The 2017 NCAA football season has concluded and the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has made their controversial picks to play for the National Championship.
2018 College Football National Title Odds
Leading the way are the Clemson Tigers who rank first in the nation. Clemson will face the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile, the second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners will face the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl. Now let’s find out who has the best odds to win the 2018 College Football National Championship!
I don’t care if Nick Saban clamored for his Alabama Crimson Tide to make it to the College Football Playoff. That’s what he’s supposed to do. What so interesting is that Vegas feels the Alabama Crimson Tide have the best shot at winning the National Championship even though the best the CFP could do was rank them fourth.
So, what’s the key for Alabama facing the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl on Monday, Jan 1? Linebacker play. When Shaun Dion Hamilton went down on Nov. 5, Things changed dramatically for the Alabama defense.
The thinking is that if Clemson can beat Alabama, the Tigers should have no trouble beating either Oklahoma or Georgia. Neither Oklahoma nor Georgia have the defense that Clemson has. The Tigers’ defense ranks fifth in the nation in total yards allowed. Clemson’s D ranks second in the nation in average points allowed per. Opponents average 12.8 points per versus the Clemson Tigers.
Likely Heisman Trophy winner Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield leads the Sooners into their College Football Playoff Semifinal versus the Georgia Bulldogs. Oklahoma had some massive wins this season. The one knock is that the Sooners battled teams in the Big 12 might have been a tad overrated. We’ll see on Jan. 1!
Georgia exacted revenge on the only team to beat them this season, the Auburn Tigers, in a stunning 28 to 7 win over Auburn in the SEC Championship on Dec. 2. The Tigers dominated Auburn’s offense while Georgia’s offense got it going versus a decent Auburn defense. Will the Bulldogs win the National Championship?