Alabama listed as heavy favorite to win national championship
At least one Las Vegas sportsbook expects Alabama to roll over its opponents en route to the national championship. The Westgate lists the Crimson Tide as 6:5 favorites to win the College Football Playoff, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Alabama certainly has looked like one of the best teams in the nation recently. The Tide have dominated their schedule since losing a sloppy game to Ole Miss, outscoring their last nine opponents 305-115. Their closest margin of victory this season was a five-point victory over Tennessee. All of Alabama’s other wins have come by at least 13 points.
The Tide also have a potential Heisman Trophy winner on offense. Junior running back Derrick Henry is third in the nation with 149.8 rushing yards per game and leads the country with 22 touchdowns. Henry might have cemented his name on the Heisman Trophy with an incredible 46-carry, 271-yard performance against Auburn last weekend.
Only one team, Oklahoma, even comes close to Alabama’s odds. The Sooners were listed at 5:2 by the Westgate to win the title. Interestingly, the wise guys were not as confident in the No. 1 team in the country; the Clemson Tigers received 5:1 odds to win it all.
Two Big Ten powers round out the top five teams on the Westgate’s list. Michigan State was listed at 8:1, while Ohio State was given 15:1 odds. The Buckeyes won’t be playing in the Big Ten Championship game because of a loss to the Spartans, but they were still given better odds than Iowa, which faces Michigan State on Saturday. The undefeated Hawkeyes were listed at 20:1.
Long shots North Carolina and Stanford round out the list with 30:1 and 40:1 odds, respectively. The Tar Heels and Cardinal both need to win their conference title games and get some serious help to get into the College Football Playoff.
To prove the sportsbook right, Alabama first needs to beat Florida in this weekend’s SEC Championship game.