‘Bama still favored to win CFP; Young +120 Heisman ‘chalk’

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has completed 73.0 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with a 17/2 TD-INT ratio.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia continue to separate themselves from the pack at the top of the college football betting market.

The Crimson Tide are now the +150 favorites to win the title, according to DraftKings. They jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half of their 42-21 win over No. 12 Ole Miss on Saturday, as Nick Saban improved to 24-0 against his former assistants.

Running back Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for a career-high 171 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Bryce Young threw for two touchdowns. The game featured the top two favorites in the Heisman Trophy betting market.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral entered the week as a +175 co-favorite with Young, but his 213 passing yards against Alabama hurt his case for college football’s most coveted individual award. Young is now the +120 ‘chalk’ to win the Heisman, while Corral has dipped to +200.

It still appears to be a two-man race, as Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder has the third-shortest odds at 12/1. Ridder led the fifth-ranked Bearcats to a win over Notre Dame on the road, helping his team jump Oklahoma in the polls.

Oddsmakers are not as convinced as the pollsters. Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has Cincinnati at 33/1 to win the College Football Playoff, which gives them the seventh-shortest odds. The committee left an undefeated Bearcats team out of the playoff last year, but they are going to have a better resume this season.

The title race still seems to come down to Alabama and Georgia no matter how you slice it. Georgia remained at +175 following its blowout win over No. 8 Arkansas on Saturday. Ohio State (10/1) and Oklahoma (15/1) are the only other teams inside of 25/1.

Alabama is the -135 favorite to win the SEC, while Georgia is +100. Oklahoma is -160 to win the Big 12 and Ohio State is -120 to win the Big Ten.

Meanwhile, the ACC title race continues to tighten. Clemson entered the season as a monster favorite and was still -200 following their first two losses, but the Tigers are now +130 after a close call against Boston College over the weekend. Pittsburgh (+550), Wake Forest (+650), Virginia Tech (+700), North Carolina State (+700) and North Carolina (+800) are all considered contenders to win the conference.

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