The selection committee for the inaugural College Football Playoff released its next to last rankings of the season on Tuesday. At the top Alabama and Oregon remained No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. However, the TCU Horned Frogs not only entered the top four, but also leapfrogged the Florida State Seminoles to No. 3, pushing the Seminoles back to No. 4.
Odds makers according to Bovada and betonline also shorten the odds of TCU and moved the Horned Frogs in front of the Seminoles in the futures for the national championship.
At this point, no one including bettors, bookmakers or the selection committee is impressed with the way Florida State is playing.
The Seminoles might be undefeated, but continue to play Houdini by escaping with last minute or very narrow victories. The team this season lacks in style points and that has caused them be pushed down to No. 4 in the current playoff rankings.
Nevertheless, the Seminoles still are part of the top four, which is all that matters at this point.
According to topbet and sportsbook.com, Florida State is being offered at 10 to 1, which for many will be a great offer for the reigning national champions. The 10 to 1 was lengthened from last week’s 7 to 1 despite the Seminoles winning against Florida 24-19.
During the summer, FSU was the overwhelming favorite on the futures boards and even were double-digit point favorites in all their regular season games.
Some observers feel with the double-digit odds on Florida State to win the national championship that a lot of action would arrive, but that is not the case.
Many odds makers have simply said very little action is on the Seminoles.
This weekend, Florida State will play the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles are favored by just 3.5 points against a formidable opponent in Georgia Tech.
Should the Seminoles prevail it likely will be their last game as a favorite, as odds maker would give them the underdog role if they stay in the top 4.
If the top 4 stayed the way it is after next week, then Florida State would face Alabama and is assured to be a double-digit dog.
Current Odds for College Football National Champions
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE 5 to 4
OREGON DUCKS 5 to 2
TCU HORNED FROGS 4 to 1
BAYLOR BEARS 8 to 1
FLORIDA ST SEMINOLES 10 to 1
OHIO ST BUCKEYES 15 to 1
MISSOURI TIGERS 25 to 1
WISCONSIN BADGERS 30 to 1
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS 40 to 1
ARIZONA WILDCATS 40 to 1
KANSAS ST WILDCATS 40 to 1
MISSISSIPPI ST BULLDOGS 100 to 1