Ohio State may no longer be viable national title contenders in the eyes of some fans, that’s not how one Las Vegas book sees it.
Despite an embarrassing home loss to Oklahoma Saturday night, OSU is currently an 8/1 favorite to claim the 2017 College Football Playoff championship according to Bovada.lv. That’s down just slightly from the 6/1 they were at after Week 1 and behind just two other teams — Alabama at 7/4 (13/5 on Sept. 5) and USC at 6/1.
And the team that convincingly dropped the Buckeyes? The Sooners are at 8/1 after being at 14/1 a week ago.
Of course, there is precedence for OSU bouncing back from such an early-season loss, which is surely in the back of Vegas’ oddsmaking minds. Three years ago, OSU stumbled in a double-digit Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech before going undefeated the remainder of the year and claiming the 2014 national championship in the first season of the CFP.
Getting back to the here and now, the 2016 national champions, Clemson (20/1), are at 14/1 in Bovada‘s latest title odds, as are Michigan and Penn State. Both of those Big Ten teams hold steady from their odds a week ago.
Houston, at 100/1, is the only Group of Five team still on the board.
Below is the latest set of 2017 national championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.