Ohio State Still Among Oddsmakers' Favorites to Win National Championship

By Dan Hope on September 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm
All of these trophies remain within the Buckeyes' grasp.

Ohio State is still ranked among the favorites to win this year's College Football Playoff national championship, according to Vegas oddsmakers, despite its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Buckeyes currently have 9/1 odds to win this year's title, putting them fourth behind only Alabama (7/4), USC (6/1) and Oklahoma (7/1), according to Bovada. Penn State, Michigan and Clemson are tied for fifth with 14/1 odds.

The lines have moved slightly in favor of Oklahoma and away from Ohio State since earlier this afternoon, when both teams had 8/1 odds. Ohio State ranked second, with 6/1 odds, as of last week. 

J.T. Barrett's odds of winning the Heisman Trophy, meanwhile, have dropped from 14/1 to 25/1, according to Bovada. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson leads all Heisman candidates with 7/4 odds, but Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has climbed to second with 4/1 odds.

Ohio State didn't look like a national championship contender on Saturday, but the Buckeyes' odds are bolstered by their history and reputation. Ohio State's most recent national championship in 2014 also came after the Buckeyes lost their second game of the season to a non-conference opponent at home.

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