A preseason prop bet of Clemson or Alabama to win the national title at -170 over the entire field is looking less and less like a misprint as the college football season heads into Week 4. It's evident that those two - who have combined to win the last four championships and six of the last eight - are in a class of their own. But that's not to say there hasn't been drama elsewhere.
Oklahoma hasn't dropped off. Ohio State's trending up and Michigan's trending down. LSU and Georgia could both make the playoff out of the SEC and no one would bat an eye. Some title hopefuls are just looking for bowl eligibility after early-season losses.
As we enter the one-quarter mark of the 2019 college football season, here's where the title odds stand at theScore Bet.
LSU has climbed to 10-1 after opening 50-1. The Tigers added to their portfolio with a big road win at Texas in Week 2. Quarterback Joe Burrow, who has more touchdowns than incomplete passes, is also firmly entrenched in the Heisman mix.
Nebraska's back to 100-1 after opening 25-1. There were reasons to believe the Cornhuskers could make a leap in Year 2 under head coach Scott Frost, namely, the narrow losses in 2018 and a dual-threat talent at quarterback with Adrian Martinez. But already with a loss heading into Big Ten play, Nebraska's going to need a miracle.
UCF has crept up to 75-1 after opening 500-1. The Knights are coming off a convincing win over Stanford and have a chance to pad the resume this weekend at Pitt.
Hello, Iowa. After opening 100-1, the Hawkeyes sit behind only Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten odds. It's not the best team Kirk Ferentz has fielded, but the Hawkeyes just picked up a crucial win over in-state foe Iowa State in Week 3. However, Iowa still has to travel to Michigan and Wisconsin.
Penn State's another mover in the Big Ten, from the 100-1 opener to 60-1. It could be a good time to sell, as the Nittany Lions still have to travel to Iowa, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
Oklahoma State hasn't skipped a beat with freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders leading the show. Originally a 200-1 long shot, the Cowboys face their first test of the season this weekend at Texas.
Arizona State's now in the mix after opening 300-1. The Sun Devils bagged a huge win against Michigan State in Week 3, their second in as many years. If the Pac-12 gets weird, watch out for Herm Edwards and Co.
It's been business as usual for bettors, who are still hammering the front-runners as well as one mid-major hopeful.
"We have seen the usual suspects drawing action in the likes of Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and Georgia," Jay Rood, Bet.Works' chief risk officer and theScore Bet's head trader said Tuesday. "However, we have seen some support for UCF at 150-1 and Iowa at 30-1. Maryland at 250-1 grabbed a little action prior to last week."
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AlexKoIodziej.