The College Football Playoff picture is starting to take shape. Clemson, Alabama and Georgia are odds-on favorites to make the semifinals. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will get sorted in Week 7, but are there outside contenders that could slip into the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl scheduled for New Years Day?
The Pac-12 has yet to play a game, but the new schedule makes USC and Oregon heavy favorites to meet in the championship game as undefeated teams. Both the Ducks and Trojans can be found at 100/1 in various places to win the national title. The Big 12 has all but cannibalized itself, leaving the door wide open for Ohio State to make the Playoff even with a conference loss. While the Buckeyes may not hold much value in that case, there are other teams still peaking in from the outside.
Can a top-25 Iowa State team sweep the Big 12 and still make the Playoff with a loss to Louisiana? Will Virginia Tech be even better after fully recovering from COVID-19 and the return of quarterback Hendon Hooker? Will an undefeated Group of Five team sweep into the spot if the Power Five conferences finish with two-loss champions?
Week 6 will help answer a few of those questions. But with each new upset, the odds for teams that haven’t played will only continue to lose value.
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