The college football schedule is down to its two final weeks of regular season competition, which means teams inside the CFP Top 4 are fighting to stay above the cut while programs on the cusp of a postseason spot are out to impress in the home stretch of the season.
Here’s a look at the updated Best Online Sportsbooks Odds and if these top programs can win it all in New Orleans on January 13:
Clemson Tigers 2/1
The defending national champs took their slight in the first CFP rankings of the season to heart. After coming in fifth in the initial poll – outside of the required Top 4 spot to make the playoffs – Clemson has taken that frustration out on its opponents: thumping North Carolina State 55-10 and roughing up Georgia Tech 52-3 this past weekend.
The Tigers are 11-0 with one non-conference game against rival South Carolina before the ACC title game, in which Clemson will likely face Virginia out of the ACC Coastal. A victory in the conference championship is pretty much assured and the Tigers will be among the Final Four fighting for a ticket to the Big Easy this New Year.
Ohio State Buckeyes 2/1
Ohio State is a co-favorite to win the national title, boasting a 10-0 record with two games remaining on the schedule. The Buckeyes may have taken a step backwards with a 56-21 win over Rutgers in Week 12 – a game in which OSU failed to cover as a 52-point favorite. However, the Buckeyes are one of the most balanced teams vying for the CFP: ranked No. 1 in defense and No. 4 in offense.
Ohio State isn’t a clear favorite to make the Final Four. It has its two most challenging games remaining, hosting Penn State this coming weekend and going to Michigan for its annual rivalry game with the Wolverines. Both of those Big Ten foes would love to spoil the Buckeyes’ championship aspirations.
LSU Tigers 5/1
The Tigers staked their claim as the SEC’s top team with a win over Alabama two weeks ago, and cruised to an easy win over Ole Miss this past Saturday. Louisiana State owns the second-ranked offense in the country, behind Heisman front runner Joe Burrow. The Tigers are scoring almost 48 points per game – which is incredible when playing in the conference as stout as the SEC.
The fact that No. 1-ranked LSU plays in such a challenging conference is the reason they’re not sitting among the 2/1 favorites in the national championship futures odds. The Tigers have home games with Arkansas and Texas A&M still on the schedule and a likely clash with a one-loss Georgia team in the SEC title game.
Georgia Bulldogs 9/1
And speaking of UGA: the Bulldogs pull themselves into the Top 4 on the CFP odds board after a close win over Auburn this past weekend. Georgia withstood a late push from the Tigers to take a 21-14 win – their fourth straight win since an upset overtime loss to South Carolina in October.
The Bulldogs have a dominant defenses, ranked sixth in yards against, and have held opponents to a grand total of 31 points over those last four games – including two shutout efforts. Georgia welcomes Texas A&M this week and wraps the regular season with a visit to state rival Georgia Tech before a projected date with LSU in the SEC Championship Game.