Alabama early Las Vegas favorite for 2017 title

Alabama is early favorite to win next season's college football national championship.
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College Football Playoff championship runner-up Alabama is an early favorite to win next season's national championship, according to odds posted by Westgate SuperBook.

Alabama, which lost 35–31 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship snapping a 26-game winning streak, is expected to be loaded again in 2017. The Crimson Tide are 3–1 favorites.

Florida State, which plays Alabama on Sept. 2 in Atlanta, is posted at 7–1. Sugar Bowl champion Oklahoma, Rose Bowl champion USC, and Ohio State are each 8–1 favorites. The Sooners and Buckeyes square off in Columbus on Sept. 9.

Clemson, which loses quarterback Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott to the NFL, are 18–1 favorites.

Michigan and LSU are each 12–1. Texas is 25–1, with Oklahoma State, Penn State and Auburn at 30–1.

Clemson takes on Auburn at home Sept. 9, Texas travels to USC on Sept. 16, and Florida plays the Wolverines Sept. 2 in Arlington, Tex.

The College Football Playoff semifinals for next season are slated for the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 and the College Football Playoff Championship is Jan. 8, 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

- Scooby Axson