College football got its first real shake-up at the top of the betting market over the weekend—kind of.
Top-ranked Alabama suffered a shocking loss to Texas A&M as an 18-point favorite, losing its spot as the College Football Playoff favorite in the process. Oddsmakers are not panicking though, just moving the Crimson Tide to second in the market.
Vegas-based Circa Sports has Alabama at +395 to win the title, while DraftKings has Nick Saban’s team at +220. Georgia has taken over as the sole ‘chalk,’ sitting at EVEN money at Circa Sports. The Bulldogs, who notched another dominant win (over Auburn) on Saturday, are available at +125 at DraftKings.
Despite Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M, quarterback Bryce Young remains the +175 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. He completed 28 of 48 attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw his third interception of the season. Young has now completed 69.4 percent of his passes and has a 20-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral is +200 to win the Heisman. The Rebels put up 52 points in a thrilling win over Arkansas, led by a four-touchdown day from Corral. He threw for two scores and added two more on the ground.
Alabama’s loss has opened the door for some other players in the Heisman market, including Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud (+800), Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III (12/1) and Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (14/1). Walker had 232 rushing yards in Michigan State’s win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Georgia and Alabama remain at the top of the futures market, with Ohio State (+800) being the only other team inside of 15/1 to win the title. The Bulldogs have gone from +100 to -135 to win the SEC, while Alabama dropped from -135 to -105. Ole Miss has the third-shortest odds at 35/1, so oddsmakers are essentially making Georgia a -130 moneyline favorite against Alabama in the SEC title game.
The Big Ten could be in for an entertaining finish, as Iowa (+240) is creeping closer to Ohio State (-120) in the conference title game market. The Hawkeyes are now 6-0 after taking out No. 4 Penn State on Saturday and they do not have a ranked opponent left on their schedule.
Oklahoma ticked up from -160 to -175 to win the Big 12, while Clemson’s price shifted from +130 to +120 in the ACC race. Arizona State (+140) is narrowly edging out Oregon (+180) in the Pac 12 market.