The dust finally settled on the 2017-18 college football season last night, as the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 26-23 in overtime. A College Football Playoff National Championship gives the Tide yet another ring, though this one may have some competition from UCF...
Oddsmakers didn’t wait long to shift their focus from this past season to the next one however. Bovada released their initial odds for the 2019 championship -- a list that includes the Syracuse Orange with 250-to-1 odds. It’s not likely, but also... you could probably convince me to put down $10-20 on that, just because.
Obviously, SU was far from the favorite on the list. Defending champ Alabama gets 11:4 chances, and Clemson is 6:1. Georgia and Ohio State are next at 15:2, with most of the typical names coming in somewhere between 9:1 (Michigan) and 25:1 (LSU, Michigan State).
Among the other ACC teams, here’s how we stack up:
- Clemson (6:1)
- Miami (22:1)
- Florida State (33:1)
- Virginia Tech (33:1)
- NC State (100:1)
- Wake Forest (100:1)
- Syracuse (250:1)
- Boston College (500:1)
- Duke (500:1)
- Georgia Tech (500:1)
- North Carolina (500:1)
- Pittsburgh (500:1)
- Virginia (500:1)
Louisville (losing Lamar Jackson) did not receive odds at this time.
To see where we stacked up nationally, we received the same odds as Memphis, Minnesota (‘sup, Coyle), Purdue and Tennessee. Y’know, the same Tennessee that was very dismissive of our claims to the orange emoji based on their account of being a historic power (number of national titles since 1952? Two, which is the same as us).
So what do you think? Good odds? Bad odds? Placing a bet as we speak? It’s far from important what these early numbers say this far down the list, but still nice to see Vegas being reasonably optimistic on the Orange’s 2018 season.