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What are Georgia's and Tech's national title odds? Glad you asked


Early odds to win the 2016-17 college football national championship are out. Do you want to know now how one major oddsmaker sees it playing out or would you rather be surprised.

(I know you would keep reading.)

Bovada released its first set of futures odds for 49 schools, most from "Power 5" conferences. I've listed all 49 below, but here are the significant ones:

• Alabama (surprise!) is an early favorite at 7-1 to win what would be its fifth national title in eight years. This no doubt will bother coach Nick Saban, who's probably already fretting about keeping his team focused after Monday's championship win over Clemson.

• Clemson has the second-lowest odds by a wide margin at 15-2. (These odds are pretty close to Alabama's when you consider the Crimson Tide's odds equate to 14-2. I was good in math.)

• The next closest odds belong to Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State at 12-1.

• LSU is the second-highest SEC team listed at 14-1. Florida State is the second-highest ACC team at 16-1.

• Georgia's opening title odds in the first season under Kirby Smart: 33-1.

• Georgia Tech's odds: Way down at the end of the pack at 100-1.

• Miami's odds in the first season under former Georgia coach Mark Richt: 66-1. So according to this, Smart's title chances are twice as good as Richt's.

• The only non-Power 5 schools listed are independent Notre Dame (14-1) and Houston (33-1) of the American Athletic Conference.

This is obviously ridiculously early to get a feel for next season but that hasn't stopped anybody from putting out early rankings before -- or wagering. Overall, they seem about right to me.

Here's the complete list of Bovada's odds:

  • Alabama*                      7/1
  • Clemson**                    15/2
  • Baylor                           12/1
  • Michigan                      12/1
  • Ohio State                   12/1
  • LSU*                            14/1
  • Notre Dame                14/1
  • Oklahoma                   14/1
  • Stanford                     14/1
  • Florida State**          16/1
  • Mississippi*               22/1
  • Oregon                       22/1
  • Tennessee*                22/1
  • Florida*                     33/1
  • Georgia*                   33/1
  • Houston                    33/1
  • Iowa                          33/1
  • Michigan State        33/1
  • TCU                          33/1
  • USC                          33/1
  • UCLA                       40/1
  • Wisconsin               50/1
  • Arkansas*              50/1
  • Auburn*                 50/1
  • Louisville**            50/1
  • Nebraska                50/1
  • North Carolina**   50/1
  • Oklahoma State     50/1
  • Texas A&M*          50/1
  • Miami**                  66/1
  • South Carolina*      66/1
  • Washington            66/1
  • Utah                         66/1
  • Washington State  66/1
  • Texas                       75/1
  • Virginia Tech**      75/1
  • West Virginia         75/1
  • Arizona                   100/1
  • Arizona State         100/1
  • BYU                        100/1
  • Boise State             100/1
  • California               100/1
  • Georgia Tech**      100/1
  • Maryland                100/1
  • Mississippi State*  100/1
  • Missouri*                 100/1
  • NC State                  100/1
  • Northwestern          100/1
  • Penn State               100/1

(*SEC team. No odds listed for Vanderbilt or Kentucky)

(**ACC team. No odds listed for Syracuse, Wake Forest, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Duke, Virginia)

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Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours.