The 2016-17 college football season may be almost seven months away, but Bovada has already changed their odds for the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship. On Monday, their newest odds revealed that Ohio State is the favorite to win it all, jumping Alabama and Clemson. On January 13, the Buckeyes (12-to-1 odds) were tied for third amongst the favorites, behind the Crimson Tide (7-to-1) and Tigers (15-to-2), but following National Signing Day, the newest odds give Ohio State (6-to-1) the most likely chances to win the championship in 2017, while Alabama (7-to-1) and Clemson (15-to-2) are not too far behind.
With nine players forgoing their senior seasons and entering the NFL Draft and 14 players invited to the NFL Combine, which is the most in the country, head coach Urban Meyer will have to reload — not rebuild — in order to fulfill his team’s national title odds. But, even with so much talent gone, the young Bucks are still (somehow) ahead of both teams who were in the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship: Alabama and Clemson.
In their biggest non-conference game in recent years, the scarlet and gray will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in Week 4 of the 2016-17 season. Oklahoma (14-to-1) currently has the fifth-best odds to win the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship and return Heisman contender Baker Mayfield at quarterback, among others. Led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, who holds the fourth-best odds to win the 2016 Heisman, the Buckeyes offense will have plenty of questions leading into the season. With all those questions, however, they have plenty of young talent as well.
For what it’s worth, Michigan is tied for the third-best odds (with Clemson) at 15-to-2. On January 13, they had 12-to-1 odds, so the Wolverines’ odds have decreased since National Signing Day. Outside of Ohio State and That Team Up North, no other Big Ten team is in the top-10: Michigan State is 13th (25-to-1), Iowa is 25th (66-to-1), Nebraska is 31st (75-to-1), and Northwestern and Maryland are tied for 39th, with 200-to-1 odds. Former Ohio State offensive coordinator and current Houston head coach Tom Herman’s Cougars odds decreased from 33-to-1 on January 13 to 66-to-1 on Monday.