Power 5 Conference Championship Odds Updates

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Kevin Stott

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:55 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 12:55 PM GMT

The 2017 college football season will kick off this weekend, and the first AP poll out shows Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma and Washington as the top eight teams in the land, and five of those schools are also the odds favorites in their respective Power 5 conferences.

The 2017 College Football season kicks off with four games on Saturday, followed by six more (lined) games each next Thursday (Aug. 31) and Friday (Sept. 1) before a number of major teams begin play next Saturday (Sept. 2) including AP No. 3  Florida State and No. 1 Alabama colliding in an early season can’t-miss game from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (ABC, 8 pm ET; AL -7½ +100, 49½, 5Dimes). Before play begins, let’s take one last look at the odds from Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes for the winners from the Power 5 conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and the SEC — where the usual suspects are pretty chalky favorites in some conferences which again seem pretty lopsided with Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and Alabama all respectively on the top of the Futures oddsboard in the five.

JT Barrett (8/1 to win Heisman Trophy, Bovada) and No. 2 Ohio State (6-7 ATS in 2016) will begin play at The Rock and Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana against Indiana (6-7 ATS) next Thursday (Aug. 31) with a fun season-opening Big Ten game (ESPN, 8 pm ET; OSU -20½, 50½, 5Dimes), Baker Mayfield (8/1 to win Heisman Trophy, Bovada) and No.  7 Oklahoma (7-6 ATS) open up their season next Saturday with a non-conference meeting with UTEP (FOX, 12:30 pm ET; OK -44½, 62½, BookMaker) from OU Memorial Stadium in Norman while Sam Darnold (+400 to win Heisman Award, Bovada) and #4 USC (8-5 ATS) will welcome Western Michigan to LA Memorial Coliseum later in the day for the Trojans' opener in Los Angeles (PACN, 5:15 pm ET; USC -27½, 58½, JustBet).

 

ACC Champion Odds (Aug. 22, 5Dimes)

Florida State Seminoles +118

Clemson Tigers +410

Louisville Cardinals +715

Miami (Fla) Hurricanes +815

Virginia Tech Hokies +975

North Carolina State Wolfpack +3300

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +4000

North Carolina Tar Heels +5000

Pittsburgh Panthers +5000

Duke Blue Devils +10000

Boston College Eagles +20000

Syracuse Orange +20000

Virginia Cavaliers +20000

Wake Forest Demon Deacons +20000

*-Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte

 

Big Ten Champion Odds

Ohio State Buckeyes +128

Wisconsin Badgers +470

Penn State Nittany Lions +500

Michigan Wolverines +565

Northwestern Wildcats +2200

Iowa Hawkeyes +3050

Nebraska Cornhuskers +3100

Minnesota Golden Gophers +3300

Michigan State Spartans +4000

Indiana Hoosiers +8000

Illinois Fighting Illini +15000

Maryland Terrapins +15000

Purdue Boilermakers +20000

Rutgers Scarlet Knight +25000

*-Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

 

Big 12 Champion Odds

Oklahoma +102

Oklahoma State +450

Texas +500

Kansas State +1025

TCU +1025

West Virginia +1650

Baylor +3800

Texas Tech +10500

Iowa State +12500

Kansas +50000

*-Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

 

Pac-12 Champion Odds

USC Trojans +112

Washington Huskies +305

Stanford Cardinal +1000

UCLA Bruins +1020

Oregon Ducks +1650

Washington State Cougars +1650

Colorado Buffaloes +4000

Utah Utes +4000

Arizona State Sun Devils +5500

Arizona Wildcats +11000

Oregon State Beavers +11000

California Golden Bears +50000

*-Championship Game Friday, Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

 

SEC Champion Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide -153

Auburn Tigers +685

LSU Tigers +800

Florida Gators +1000

Georgia Bulldogs +1000

Tennessee Volunteers +2500

Texas A&M Aggies +5500

Arkansas Razorbacks +7500

Kentucky Wildcats +12000

Mississippi State Bulldogs +12000

South Carolina Gamecocks +13000

Missouri Tigers +25000

Vanderbilt Commodores +25000

*-Championship Game Saturday, Dec. 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta 

 

Getting to Conference Championship Game First Step

Trying to find perceived value and a hopeful winner from the Power 5 Conferences in the FBS can be difficult with high-profile teams like #1 Alabama (-153 to win SEC, 5Dimes), #2 Ohio State (+128, to win Big Ten, 5Dimes), #3 Florida State (+118 to win ACC, 5Dimes), #4 USC (+112 to win Pac-12, 5Dimes) and #7 Oklahoma (+102 to win Big 12, 5Dimes) all in near-Even Money spots to win their respective conferences. This may be asking too much for a couple of these schools and all five should be tested and definitely won’t have easy rides to their Conference championship games, even Jalen Hurts (+1600 to win Heisman Award, Bovada) and top-ranked Alabama (10-4 ATS). And this means a couple of key Conference games will likely end up determining the fate of all of the teams and their routes to their Conference championship games, something the NCAA Football FBS powerhouse teams have groomed themselves for.



Even with a potential opening loss to Bo Scarbrough (+1400 to win Heisman Award, Bovada) and Alabama, DB Derwin James (below), Deondre Francois (+1800 to win Heisman Award, Bovada) and Florida State (8-4 ATS) can still possibly get to the CFP Playoffs by winning the ACC, meaning the Seminoles’ Saturday, Nov. 11 showdown at Clemson Memorial Stadium could put a dent in their chances should anything else go wrong between the Alabama game and the huge ACC meeting “Between the Hedges” with the Tigers (1-3 ATS L4 vs. Florida State). And that stretch includes Home dates with #18 Miami on Sept. 16 (ABC, 8 pm ET; FSU -10, 2017 Games of the Year, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and #16 Louisville on Oct. 21 (ABC, 8 pm ET; FSU -8½, 2107 Games of the Year, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook). Last year, Clemson won 37-35 at Tallahassee (CLEM -5), but last year, the talented Tigers had QB Deshaun Watson (Texans), WR Mike Williams (Chargers), RB Wayne Gallman (Giants) and DL Carlos Watkins (Texans), among others, all on their loaded Roster.

Although #4 USC and #8 Washington don’t meet in the Regular Season in Pac-12 Conference play this season, the two West Coast gridiron giants could very well meet in the 2017 Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium, meaning that there could be some late Fall value in backing Jake Browning (+1800 to win Heisman Trophy, Bovada) and Washington now at the current +305 odds with a win in that game potentially being the only way for either of the two to make it to the 4-team 2017/18 CFP Playoffs, this year the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl scheduled to be held on Jan. 1, 2018. The Trends show Chris Petersen (21-17 ATS) and Wazoo are 4-2 ATS L6 against USC but the Trojans really slowed the Huskies roll last season, winning 26-13 in Seattle as 8½-point underdogs.

2017 FBS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS PICKS: Clemson +410 to win ACC, Penn State +500 to win Big Ten, Washington +305 to win Pac-12 (5Dimes)

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