Despite a mass exodus of talent to the NFL Draft, Ohio State has jumped Alabama as Las Vegas' current favorite to win the College Football Playoff next season, according to odds out Monday from Bovada.
|2016 College Football Playoff victory odds, as of Feb. 15|
|Ohio State||6/1||Michigan State||25/1|
|Florida State||20/1||Oklahoma State||50/1|
The Buckeyes are losing an enormous amount of high-end talent, probably more than any other program in the country. They're in position to have more than 20 players drafted, breaking their own record of 14 in 2004. That makes it all the more impressive that they're topping championship conversations this far ahead of next season.
The Crimson Tide were bettors' top title pick a month ago, and they're now No. 2 behind Ohio State. Clemson and Michigan round out the top four, each at 15/2, with LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee following from there at 14/1.
The Wolverines' odds have jumped quite a bit. Before National Signing Day, Bovada had Michigan at 12/1 odds, but that's gone to 15/2 after Jim Harbaugh inked an elite 2016 recruiting class.
Of all the teams with odds pegged at 50/1 or better, just one, Houston, comes from outside the Power 5 conferences.