2014 College Football Playoff Odds, Picks & Betting Preview

Doug Upstone

Monday, December 1, 2014 7:19 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 7:19 PM UTC

The latest College Football rankings will be out Tuesday evening, but frankly, going into Week 15, not sure what these all will mean against the betting odds with what could occur this upcoming weekend.

This we understand, if Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and most likely TCU win this upcoming weekend, handicappers and those making sports College Football picks will know the Final Four.

We checked the futures odds at a couple of sportsbooks of the teams that are still in contention to reach the playoffs and have the College Football odds along with an outlook for each team.


SEC Title Game: Alabama (+150) vs. Missouri (+2500)
The Alabama Crimson Tide is the odds on favorite to win their fourth national championship in six years and as we have seen this year, they have a domineering offense to go with the No. 6 scoring defense (16.9 PPG) in the country. However, if Alabama were to lose this contest, they are not a lock to advance to New Year’s Day with a pair of losses, especially if TCU and Baylor win this week and have just one defeat on the season.

Missouri has the seventh-best College Football odds to win the national champion and should be commended for having to win six straight SEC games just to reach this point after being gorged by Georgia 34-0 at home. Hard to imagine the Tigers could move up far enough unless all the present higher seeds were to lose.


Pac-12 Title Game:  Arizona (+4000) vs. Oregon (+250)
Oregon wins and there in and they are the No.2 betting choice to win the national championship. The Ducks should have limitless motivation have lost consecutive times to Arizona, but we thought the same thing when they played in Eugene on Oct. 2, as the Wildcats actually dominated played in the 31-24 upset. Oregon certainly looks improved two months later on both sides of the ball, especially in the offensive and defensive lines.

However, if coach Rick Rodriguez can somehow have his team bring the same level of intensity as last time, Arizona has a chance. It appears the ‘Cats have favorable matchups they can exploit and if they gain confidence, who knows. If Arizona were to pull off another upset and if Alabama or Florida State were to fall, it would be hard to keep the Wildcats out playing in the country’s second-best conference.  


ACC Title Game: Florida State (+1000) vs. Georgia Tech (+4500)
The Seminoles are giving new meaning to “winning ugly.” The nation’s lone unbeaten team is only third in the College Football Rankings and is the No. 5 choice to repeat as champions.

Yet like a boxer who gets knocked down in the early rounds, this Seminoles team keeps fighting back and the only way this squad goes down now is being knocked out. Georgia Tech utilizes the option offense which can control a game and wear down opposing teams and if the Seminoles keep turning the ball over, they could be in trouble.

With how dissatisfied everyone seems to be with Florida State, unless Baylor and TCU were to lose, not sure Jimbo Fisher’s team would get the benefit of the doubt with their season-long performance and the ACC being weak to make the playoffs. Georgia Tech even with victory has no realistic shot at this time.


Big Ten Title Game: Wisconsin (+3500) vs. Ohio State (+1500) 
With the loss of quarterback J.T. Barrett, this really impacts the Buckeyes chances based on perception. Urban Meyer can change those perceptions if his team can have new QB Cardale Jones look like a suitable replacement for Barrett and beat Wisconsin in convincing fashion, say by two touchdowns.

Even then the Buckeyes would need help. Given the Big Ten’s national status and Wisconsin’s weak schedule they will not be in the Final Four even with victory.

Be sure to check our College Football odds page to compare prices from top Sportsbooks.

What about TCU (+450) and Baylor (+850)?
TCU will probably move up to No. 4, nonetheless, one school of thought will still prefer Baylor, having beaten the Horned Frogs and these decisions should be made on the field, not by opinion or someone’s criteria.

Hard to argue with that logic because they will not award the national championship to a team that outgained their opponent in the title game by 200 yards but lost on the scoreboard.

However, TCU has been the better team on their body of work and certainly passed the eye test. If both teams win Saturday and one of the Top 3 were to lose, wouldn’t it be something if the Big 12 received two invites, then everyone can start complaining about them not having a playoff! (Which they cannot with only 10 teams.)

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