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Ohio State’s title odds make roaring comeback

An eye-opening blowout of Michigan helps the Buckeyes’ odds for the College Football Playoff

Michigan v Ohio State Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

After holding 40-to-1 odds leading into Michigan Week, the Ohio State Buckeyes have made big strides with their national title chances, according to Bovada. With a Big Ten East crown now captured, and a blowout win against the Wolverines tallied, Bovada lists OSU as a 15-to-1 favorite to win the national championship.

Those odds are the fifth best, trailing only Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia.

The Crimson Tide still have the best odds of winning the whole enchilada, resting at 5-to-13 odds. Clemson sits behind at 7-to-3, and Notre Dame is at 9-to-1. However, the Irish’s odds have gotten worse after completing an unbeaten season. Prior to toppling USC on Saturday, the ND had 7-to-1 odds.

Notre Dame’s odds may be impacted by Ohio State and Oklahoma having conference title games this weekend. Especially if OSU wins big on Saturday night, they’d have two huge victories over common opponents (Michigan and Northwestern) that faced the Irish this season.

Georgia’s odds are at 12-to-1, but they’ll face Alabama this Saturday afternoon for the marbles in the SEC Championship. The Sooners, who are behind Ohio State with 18-to-1 odds, face Texas in the Big 12 Championship. Texas narrowly defeated OU earlier this season, so expect the Sooners to seek revenge in Arlington, Texas.

With the aforementioned six teams being the only ones with odds on Bovada’s board, let’s take a look at what the lines are for some of this week’s marquee conference title games.

Conference Championship Week

Conference Title Game Teams (Line) Title Game Location
Conference Title Game Teams (Line) Title Game Location
ACC Clemson (-25.5) vs. Pittsburgh Bank of America Stadium -- Charlotte, NC
American Athletic UCF (-3.5) vs. Memphis Spectrum Stadium -- Orlando, FL
Big Ten Ohio State (-14) vs. Northwestern Lucas Oil Stadium -- Indianapolis, IN
Big 12 Oklahoma (-7.5) vs. Texas AT&T Stadium -- Arlington, TX
Pac-12 Washington (-4.5) vs. Utah Levi's Stadium -- Santa Clara, CA
SEC Alabama (-13) vs. Georgia Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- Atlanta, GA