We inched another step closer to the college football season with National Signing Day in the rear-view mirror. That means there’s an updated view of which teams have the best odds to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Defending champion Alabama is among the early favorites to repeat as national champions, according to Bovada, but the Crimson Tide didn’t take the No. 1 spot.
That honor belongs to Ohio State, which pulled in the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ composite team rankings.
The Crimson Tide, which finished with the top-ranked recruiting class, is considered a 7/1 favorite to nab a national championship.
LSU and Tennessee were the other SEC powers to crack the top seven.
Even after hauling in the nation’s No 3 recruiting class, the Tigers’ odds at winning the title remained at 14/1 — the fifth-highest in the country.
Tennessee, which finished with the No. 14 recruiting class this year, saw its odds improve from 22/1 to 14/1 after National Signing Day, giving them the seventh best odds.
Ole Miss and Auburn each improved its odds after signing day. The Rebels improved from 22/1 to 20/1 odds after securing the nation’s No. 6 class, while Auburn improved from 50/1 to 33/1 odds with the No. 9 class.
UGA maintained 33/1 odds, as did Missouri at 100/1 odds.
Florida was one of the five teams that actually lessened their chances at a national title because of its recruiting class. The Gators dropped from 33/1 odds to 40/1 .
Also dropping was Texas A&M (50/1 to 66/1 odds), Arkansas (50/1 to 75/1 odds), South Carolina (66/1 to 100/1 odds) and Mississippi State (100/1 to 200/1 odds).