The Ohio State Buckeyes have the College Football Playoff championship trophy and are the favorites to get another, but the Florida State Seminoles are building a buzz on the betting lines. Florida State has risen rapidly at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in the odds to win the national title game heading into the summer.
The Buckeyes topped the Oregon Ducks in last season’s championship game in January, and the oddsmakers have seen no reason why Ohio State can't repeat with another title in 2015. It opened as the favorite to win this year’s national championship and remains atop those betting futures at 7/2 odds.
The Seminoles, meanwhile, lost to the Ducks in last year's Rose Bowl and then lost starting quarterback Jameis Winston to the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Winston and other key contributors’ departures seemed to knock Florida State out of contention on the odds to win this year’s national title, as it sat well back at 33/1 on the futures list early in the spring.
However, things changed dramatically for the Seminoles on the betting lines in May when former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson chose Florida State as his transfer destination. Suddenly reloaded at the most important position, the Seminoles have moved up to fifth on the championship odds at 14/1.
The Alabama Crimson Tide fell short of a berth in last year's championship game, losing to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. Still, the Crimson Tide sit second behind the Buckeyes at 7/1 on the title odds for this season.
The other two teams in the top tier of the college football futures are the TCU Horned Frogs and the Auburn Tigers. TCU is at 10/1 odds to win the national title while Auburn is at 12/1 odds. The USC Trojans sit behind Florida State at 18/1, followed by Baylor and Notre Dame, both at 20/1, and Clemson joining Oregon at 22/1.
Some of the longer, but still possible, shots on the current futures list are Georgia, LSU, Michigan State and Oklahoma at 25/1; Stanford, Texas A&M and UCLA at 33/1; and Arkansas, Michigan, and Ole Miss at 40/1. Tennessee comes in at 50/1 on the odds list.
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., will host this year’s championship game of the College Football Playoff on Jan. 11. The two semifinals will be played at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve.