While Alabama and Georgia have separated from the pack in the college football national championship odds at BetMGM, the volume of early-season upsets has caused plenty of odds movement elsewhere.
Alabama and Georgia, the teams currently topping the AP poll, are listed at +175 and +255, respectively. Next in line is No. 3 Oregon at +1200. The Ducks are 4-0 and have one of the biggest wins of the season, a 35-28 road upset over Ohio State.
Despite the loss, Ohio State hasn’t fallen too far behind the rest. Now ranked No. 11 with a 3-1 record, the Buckeyes are now listed at +1400 ahead of six undefeated teams: Oklahoma (+1600), Penn State (+2500), Notre Dame (+3000), Cincinnati (+4000), Ole Miss (+4000) and Iowa (+5000).
Oklahoma opened the year at +800 but has been struggling on offense. Penn State has two strong early wins over Wisconsin and Auburn. Notre Dame, up from +5000 last week, hasn’t exactly impressed, but is 4-0 heading into this weekend’s game against Cincinnati.
Speaking of Cincinnati, the Bearcats are now listed at +4000 after being +10000 last week. The Bearcats are coming off a bye week, but have a big chance for a CFP résumé boost with their much-anticipated trip to South Bend.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, gets to go on the road to square off with mighty Alabama. If the Rebels win in Tuscaloosa, we will see a massive jump both in the team’s ranking and national title odds. Ole Miss opened the year at +10000 to win it all.
Iowa also opened the year at +10000 and continues to win behind its stellar defense. The Hawkeyes, now listed at +5000, have a big test on Friday night with a trip to play undefeated Maryland.
What about Arkansas?
Arkansas has been one of the biggest surprises of the season so far. Now ranked No. 8, the Razorbacks upset Texas A&M on Saturday to improve to 4-0. Arkansas now has impressive wins over both A&M and Texas and is up to +6600 in the national title odds.
Why aren’t the Hogs further up the odds list? Well, Arkansas’ schedule is about to get even more difficult. The Razorbacks have back-to-back road games against No. 2 Georgia and No. 12 Ole Miss in the next two weeks. There are also still games against No. 22 Auburn, LSU and No. 1 Alabama on the schedule.
Arkansas opened the season with +10000 national championship odds.
Clemson, Texas A&M odds plummet
Clemson opened the year just behind Alabama among the national title favorites. The Crimson Tide opened at +300. Clemson was next at +350.
Four games and two losses later, the Tigers are all the way down at +8000.
Clemson lost 10-3 to Georgia in Week 1, but was still listed among the national title favorites as recently as last week (Clemson was +1000 last Monday). Since then, the offense has continued to struggle. Clemson needed a late defensive stop to beat Georgia Tech, 14-8. Over the weekend, Clemson lost on the road to NC State.
Clemson wasn’t the only team that saw a big drop in its national title odds. After the loss to Arkansas, Texas A&M fell from +3000 to +8000.
Updated national title odds via BetMGM
Alabama: +175 (no change)
Georgia: +225 (was +350 last week)
Oregon: +1200 (was +1800)
Ohio State: +1400 (was +1500)
Oklahoma: +1600 (was +1200)
Penn State: +2500 (was +3000)
Notre Dame: +3000 (was +5000)
Ole Miss: +4000 (was +6600)
Cincinnati: +4000 (was +10000)
Iowa: +5000 (no change)
Florida: +6600 (no change)
Arkansas: +6600 (was +10000)
Michigan: +6600 (no change)
Clemson: +8000 (Was +1000)
Texas A&M: +8000 (was +3000)
Texas: +8000 (was +6600)
Michigan State: +8000 (was +15000)