By now, we’ve all heard the scenarios. If Auburn beats Alabama and Georgia…they’re in. Assuming neither loses this week, the winner of Miami-Clemson is in. If Alabama runs the table…they’re in. Big Ten champion? Who knows. At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Alabama remains the -125 favorite to capture the 2017-18 College Football Championship, followed by Oklahoma (+450), Ohio State (+800) and Clemson (+800).

As someone who had way too many Alabama futures last season, I can’t help but think there’s a little value in Clemson at 8/1. We saw what happened last year when you give Brent Venables a month to prepare his defense. And in almost every measurable category, this year’s Tigers’ defense is performing better than last year’s. Sacks per game is up from 3.1 to 3.8. Yards allowed per rush attempt is down from 3.8 to 3.2. Points allowed per game is down from 19.3 to 15.0. I think Clemson will get by Miami in the ACC Championship Game and secure (at least) the 2-seed in the College Football Playoff. From there, you’ve got some options on how you want to ride it out. But I think a +800 Clemson ticket will hold some value in a couple weeks.

Updated 2017-18 College Football Championship odds as of November 20, 2017, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

Updated 2017-18 College Football Championship Odds (November 20, 2017)

Jay Richards

Freelance sports writer for a number of local, regional, and national outlets. Owner of a 2014-15 Ohio State National Championship ticket at 75-1. Thank you, Urban Meyer, for funding that vacation to the Bahamas. Proud Penn State graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders' Black Hole.

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