Despite losing Russell, BU 15/2 to win title
Despite the season-ending injury to redshirt junior quarterback Seth Russell, the Baylor Bears are still 15/2 to win the college football playoff championship this season.
Russell, who was having an incredible year for the Bears, will miss the remainder of the season after a specialist concluded that the quarterback needs neck surgery. Russell met with the specialist on Monday of this week after he suffered a fractured neck bone in Baylor's win over Iowa State on Saturday.
In steps in freshman Jarrett Stidham, who will be forced to lead Baylor through its most difficult stretch of games. Next Thursday the Bears will play Kansas State in Manhattan, followed by a game the following Saturday versus Oklahoma, then Oklahoma State, then TCU before finishing with Texas on December 5. Fortunately, Art Briles and Co. will have an extra week to get Stidham up to speed, as Baylor doesn't play this weekend.
Ohio State remains a 2/1 favorite tow in the 2016 College Football Championship Game, while Alabama has the next best odds at 5/1 according to oddsmakers from online sports book Mybookie.ag. Despite not having Russell, Baylor is third according to the odds, at 15/2 to win it all this season.