Decent Odds, But Not Worth It
Oh yes, you’ll be tempted. Other than Notre Dame, these teams can absolutely win their respective Power Five conference championships. However, taking that next step to win a College Football Playoff game is going to be tough, much less two of them.
The defending Pac-12 champ will be really, really, really good again. However, even with another amazing defense – and a possible upgrade at quarterback if Georgia transfer Jacob Eason is ready to rock – but the conference is better, too. The schedule, though, is good enough to win another conference title and get to the CFP. But under Chris Petersen, the program has yet to win a really, really, really big non-conference game.
Notre Dame 25/1
50/1? Okay, maybe on a flier, but 25/1 isn’t worth the trouble considering the schedule is a whole lot tougher. At Georgia, at Michigan, at Stanford – the Irish aren’t running the table again.
Get ready for the Longhorns to be really, really trendy. Can they beat LSU in early-September, and beat Oklahoma, at win at TCU and West Virginia, and win at Baylor, and beat – most likely – Oklahoma again in the Big 12 Championship? And after that, win two games in the CFP? At 20/1, there’s not enough juice there.
If Jim Harbaugh finally pulls it off, you tip your cap and move on. However, you’ve seen how this team has folded over the last few years in key spots, and now it has to go on the road to face Wisconsin and Penn State. It also has home games against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State.