October 14, 2021
The second half of the college football season kicks off this weekend with most of the top 25 partaking in conference matchups. We had some big upsets last week highlighted by Alabama’s loss on the road to Texas A&M, and also a huge win for the Iowa program over Penn State that has the Hawkeyes ranked 2nd in the nation.
Georgia is the new CFP favorite after Alabama stumbled last week, but the Crimson Tide are right behind Georgia with the 2nd best odds due to the fact that they are still in the driver’s seat in the SEC West and will likely face off against Georgia in the SEC title game. Ohio State looks like they are starting to put together things offensively and they are surprisingly still the favorite in the Big 10 and have the third-best odds.
Here is a look at the top 6 best odds to take home the CFP Title:
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I think Cincinnati is a lock to make the CFP as their schedule the rest of the way is fairly easy and they should finish up undefeated. There will be a ton of outside pressure to finally allow a non-Power 5 team into the CFP as well with the remaining contenders likely to have one loss. Cincinnati played Georgia very well in last year’s Peach Bowl and lost a close 24-21 contest and I think they are worth a hard look at +2000.
Bryce Young and Matt Corral are still at the top of the Heisman leaderboard but I think a couple of players that are in the middle of the pack have a great chance of winning this year’s trophy. Two players that stand out are Desmond Ridder, the QB from Cincinnati, and Kenneth Walker III from Michigan State both have a great chance to close out the season with their teams in the top ten while the SEC favorites beat up on each other.
Here are the top 5 odds:
Iowa came away with a big 23-20 win at home to get the program to new heights and into serious national title contention. Iowa has always been seen as a good program but never thought of as one that can get to the top 5 due to their location and average recruiting.
Kirk Ferentz has long been one of the most underrated coaches in college football and is finally getting the notoriety he deserves this year.
Arizona State has put together a string of impressive wins and sits t 5-1 in the PAC12 and looks like a real contender to win the conference championship. ASU has an upcoming road test at Utah which will be a big test, but if they can get by the Utes, they have a great chance of running the table until the PAC12 title game where they will likely face Oregon. The Pac 12 looks to be on the outside looking in for the CFP, but a strong finish by Arizona State could potentially change that.
The Red River shootout lived up to its name as the Sooners overcame a huge first-half deficit to come back and defeat the Longhorns 55-48. Spencer Rattler, who was the early Heisman frontrunner at the beginning of the season was benched for Caleb Williams, who led Oklahoma to 35 points in the second half to topple the Longhorns. The Sooners are in a prime position to get back to the CFP and likely will stick with Williams at QB.
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