The new Top 25 College football rankings for Week 13 have been released, and it looks like the top four playoff teams should remain intact heading into the final full week of play. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson all were victorious this past weekend, and with Louisville falling to the Houston Cougars 36-10, the debate is over on which team should be the No. 4 or No. 5 team in the country – that is for now.
While Alabama and Clemson cruised to easy wins on Saturday, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan were lucky to escape with victories.
According to a CBS Sports report, Ohio State was given all they call handle by the Michigan State Spartans yesterday in East Lansing, and some fans still can’t believe head coach Mark Dantonio decided to go for a 2-point play late in the fourth quarter instead of kicking an extra point that would have tied the game at 17.
Dantonio stands by his decision, and his team knew all week long that he was going to be aggressive from the very first play of the game.
”All week long I’d said that, hey, if we get close at the end of the game, we’re going for 2, and we’re going to take an aggressive approach and play to win the football game rather than to tie,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.”They had us covered up on that particular play, so good job by them.”
OSU held on for the 17-16 win and now will battle Michigan next Saturday for what looks like a winner take all situation.
If Michigan wins, they will claim the Big Ten Eastern Conference title and will head to the Big Ten championship game, and most likely the NCAA playoffs. If Ohio State wins, they will become the champs of the East, that is if Penn State loses to Michigan State. Both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are 7-1 in Big Ten play, however, Penn State holds the tie breaker over Ohio State because they defeated the Buckeyes earlier this year.
Now the big question is can a team like Louisville, Wisconsin or another team sneak into the top four or five after next weekend and hope to upset the apple cart and get into the NCAA playoffs. With Michigan facing Ohio State, we already know that one of the top four teams in the country is going to lose. This year’s playoff seedings seems like they won’t be decided until the championship games are concluded.
When it comes to Las Vegas favorites, Alabama is still the team to beat.
Is the Big Ten conference the toughest in the country? Right now they have four teams in the Top 10.
Vegas Insider has the Tide set at 2/3 odds, or -155. Alabama has just been a football machine since Nick Saban took over the reigns. If they win the championship again this season, it would be safe to say that the Nick Saban led Alabama team may be the best ever to hit the gridiron. Bama has won titles in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015, and are looking to repeat as champions for the second time under Coach Saban. That is an incredible run.
Below is a look at the current new college football Top 10 teams, along with the updated odds to win the 2016 NCAA football championship. You can click here to see the entire Top 25.
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
NCAA Football Title Odds
- Alabama 2/3
- Ohio State 9/5
- Clemson 8/1
- Michigan 15/1
- Wisconsin 15/1
- Washington 15/1
- Oklahoma 20/1
- Penn State 40/1
- West Virginia 40/1
- Washington State 40/1
- Oklahoma State 50/1
- Utah 60/1
- Colorado 60/1
- Florida 100/1
- Louisville 300/1
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