College football futures watch: There’s Georgia, and then there’s everyone else
For the first time this season, Georgia is minus money to win the National Championship. The Bulldogs continued to roll along with a rout of Missouri this past weekend, while Michigan State suffered its first loss and neither Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, nor Cincinnati impressed. Wake Forest also joined Michigan State in tumbling from the unbeaten ranks, although the Demon Deacons’ result didn’t really have an impact on the College Football Playoff odds.
Let’s take a look at where some of the futures markets stand following 10 full weeks of college football action.
Ohio State +450
Michigan State +7000
Georgia and Alabama still occupy the top two places, just as they did before the season started, albeit in reverse order. The Dawgs improved from +110 to -110 following their 43-6 destruction of Missouri on Saturday. Yes, Georgia vs the field is now pretty much an even bet. Of course, UGA’s improvement in the odds had more to do with the struggles of fellow contenders. Alabama, which scraped past LSU 20-14, fell from +280 to +360. Cincinnati messed around with Tulsa and took a dive from +3000 to +5000 following its 28-20 victory. Michigan State plunged from +4000 to +7000 on the heels of its 40-29 setback at Purdue.
Other than UGA, the only contenders going in the right direction are Ohio State and Oregon. They climbed to +450 and +2500, respectively. The Buckeyes for the most part have been absolutely destroying opponents since losing to Oregon earlier in the season, and they are now 6-0 in the Big Ten despite underwhelming a little in a 26-17 win against Nebraska. A tough closing schedule of Purdue, Michigan State, and Michigan awaits OSU. Since falling to Stanford in overtime, the Ducks have got back on track with four wins on the trot.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama +180
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State +280
CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State +400
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss +550
Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma +750
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh +2500
Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest +4000
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State +2500
Unlike in the National Championship picture, nobody is favored against the field in the Heisman Trophy race, not even close. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young held steady at +180 after throwing for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns against LSU. Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III fell only a little bit from +250 to +280 following the loss at Purdue. It certainly wasn’t Walker’s fault, as he rushed for 136 yards and a score. Trending in the right direction, albeit only slightly, are Ohio State QB CJ Stroud and Oklahoma signal-caller Caleb Williams. Stroud moved from +450 to +400 and Williams climbed from +800 to +750.
When it comes to Power 5 conferences, it is toughest to get a read on the ACC. With Clemson down this year, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest have taken turns looking like the cream of the crop. The Demon Deacons, however, lost to North Carolina 58-55 this past Saturday and are now considerable underdogs in the title race (+350 to Pittsburgh’s +150). Kenny Pickett and the Panthers took care of Duke 54-29 to bounce back from a setback against Miami (FL) the previous week. On opposite sides of the conference, Wake and Pitt still have a good chance of settling this on the field in the ACC Championship. N.C. State (+500), Miami (+800), Virginia (+1000) are also in the realistic mix.
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