After an upheaval in the first half of the college football season, there is a new lead dog in the chances of winning the national college football playoffs – Georgia.
The undefeated and top-ranked Bulldogs catapulted Alabama this week and are now the consensus favorites to win the US National Sportsbook Championship. Georgia is 7-5 at Caesars Sportsbook, followed by Alabama at 2-1. Ohio State is next with 9-1, followed by Oklahoma (14-1), Iowa (20-1), Cincinnati (25-1) and Michigan (30-1 ).
The Bulldogs also climbed to the top of the Top 25 AP after passing Auburn over the weekend. Georgia host undefeated Kentucky on Saturday. The Bulldogs started out as 22 point favorites over the Wildcats.
The Crimson Tide were the favorites since the start of the season, but fell back after being thwarted by Texas A&M as a 19-point favorite on Saturday. Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M was the second biggest upheaval in Nick Saban’s coaching career. The Crimson Tide lost to Louisiana-Monroe as 24.5-point favorites in 2007, Saban’s first season in Alabama.
The loss of Alabama was a boon to sports betting. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook said Texas A&M defeated Crimson Tide produced their biggest college football season win yet. Caesars Sportsbook vice president of trading Craig Mucklow said that A&M beat Alabama on Saturday resulted in multi-million dollar decisions in favor of the house. Among the big bets on the Crimson Tide was a three-team $ 569,738.60 parlay over Ohio State (-1,600), Cincinnati (-7,000) and Alabama (-1,000). The bet, which was the biggest college football bet this season reported by Caesars, reportedly net $ 105,656.
The Crimson Tide were the 40th ranked team to lose this season, the most ever in six weeks in AP poll history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. If the upheaval continues, a few long shots could come back into the mix. Oregon is 50-1 to claim the national title at the Caesars. Michigan State is 60-1 and Penn State is 80-1.