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- The Alabama Crimson Tide are favorites to repeat as national champions next season according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
- Coming in just behind the Tide are a group of perennial college football powerhouses, including Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State.
- There are also a few entertaining longshots available to bettors, including the UCLA Bruins at 100/1.
The Alabama Crimson Tide may be just one day into their reign as college football national champions, but they’re already the favorite to win it again next year according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
According to ESPN’s David Purdum, Alabama is currently listed as a 3/1 favorite to repeat as champions next season at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, leading the field of college football hopefuls. This season’s runners-up, the Georgia Bulldogs, are fittingly set with the second best odds of the pack, listed at 9/2.
Coming up close behind them are Clemson at 6/1, and then a run of Big Ten teams including Ohio State (8/1), Michigan (10/1), and Penn State (12/1).
It makes sense that Alabama would be listed as favorites to repeat, as they have a young core of players from this year’s title winning team that will be returning. Additionally, they’re consistently one of the most bet on teams in Vegas when it comes to future bets, so listing them as favorites helps protect oddsmakers’ liability on the team should Nick Saban be able to once again return the Crimson Tide to the promised land in their next campaign.
The initial odds also list a few fun bets for gamblers who like a longshot – you can bet on Chip Kelly to take the UCLA Bruins all the way to a national title at 100/1, and if you believe that Scott Frost, who just helped the UCF Knights to a “national championship” of their own, can recreate the magic in his debut season with Nebraska, you can get them at a lofty 200/1.
Whoever you like to win the title game, better get your bets in sooner rather than later – only 363 days until next year’s national championship.