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2022 College Football Playoff National Title Odds
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Alabama and Clemson have dominated college football over recent memory, winning five of the last six national titles.
Lo and behold, the market is high on both powerhouses just weeks leading up to the regular season.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers are the only two teams in the nation priced shorter than 5-1 at DraftKings, while Ohio State, Georgia, and Oklahoma round out the top five.
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The SEC leads all conferences with five teams 100-1 or shorter, followed by the Big 10 (4).
Iowa State slips into the second tier of contenders and could make noise in 2021. Head coach Matt Campbell quietly led the Cyclones to a nine-win campaign last year, with two of three losses coming by a combined nine points. His squad is just outside the top-10 nationally in total returning EPA.
The Pac-12 hasn’t sent a team to the Playoff since 2016. Oregon and USC appear the likeliest suitors as the only programs in the conference listed better than 80-1.
If a mid-major is to pull off the unthinkable and crack the four-team playoff, watch out for Cincinnati. The reigning AAC champs have mowed through their competition lately under head coach Luke Fickell, who’s compiled a remarkable 31-6 win-loss clip over the last three seasons.