Twelve undefeated college teams remain. Chances aren't great for any of them to finsih the season without a loss but we breakdown the betting odds on offer for all of them.
Twelve teams in the FBS remain undefeated. With only four slots open and five Power Conferences, an undefeated season will go a long way to get a team in the College Football Playoff.
Teams out of the Power 5 conferences can shoehorn themselves into a New Year’s Day bowl game (and a huge payout) by remaining undefeated. Realistically, an entry into the playoff is out their realm under almost any imaginable scenario. I’ll bet every one of them would sign up for the New Year’s Day bowl right now. So there is still plenty to play for.
Lets take a look at each team’s odds of finishing the season without a blemish. Of course, all College Football Odds are according to my own numbers. You might see something different, but I’ll stick with my evaluations.
Clemson +150 (3/2)
They are the one team that is actually favored to finish the regular season undefeated. They have a challenge this week at NC State and another tough one against Florida State next week. They are -10 this week and will be about the same vs. the Seminoles. They will be bigger favorite against Syracuse, Wake Forest and South Carolina. To win the ACC crown they will have to beat Pitt, Duke or North Carolina in the championship game, where they would be favored once again.
Ohio State +160 (8/5)
The Buckeyes are hitting their stride. No surprise for an Urban Meyer coached team. They will be big favorites over Minnesota and Illinois, but finish the season against Michigan State and Michigan, both of which can derail the defending champs. They would likely play Iowa in the B1G championship game, where they would be double-digit favorites.
Houston +350 (7/2)
They have a couple lose-able games with Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. Then they have a home game with another undefeated AAC team, Memphis, which will be their biggest challenge. They follow that with a likely win at UConn then host always-tough Navy. Temple is their likely opponent for the AAC championship.
Baylor +425 (17/4)
How much does Baylor fall after losing starting quarterback Seth Russell? Not much, in my book. I did drop them 2 points in my power ratings. But any other team that lost 29 touchdown passes and 2100 yards in the air would drop a lot more. Jarrett Stidham is largely untested but Art Briles has plugged in one quarterback after another since the days of RGIII. Baylor has road games at Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU. They host Oklahoma and Texas. That is one tough slate. Fortunately they won’t have to play a championship game. Their regular season is tough enough.
Michigan State +900 (9/1)
At Nebraska won’t be a cakewalk, though they should win that. Maryland at home should be easy, but hosting Penn State could present some problems. They play the big dogs, Ohio State in Columbus. Needless to say, that will be their biggest stumbling block. If they get through that, they will play Iowa for the B1G championship.
Memphis +1000 (10/1)
They have a couple easy ones with Tulane and SMU. They host Navy, no easy task, and travel to Houston and Temple, two other undefeated outfits from their own conference. If they successfully navigate through that, they will have to beat Temple again for the league crown. They have beaten Mississippi, so don’t count them out, but this will not be easy for them.
Iowa +1000 (10/1)
The Hawkeyes will be favored in every game the rest of the way, until they get to the B1G championship game. They have benefited from about the easiest Power 5 conference schedule imaginable. They have Maryland, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska left. Nebraska should be close to pick em, but they will be double-digit chalk in the others. Whoever they play out of the East will be a sizable favorite.
Toledo +1200 (12/1)
The MAC has some pretty good teams at the top of the conference this year, and Toledo will have to beat the league’s best in their final four regular season games. They host Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, and travel to Central Michigan and Bowling Green. They realistically could lose all four. If they do win out, they will have to beat Bowling Green again to be the MAC champs.
Temple +2000 (20/1)
We were tipped off early as to how good this team was when they handled Penn State rather easily in the opener. They host Notre Dame this week in what could be the biggest game in the program’s history. They are a dog this week, and will probably be close to pick when they host Memphis. They have a couple easy ones with SMU and UConn, then a sneaky tough contest at South Florida, who has been coming on lately. If they get through all that, they will face Houston or Memphis for the AAC championship. This has been a great season for Temple, but finishing without a loss looks like a mountain to climb.
TCU +2000 (20/1)
One of the early season favorites to capture the Big 12 championship and wind up in the playoff, TCU has suffered an inordinate amount of injuries, particularly on defense. Their offense, led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, has taken them this far, but the toughest part is yet to come. West Virginia is no walkover, though Kansas is. Then at Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State and home to Baylor. Wow. Baylor is the finale, and if they are still undefeated they will be a slight favorite. Still a tough row to hoe.
LSU +2200 (22/1)
One of the best teams in the country has one of the toughest remaining schedules. They play at Alabama and at Mississippi, where they will be underdogs in both. They also have home games with Arkansas and Texas A&M. Sheesh. To stay undefeated they will have to beat the SEC East champ in the SEC finale. The good thing for LSU is they could probably suffer a loss and still wind up in the playoff. I don’t know if anyone else on this list could say the same.
Oklahoma State +10000 (100/1)
There are probably a few folks surprised to see the Cowboys on this list. The fact is their schedule has been back loaded with their toughest games coming up to end the season. All they have to do to finish unscathed is beat Texas Tech and Iowa State on the road, and Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma at home. That’s all. After last week’s tragedy at their homecoming parade, I can’t think of any team that would deserve it more. Maybe miracles can happen.
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