There has been some early line movement since DraftKings first released its college football conference odds three weeks ago.
The favorite has taken some small steam in four of the five Power Five conferences, with Clemson being the only team to hold steady at its original price. However, the Tigers are also the heaviest favorites to win their respective conference, opening and remaining at -835 to win another ACC title.
Alabama enters the season as the +260 ‘chalk’ to win the College Football Playoff, so it is not surprising to see bettors take aim at their conference odds. The Crimson Tide opened at +100, but they have moved to -125 to win the SEC. Their SEC West odds have been adjusted from -200 to -230.
Georgia is the only other team inside of 8/1 to win the conference. The Bulldogs opened at +250 and have not moved off that price point. They are heavy -250 favorites to win the SEC East, leading Florida (3/1) and Missouri (5/1).
Texas A&M is 8/1 to win the conference and has the second-shortest odds (4/1) to win the SEC West. LSU (+550) and Auburn (8/1) will both be hoping to contend as well.
In a similar line move, Ohio State has seen some early betting action since opening at -110 to win the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have been moved to -125, which puts them ahead of Michigan (7/1) and Penn State (7/1). They are -250 favorites to win the Big Ten East.
Wisconsin will be hoping to come out of the Big Ten West, where it is the +150 ‘chalk.’ Iowa is +200, while Minnesota and Nebraska are both +650. Northwestern, the reigning division champion, is listed at +700.
The Big 12 has not seen quite as much line movement over the last three weeks. Preseason favorite Oklahoma has gone from -125 to -134, while Iowa State (+250) has not seen its price move.
Texas has been bumped down from +350 to +400 and Oklahoma State has dipped from 7/1 to 10/1. Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler is the +400 ‘chalk’ to win this season’s Heisman Trophy.
The Pac-12 is expected to have the tightest race for the title this season. Oregon opened as the +225 ‘chalk,’ but bettors have disagreed with that number. The Ducks have fallen to +275, while Washington has jumped from +450 to become a +275 co-favorite. USC (+400) and Arizona State (+450) are also in the mix.
Oregon and Washington are also co-favorites (+110) in the Pac-12 North. USC is the +125 ‘chalk’ in the South, but Arizona State is right there at +175.