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Every August brings a new wave of hope for each college football team’s fan base. 

However, some teams just have better odds of ending the season with a National Championship – and making you money.

Here, we’ll go through several teams that could be smart bets to take should you make your way to Las Vegas before the season kicks off.

All odds in this post are from Westgate Las Vegas Superbook and are updated as on July 26, 2017.

The favorites

This is where this season’s champion is most likely to come from. Of course, that means less opportunity for a big payout, but winning is winning.

Alabama, 5/2: Nick Saban’s squad has an extremely good chance to end up back in the playoff, you can’t go wrong putting your faith (and money) here.

Ohio State, 3/1: After losing in the playoff last year to Clemson, the Buckeyes bring back an even more experienced group that will surely be in the title picture again.

USC, 7/1: Led by quarterback Sam Darnold, USC is coming off an exciting victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans are the team to beat in the Pac-12. 

Florida State, 8/1: FSU opens up the year with a battle against Alabama, which could set the Seminoles up to be the No. 1 team in the country should they win. Expectations are high in Tallahassee. 

Oklahoma, 15/1: Armed with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, the Sooners can make a big statement in Lincoln Riley’s first year as head coach. Teams with star quarterbacks are always in the mix.

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The sleepers

These teams aren’t the most likely to reach the title game or even get mentioned among the championship contenders, but the price could be right.

In order to be considered a sleeper, teams needed odds of 40/1 or worse.

Oklahoma State, 40/1: Coming back down to Earth, Oklahoma State returns quarterback Mason Rudolph who has the ability to lead the Cowboys to the playoff. The team went 10-3 last year, including a fluky loss to Central Michigan, but the Cowboys had road losses to Baylor and Oklahoma. Maybe this could be the year the luck slides the other way.

Stanford, 60/1: Coming off a 10-3 season that included a six-game winning streak to close the year, the Cardinal certainly will be in the thick of the Pac-12 race. The big question will be if they can replace Christian McCaffrey.

Tennessee, 80/1: The Volunteers finished 9-4 last year, but play in the weak SEC East, meaning they will have a chance to reach the SEC title game if they beat Florida. Then all it will take is an upset (likely of Alabama) and the Volunteers could make some noise.

West Virginia, 100/1: Another team that finished 10-3 last year, West Virginia could find itself in the playoff if it runs the table, which is possible with a weak schedule. Virginia Tech will be a difficult season opener, but the Mountaineers can cruise until the last two weeks when they play Texas and Oklahoma back-to-back.

Minnesota, 300/1: This is the deepest sleeper on the list, but the Gophers could have the best shot in the Big Ten West to upset Wisconsin and reach the conference championship game, and then in turn upset the East division champion to reach the playoff. Of course the only way Minnesota reaches the playoff is by beating Michigan at the Big House and topping the Badgers, so again, slim chances. But if you’re looking to pick a team off the radar, P.J. Fleck’s new team might be it.


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