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Breaking down national title odds movement for the four semifinalists

Did you have the foresight to predict the national champion? Here’s a look at the national title odds movement from the beginning of the season to now.

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Bold predictions are a staple of college football preseason predictions. Were you ahead of the curve enough to predict the national champion? With four teams left, let’s dive into the odds of each College Football Playoff team from the beginning through the end of the season. All odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.

LSU Tigers

Believe it or not, LSU had by far the worst odds to win a national title among the four College Football Playoff teams entering the season at +4000 to win it all.

Over the course of the season, LSU’s number either remained the same or lowered each week as the Tigers kept winning until it jumped back up in Week 9 after a close win over Auburn. Then it went back down again.

Currently, LSU has the best chance to take home the trophy at +135, which was at +120 after the conference title games. I hope you got on them early in the season because that’s going to be a fine pay day if the Tigers can finish this off.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State opened at +2200 odds to win a championship in the first season without Urban Meyer on the sidelines. They were second-to-worst odds among the Playoff teams.

The Buckeyes saw the number stay the same or decrease until Week 13 after a win over Penn State in the closest game Ohio State played all year.

Ohio State finished conference championship weekend at +225, and now sits at +250 to win it all.

Clemson Tigers

Clemson had the best opening odds to win the national championship among the four Playoff teams at +175. This came thanks in part to an incredibly easy schedule the Tigers were able to run through unscathed.

Throughout the season, Clemson’s number remained around +175 to +200 range before jumping to +225 in Week 11.

The Tigers ended the conference championship at +200, and that’s where the number sits as we await the College Football Playoff.

Oklahoma Sooners

Among the four Playoff teams, Oklahoma was second coming into the season at +1800 to win a championship. That number jumped up and down all year as Oklahoma would look unbeatable one week to struggling against bad opponents the next week.

Following the conference championship games, the Sooners came in at +1200 odds, and they remain the longshot of the group at +1400.

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