When No. 5 Georgia and No. 3 Clemson faced off in Week 1, the national ramifications, no matter the result, were going to be significant. The two teams have high hopes to make the College Football Playoff. An early loss makes the path to the playoff that much harder.
And when Georgia defeated Clemson 10-3, it caused a shift in the college football betting odds to win the national title.
Entering week one, Clemson had the second-best CFP champion odds at +450, behind Alabama with +260 odds. After the loss, the Tigers dropped to the fourth-best odds (+600).
Georgia’s win moved the Bulldogs from the fifth-best odds (+600) to the second-best (+450).
Other notable line movement after the opening weekend is Penn State going from +8000 odds to win the national championship to +4000. The No. 19 Nittany Lions took down No. 12 Wisconsin 16-10.
No. 21 Texas went from +10000 to +6600 after hammering No. 23 Louisiana 38-18.
And how about UCLA? The Bruins defeated No. 16 LSU 38-27, moving their odds to win the CFP title from +20000 to +8000.
But don’t get it twisted with all of the line movement. The top dogs are still the top dogs. Alabama is sitting above the rest with +250 odds.
The betting public loves the Crimson Tide’s chances. Alabama has the highest ticket percentage at BetMGM at 22.3 percent and the highest handle percentage at 28 percent.
Oklahoma has 11.6 percent of the tickets and 13.4 percent of the handle, while Georgia has 8.5 percent of the tickets and 13.9 percent of the handle.
Here are the current odds to win the national championship, along with what the opening odds were.
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