2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks

Before I begin, all odds are from 5Dimes as of June 28th.

As to be expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorites to win the College Football National Championship. Alabama is a ridiculously low +310.  In my opinion, at those odds, Bama is NOT worth a look. There are too many things that can happen to end any team’s march to a National Championship.

If you are looking for a few other options to bet on to win the 2017-18 College Football National Championship, I suggest the following:

2017-18 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks For The Top 5 Schools

Schools                                   Current Odds As Of June 28th

Alabama (Crimison Tide)     +312

USC (Trojans)  (my pick)     +825

Florida State (Seminoles)     +850

Ohio State (Buckeyes)           +875

Oklahoma (Sooners)               +1300

The Sharp Pick To Win: USC Trojans +825

USC’s got a lot going for it this season.  QB Sam Darnold returns.  Plus, the offensive line has 2 seniors in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler.  The defensive line should be one of the best, if NOT the best, in the nation, in my opinion.

But, the real reason to love USC is the Trojans’ schedule.  Western Michigan, Texas, and Notre Dame are the only teams USC plays outside the Pac.  They should destroy all 3 of those teams, in my opinion.  Western Michigan is a MAC team.  Texas is going through yet another rebuild.  Notre Dame is so highly-regarded this season that they are 80 to 1 to win the National Championship.

When it comes to the Pac-12, USC is by far the best team.  Neither an Arizona or an Oregon school should challenge USC.  Utah is always tough.  But, USC is better.  Washington and Stanford are also always tough.  Both lost too much to challenge USC.

There is a great chance the Trojans go undefeated this season, in my opinion.

The Public Pick To Win: Oklahoma Sooners +1300

So, Bob Stoops steps down as head coach and Oklahoma’s odds to win the college football national championship go up to 13 to 1 from 8 to 1?  That is a head scratcher.  The problem with many of these veteran coaches is that they do NOT change with the times.

New head coach Lincoln Riley is only 33-years-old.  He knows how to win on today’s gridiron.  Riley’s already proven to be a terrific recruiter.  Oklahoma’s landed two fantastic wide receivers for 2018.

I think Riley’s going to have Oklahoma under the radar.  Also, like USC in the Pac 12, which team truly challenges the Sooners for the Big 12 Championship?

The Longshot Pick To Win: Virginia Tech Hokies +8500

Justin Fuente is as good of a college football coach as any you are going to find.  In his first season at the helm in Blacksburg, Fuente led the Hokies to a 10-4 record and an ACC Coastal Division title.
The Hokies could be much better than that this season.  Virginia Tech’s defense should be one of the best in the country.  The offense might take some time to gel since Fuente must replace his starting QB, and many skill position players.

But, if Fuente can do that, and if the offense gels by mid-season, VA Tech could sneak into the CFP.