The first ever College Football Playoff had its opening games on January 1 with the Oregon Ducks routing the Florida State Seminoles, and the Ohio State Buckeyes outscoring the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The final for the national championship will be played on January 12 and Oregon has opened on Bovada and topbet as a 7-point favorite.
After the spread was posted, the Ducks were quickly bet up on betonline and sportsbook.com to -7.5 points and it looks to go even higher.
The moneyline has Oregon at -290 and Ohio State at +245, while the over/under point total opened with 70.5, but was bet up quickly to 73.5.
Oregon reached the national championship game with is rout of 59-20 over FSU on Thursday in the Rose Bowl.
Oregon, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, is 9-0 ATS in its past 9 games overall.
This will be the third consecutive game that Ohio State has been an underdog. The Buckeyes were an underdog against Wisconsin for the Big 10 championship and to Alabama in Thursday’s Sugar Bowl.
Ohio State routed the Badgers and upset Alabama 42-35 behind Cardale Jones its third string quarterback.
Urban Meyer the Ohio State head coach was startled when he heard that Oregon had won by 39 points. He quickly left the news conference in jest after hearing of Oregon’s routs saying they need to get going to prepare for the Ducks.
Both Ohio State and Oregon were amongst the favorites during the preseason to win the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Oregon lost to Arizona October 2, but won 9 straight to reach this point, for the second time in the past 4 seasons.
Oregon was beaten by Auburn 22-19 in the 2011 National Championship game.
Ohio State lost to the Virginia Tech Hokies at home on September 6 as underdogs by 10 points. The loss was just one of numerous roadblocks Meyer’s team was able to overcome to make it to the championship game.
This past August, Braxton Miller the starting quarterback was lost for the entire season with an injury to his shoulder.
The odds on many futures boards dropped for Ohio State to 50 to 1 after Miller was hurt.
Money continued flowing in on Ohio State. In fact, more bets at season’s end had been placed on the Buckeyes winning the national championship that with any other team.
Even though Florida State ended its season 13-1 SU the Seminoles were just 3-11 ATS. Alabama was just 4-9-1 ATS this past season.
The line will move up and down for the next 10 days until kickoff of the national championship game. Early betting however shows great support for the Oregon Ducks.