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Bovada: Ohio State maintains third best National Championship odds

Good news, though: The Buckeyes’ odds improved since last week.

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Going into another primetime showdown, the Ohio State Buckeyes have the third best odds to win the national championship, according to Bovada. The online sportsbook has the Scarlet and Gray sitting at 15-to-2 odds to win the College Football Playoff National Championship. Throughout the week, those odds have stayed the same.

The same can’t be said for the team with the best odds, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Entering Monday, Nick Saban’s squad had 5-to-4 odds to win the title, however, as of Thursday evening, those odds went longer to 6-to-5. While the runner-ups to the title last season saw their odds get a tad longer, they’ve been hovering around the same area code. (On Oct. 2, ‘Bama had 7-to-5 odds.)

Once again, the Clemson Tigers have the second best odds in the FBS, coming in with 15-to-4 for the second week.

Below are the 10 teams with the best odds to win the whole enchilada:

Odds to win CFP National Championship

Team Current Odds (10/12) Last week's Odds (10/2)
Team Current Odds (10/12) Last week's Odds (10/2)
Alabama 6/5 7/5
Clemson 15/4 15/4
Ohio State 15/2 9/1
Penn State 10/1 12/1
USC 16/1 14/1
Georgia 18/1 16/1
Washington 18/1 18/1
Wisconsin 20/1 25/1
Oklahoma 25/1 12/1
Oklahoma State 25/1 25/1

In the race for the Heisman, Saquon Barkley still leads the pack with 5-to-4 odds. Those odds are the same as they were on Oct. 2.

Someone who doesn’t have the same odds as they did on Oct. 2: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Oct. 2 odds for Mayfield, who planted the OU flag at the 50-yard line after beating OSU in Columbus, were 9-to-4. After losing at home to Iowa State (and having a flag planted at their place), Mayfield’s odds took a hit, going to 13-to-4. Even with that loss, Mayfield still holds the second best odds—but Barkley’s holds a wider margin against the field.

For Ohio State, QB J.T. Barrett and running back J.K. Dobbins are on the Heisman odds board for another week. Barrett, who threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns last week against Maryland, saw his odds go up to 28-to-1. The week prior, the all-time OSU passing leader had 33-to-1 odds of bringing home the Heisman. Inversely, Dobbin saw his odds get longer, as he moved from 50-to-1 odds to 75-to-1 odds.