If Mark Twain were still alive the infamous “certainty” quote attributed to him would likely change. Rather than the often written and spoken quip that “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” would now be “three certainties” adding the Alabama Crimson Tide as the favorite to win the college football national championship. Odds to Win 2019 College Football Championship Game (Feb 6).
Is it accurate and safe to state that “The only three certainties in life are death and taxes and the Crimson Tide being the preseason favorites to win the college football championship”?
Despite the fact that Nick Saban and his staff had a large number of key players announce in January that they would opt to forgo their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft the Tide remain the overwhelming favorite for the 2019 NCAAF title, according to the Las Vegas Superbook.
Todd Dewey right here in Las Vegas wrote a terrific column for the Review Journal. Dewey stated that “the loss of Calvin Ridley and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick didn’t affect Alabama’s odds to repeat as college football national champions next season. The Crimson Tide — fresh off Monday’s 26-23 overtime comeback win over Georgia for their fifth national title in nine years — are the 8-5 favorite to win the 2019 College Football Playoff national championship game.”
Like most of use sports fanatics here in Sin City Dewey wrote about the SuperBook updates concerning the Odds to Win the 2019 College Football Championship Game. “Clemson is the 6-1 second choice at the Westgate sports book, Georgia is 7-1 and Ohio State 8-1. Every other team has double-digit odds, paced by Penn State and Michigan at 12-1.”
“Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons opened Alabama at 5-2 odds Monday night but moved them to 8-5 on Tuesday after taking a closer look at the Tide’s 2018 schedule.”
“Alabama has the easiest schedule I’ve ever seen,” Salmons told the Review Journal. “If you could pick four teams for next year’s (CFP), everybody would start out with Alabama and Clemson.”
The Crimson Tide open the 2018 regular season against Louisville on September 1 in a neutral-site game in Orlando, Florida. The reigning champs also were issued a bye week before their toughest road game against the Tigers of Louisiana State on November 3. In addition they host Auburn in the regular-season ending Iron Bowl on November 24.
“Alabama is going to have to go through Georgia in the (Southeastern Conference) championship game, unless it loses to Auburn to go 10-1 and gets in that way,” Salmons said. “If it had beaten Auburn this season, it would’ve had to play Georgia twice. If (Alabama and Georgia) are both undefeated next year, is the loser going to go to the final four?”
Most notable the performance of freshman Tua Tagovailoa in January’s championship win over the Georgia Bulldogs solidified the college football futures odds-on favorites for Salmons and his WestGate staff. Tagovailoa replaced two-year starter Jalen Hurts at halftime of the national title game and rallied it from deficits of 13-0 and 23-20 in overtime.
In conclusion this authors opinion and most college football pundits I talk with Saban will make Tagovailoa the starter for the 2018-19 Crimson campaign.
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Odds to Win 2019 College Football Championship Game (Feb 6)