts. If there’s one player that’s going to take over in the postseason, it’s quarterback Baker Mayfield. With gaudy stats of 3,81 yards passing and 39 total touchdowns, Mayfield has already wrapped up the Heisman vote.
Immaturities aside, the senior can sling the football. Mayfield has the capacity to put the Sooners on his back an lead them to a championship.
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