We're 356 days away from the 2017 College Football Playoff national championship game. Who will be taking home the trophy that Monday night in Tampa, Fla.?
It's time to start thinking about it.
Only one week has passed since the 2015 college football season ended - a season that concluded with Alabama winning its fourth championship under Nick Saban - but 2016 talk has already started. The ridiculously early preseason polls are out. The best games are being discussed. It can't get here fast enough.
Betting lines have begun to be released, too. Most importantly for this post, futures odds to win the 2017 College Football Playoff have been released.
Which teams' odds are most enticing? Who should you be betting on to win next season's championship?
Based on Bovada's odds, here are five teams we think make solid bets. They're in order based on their odds. These are not necessarily the teams we think are most-likely to win it all, either. They're just five solid bets to make based on the odds that are out there.
Start With No. 5 ??? >>>
This, obviously, is a longshot. A very, very big one.
The biggest longshots pay the biggest winnings, though. Place $100 on Miami to win it all and you'll get $7500 if The U actually does it.
Look, Miami, in all likelihood, is not going to win next season's national championship. This is probably, at best, a nine-win team. And most Hurricanes' fans would probably be OK with that in Year 1 of the Mark Richt era.
">December 4, 2015
I think this is a solid longshot bet, though. Miami does return a decent amount of its talent, including, most importantly, its quarterback, Brad Kaaya. The Hurricanes should also receive a jolt from the new coaching staff, led by Richt. And the schedule isn't too tough. Miami gets Florida State at home, Notre Dame on the road and doesn't have to play Clemson in the regular season. Again: Miami is most-likely not winning it all next season. But if you're searching for a nice big payoff bet, this might be the one. Next: No. 4 ??? >>>4. Oregon Odds: 33-to-1The Ducks, in my mind, are being a bit underrated heading into the 2016 season. Oregon had a couple of bad losses in the early-to-mid part of this past season and much of the college football world stopped paying attention to Nike U. Few teams played as well as the Ducks down the stretch, though (save for that collapse against TCU in the Alamo Bowl). At 33-to-1, Oregon's a pretty-decent play. The Ducks will have another stud FCS transfer quarterback in Dakota Prukop. They'll have a star running back in Royce Freeman. Other skill players are returning and the defense should improve.
">January 12, 2016
Oregon's schedule is tough, but it's manageable. The Ducks should go undefeated in non-conference play. In the Pac-12, Oregon gets Stanford at home and doesn't have to play UCLA or Arizona. An 8-1 record in-conference is possible. Combine that with a 3-0 record in the non-conference and a Pac-12 Championship Game victory and the Ducks will be in the playoff.
Stanford's probably more-likely to win it all out of the Pac-12, but the Cardinal's odds are 16-to-1. Oregon's a better play.
Next: No. 3 ??? >>>
3. Florida State
The Seminoles should be one of the country's most-talented teams in 2016. FSU returns a lot from a 10-win team, a team that was one of the youngest in the nation. Most importantly, Jimbo Fisher's squad will get to rely on a running back who is perhaps the best player in the country in Dalvin Cook.
The quarterback position is a question mark, though, so the Seminoles aren't being viewed as one of the favorites to win it all.
">January 3, 2016
There's talent to be groomed under center in Deondre Francois, a four-star quarterback in the 2015 class who could take over the QB spot in the season to come. If he can live up to the hype, or, really, come anywhere close to it, Florida State could find itself in the College Football Playoff, competing for a championship. I like their odds at 18-to-1 a lot. Next: No. 2 ??? >>>2. Tennessee Odds: 12-to-1Few teams are getting hyped up as much as the Volunteers heading into the 2016 season. It might actually be deserved. Tennessee's been recruiting really well under Butch Jones and that young talent seems ready to emerge. The Volunteers throttled Northwestern in their bowl game, 45-6, and could ride that momentum right into the upcoming season.
">January 16, 2016
They'll have a stud quarterback in Josh Dobbs and great offensive and defensive lines. There will be talented skill players for Dobbs to get the ball to, as well.
The schedule plays out fairly nicely, too. Tennessee's in the weaker SEC East and misses LSU and Ole Miss. The Alabama game is at home and there are only two tough road games - at Georgia and at Texas A&M.
Alabama's definitely the safer play, but Tennessee's the better gamble.
Next: No. 1 ??? >>>1. Ohio State
The Buckeyes are losing a lot. More than any team in the country, probably. They're still a good bet.
Urban Meyer is still in Columbus. J.T. Barrett's back. So, too, are dozens of four and five-star recruits ready to shine.
Ohio State has reached an Alabama-like level under Meyer, a level where you can just re-load year-after-year with elite recruits. As the Buckeyes' coach proved once again on Monday, few, if any, programs have been recruiting as well as Ohio State over the last three to four years.
">January 18, 2016
Michigan's getting more hype, but OSU should be the Big Ten favorite. The Buckeyes get the Wolverines at home, too. A road trip to Oklahoma is daunting, but OSU could lose that contest, win the Big Ten and still make the College Football Playoff.
At 10-to-1, I like betting on Ohio State more than Alabama (6-to-1) and Clemson (7-to-1).
Who will you be betting on?
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