NCAAF Odds to Make Playoffs: Taking a Look at Five Teams that Could Make It
Which Team or Teams Will Emerge to Challenge the College Football Playoff Mainstays?
- Longhorns, Aggies hoping for Texas-sized surprise in the race to the national title
- Utah Utes (+400 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
- Texas A&M Aggies (+650 odds to make the College Football Playoff)
- Texas Longhorns (+750 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
- Wisconsin Badgers (+800 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
- North Carolina State Wolfpack (+1000 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
Longhorns, Aggies Hoping for Texas-Sized Surprise in the Race to National Title
NCAAF Odds to Make Playoffs: The usual suspects are showing up as the front-runners in the odds to make the College Football Playoffs. Alabama has been among the four teams competing for the national title seven times in the eight CFB events.
The Crimson Tide currently leads the way at +175 odds to win the national championship.
Ohio State, bidding for a fifth CFP appearance, is next at +300 followed by defending national champion Georgia at +375.
Clemson had appeared in the College Football Playoffs six years in a row before being left out of the party a season ago. The Tigers are a little ways back at +1000.
USC has won national titles in the pre-CFP days and with the top-rated class of incoming transfers, the Trojans are at +1800 to win it all in 2022.
Those who follow the college football betting strategies know that once in a while, a surprise team or two emerges over the course of a season.
Pointspreads takes a look at some of the other contenders to be among the four teams to play for the national title, as well as the current NCAAF odds to make the playoffs.
Utah Utes (+400 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
Not only did Utah win the Pac-12 title in 2021, but the Utes also dismantled a talented Oregon team twice to accomplish that feat; this could be a gamechanger when it comes to current NCAAF odds to make the playoffs
USC is drawing all the attention in the Pac-12; however, Utah will be very much in the picture for the conference title.
The drawback is the lone non-conference game where Utah can impress the poll voters is the season opener at Florida.
Texas A&M Aggies (+650 odds to make the College Football Playoff)
Texas A&M shocked the college football world with the upset of Alabama a season ago. The Aggies faltered down the stretch, but with the top-rated recruiting class joining an already talented team, can Texas A&M become more than a team capable of springing the occasional upset and making a run at toppling the Alabama/Georgia stranglehold atop the SEC?
Wins over Miami and Alabama would certainly help the Aggies take the next step.
Texas Longhorns (+750 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
Few teams were as disappointing during the 2021 season as the Longhorns.
Texas lost its last six regular-season games with five of those losses by eight points or less.
Quarterback Quinn Ewers comes in from Ohio State and Bijan Robinson could be the best running back in college football. If the defense matures, this is a team capable of winning the Big 12 title and perhaps landing a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
A Week 2 meeting with Alabama would shake up the NCAAF playoff odds if the Longhorns pull off the upset.
Wisconsin Badgers (+800 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
With all the buzz surrounding Georgia’s dominant defense, it should be noted that the Badgers allowed the fewest yards per game among Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
The 2022 defense doesn’t figure to be quite as good as the 2021 unit; however, if the passing game for a lack of a better word, is at least passable, dynamic runner Braelon Allen could lead Wisconsin to its first CFP appearance.
Non-conference games against Illinois State, Washington State, and New Mexico State will not improve the national profile of the Badgers.
North Carolina State Wolfpack (+1000 odds to reach the College Football Playoff)
Clemson and Miami are favored to be the teams playing for the ACC title in 2022.
North Carolina State has quarterback Devin Leary back and plenty of players back from a defense that ended last season second in the conference in scoring defense and third in total defense.
A weak non-conference schedule won’t help the Wolfpack’s bid to reach the CFP for the first time, but it will be hard to ignore this team if they go through the season undefeated.Follow us on Twitter