Alabama has more depth than any team in the country, which makes it the clear betting favorite to outlast three others teams in the inaugural college football playoff.
The Crimson Tide had six players garner first team All-Southeastern Conference honors, while wide receiver Amari Cooper was recently named a 2014 Heisman Trophy finalist.
Alabama’s only loss came in its first true road game against Ole Miss, but it managed to win the statistical battle by a 396-323 margin in facing the nation’s top defense at that particular time.
In order for Nick Saban to win his first national title as a head coach, quarterback Blake Sims simply needs to manage the game, which shouldn’t be hard due to offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s work throughout the season.
The Ducks clinched their fourth Pac-12 Conference title in six years, as they enter their Rose Bowl matchup with the Florida State Seminoles on an eight-game win streak.
Junior signal-caller Marcus Mariota is the favorite to walk away with the sport’s biggest prize, as he’s completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with just two interceptions. It’s important to point out that this program has put together a dominating 59-7 SU record over the course of the decade, with 52 of those victories combing by 14 or more points.
Ohio State +865
The Buckeyes are considered the dark horse candidate to win it all due facing the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl with their No. 3 quarterback, but they’ve managed to overcome adversity and defeat a total of nine bowl-eligible teams among their 12 wins.
Most college football experts thought all was lost with the squad losing senior Braxton Miller just 10 days before the season opener, but J.T. Barrett did a remarkable job in accounting for 45 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending injury against Michigan in the regular-season finale.
Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s 59-0 blowout victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference championship game, but the improbable season will come to an end on Jan. 1.
Florida State +925
The Seminoles have made this trip to Pasadena before, as they secured a 34-31 victory over the Auburn Tigers as 11.5-point favorites in the 2014 BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl.
Sports bettors are certainly fired up for this high-profile matchup, as it features Heisman-winner Jameis Winston against this year’s front runner—one of the main reasons why the defending national champion is more than a touchdown underdog.
There’s always betting value in the college football odds when getting the opportunity to back a locker room that has won 29 consecutive games, while also possessing an offensive line that has 164 career starts.