Week 1: Alabama Favored to Win Title

Alabama Favored to win National Championship heading into Week 1 8/28/17

Heading into Week 1 of the college football season, the Alabama Crimson Tide remain the favorites to win this year's national title.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Tide are 9/4 favorites to win the 2018 College Football National Championship Game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have the next-best odds at 4/1, followed by the USC Trojans at 15/2. Florida State at 8/1 and Auburn at 18/1 round out the top 5.

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Alabama, as it often does, opens with a marquee opponent at a neutral site. This year's opponent is Florida State, whom the Crimson Tide will face this Saturday night at 8:00PM ET on ABC. After taking on Fresno State and Colorado State the following weeks, 'Bama opens SEC play with a visit to Vanderbilt on September 23. The Crimson Tide will also host Tennessee and LSU this year and travel to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.

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Continuing with the odds, the LSU Tigers are 20/1 to win the national championship this upcoming season, as are the Michigan Wolverines, Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers. Georgia, meanwhile, is 22/1, as are the Washington Huskies, who lost to Alabama in the semi-finals round of the playoffs last season. Clemson, the defending national champion, is 28/1 to repeat this season, as is Louisville, which will bring back Heisman winner Lamar Jackson at quarterback.

Other long shots include Texas at 30/1, Oklahoma State at 40/1, and both Florida and Notre Dame, who are 45/1, respectively. Miami and Stanford are 55/1, respectively, while Virginia Tech is 65/1. UCLA, with Josh Rosen at quarterback, is 80/1 to win it all this season.


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