After years of clamoring for a college football playoff, the NCAA finally relented and are giving the fans what they’ve been asking for; maybe not quite how they envisioned it, but a four-team playoff is better than none at all.
The oddsmakers at 5 Dimes were quick to let bettors get in on the playoff system, offering several different types of wagers. Not only can you bet that a certain team will win the playoffs, you can also wager against the team, which is something that many bettors have wanted to see for quite some time.
The first wager you can make is on which teams will make the four-team field. Florida State is -350 to appear in the playoffs, while you can get +250 if you wager that the Seminoles will be excluded from the field. Alabama is +135 to make the playoffs and you can lay -175 that the Crimson Tide do not make it.
Oregon is -110 to make the field and -130 to be left out, Ohio State is -105 to make it and -135 not to make the field and Oklahoma is +130 to make the playoffs and -170 to be excluded.
There is certainly some good value with taking the Ducks to make it, as Oregon will most likely start the season in the top four of the polls and have Stanford at home this season. Early money has come in against Alabama, as many bettors believe that the loss of AJ McCarron and others will be too much for the 2014 edition of the Crimson Tide to overcome.
The second wager offered is on teams winning the playoff championship game, or not winning it as the case may be, although you will have to lay some heavy odds to bet against a team.
The Seminoles are +320 to win the title game, while you can lay -390 that Florida State doesn’t win the championship. Alabama is +650 to win the game and you can lay -1000 that the Tide does not win the title game.
Oregon is +750 to win the title and -1165 not to win, while Ohio State and Oklahoma are both +1100 to take the championship and it will cost you -1700 to wager against either team winning the title.
LSU and UCLA are each +1800 to win the playoffs and -3600 not to win; while Auburn and Baylor are both +2300 to win the playoff championship game and you can lay -4600 against either team.
Getting to the playoffs is the first step and Oregon and Ohio State are both quite capable of doing so, which makes them a bit attractive to win the title at generous prices.
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