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‘Noles, Tide 1-2 in final Bovada CFP odds

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With the 2014 FBS season officially set to kick off tonight — yes, Abilene Christian-Georgia State and not Texas A&M-South Carolina — has released its final set of preseason odds on winning the first-ever College Football Playoff.

In the previous set of odds released by the wagering website, both Florida State and Alabama were listed as the co-favorites to win the playoff at 11/2.  Heading into the season, however, it’s the Seminoles alone at 4/1, followed by the Tide at 5/1.

Those two are followed by Oregon at 15/2, followed by Auburn and Oklahoma at 10/1.  UCLA and Georgia are up next at 14/1 and 16/1.

Ohio State, which just a week ago in the wake of the season-ending injury to Braxton Miller saw its title odds plummet from 10/1 to 40/1, is back up to 20/1.  The Buckeyes are still ahead odds-wise of Michigan State (25/1), which is now viewed as the Big Ten frontrunner because of Miller’s injury.

Bovada sports book manager Kevin Bradley explained that, as it relates to the initial reaction to the Miller injury, there was “possibly an over-adjustment on our part as we saw an influx of bets on them within hours.”

The biggest jump among Top 25 was Wisconsin, which went from 33/1 to 25/1.  The biggest dip was, of course, OSU.

The longest odds listed?  Call at 1,000/1.  The shortest odds for a Non-Power Five conference member?  At 200/1, Marshall, which was off the board the last time odds were released.

In fact, the heard is the only “mid-major” listed.

Below are the full set of odds, again courtesy of

(Note: teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same.)

Bovada Final 2014 Preseason Odds

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10 Responses to “‘Noles, Tide 1-2 in final Bovada CFP odds”
  1. blacknole08 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:37 PM

    “Florida 25/1”

    LOL should be 2500/1

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:39 PM

    BAMA, Oregon, Auburn, UCLA and Oklahoma are all overrated BTW. Only one of those teams make it to the playoffs IMO.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:45 PM

    Thank God football season is finally here! Now I can hunker down in my man cave and escape all the chic flics I’m forced to watch the rest of the year.

  4. jimmy53 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:48 PM

    Funny how Ohio State loses their QB and it knocks them out of most people’s playoff picks—-whereas, Alabama never has a QB and they get picked to come in second.

    If UA has not settled on a QB by the second game, I think they lose 2 games this season (the 2nd might be the SEC championship game).

  5. justafan2014 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:11 PM


    Just wow.

  6. patbocam says: Aug 27, 2014 6:36 PM

    I’ll take those odds! War damn eagle!

  7. jimmy53 says: Aug 27, 2014 8:01 PM


    What’s the “wow” about?—they lost two games last year and they had a better team and a QB. If after two games they can’t make a solid QB decision between a converted RB and a transfer QB, then they don’t have a QB.

    So save me the shock that mighty UA could lose two games. They could easily drop the Auburn game, and one more. It’s a long season, and at some point you need your QB to get you a game or two.

  8. dcroz says: Aug 27, 2014 9:01 PM


    What is it with your obsession with Alabama’s QB situation? This is the second thread where you have posted your views concerning who is going to be under center. I honestly think you lay awake at night worried about it.

    In any case, these are BETTING odds. This is not the consensus pick of expert pollsters or journalists; it is what gamblers are willing to put their money on. And in any case, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference in terms of who even makes the playoff, let alone wins it all. Jeez, go take a Valium and lie down with all this anxiety of yours.

  9. longborer69 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:34 AM

    LOL. Two posts makes an obsession? You’re now halfway to an obsession about jimmy, I guess.

  10. dcroz says: Aug 28, 2014 7:58 AM


    I take it reading was not your best subject in school. I said this is the second thread where he has posted on the subject. You know, “thread,” as in “a series of posts on one topic,” as opposed to just “posts.” Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt.

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