2016 College Football Playoff Betting Guide

The four-team College Football Playoff field is set, and there are few surprises in the selections.

The Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0) grabbed the No. 1 overall seed after winning their 25th-straight game over Florida. The Tide completely dominated Florida in the SEC Championship by a score of 54-16, marking their 12th double-digit win of the season.

The only suspense after Alabama was where the rest of the field would finish out. Clemson (12-1) claimed the No. 2 seed, despite Ohio State being ranked second overall before championship week. The Buckeyes (11-1), who are seeded No. 3, were penalized for not making the Big Ten conference title game.

Washington (12-1) rounds out the field with the No. 4 seed. The Huskies had the weakest non-conference schedule of the CFP field, but they crushed Colorado 41-10 in the Pac-12 Championship to seal their spot.

Perhaps the most-deserving team missing out is the Penn State Nittany Lions, who won the Big Ten Championship with a 38-31 victory over Wisconsin. They’re also the only team to have defeated the Buckeyes this year.

We’ll discuss Penn State missing out later, but first, let’s analyze the two CFP matchups along with betting lines on the games.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0) vs. No. 4 Washington (12-1) in Peach Bowl
GTBets.eu Line for Dec. 31 at 3:00pm EST:
Alabama -15.5 (-110)
Washington +15.5 (-110)

alabama-vs-floridaAfter winning the national title last year, Alabama has been No. 1 wire to wire this season. They opened with a 52-6 victory over USC (9-3) and have been rolling ever since.

The only chink in the armor was defensive struggles against Ole Miss (48-43) and Arkansas (49-30), but this can be forgiven considering that they didn’t lose the entire season. Furthermore, Alabama has only allowed 8.3 PPG over the past seven games.

Alabama’s real bread and butter, though, is their offense, which is averaging almost 40 points a game. This team is dominant on both sides of the ball, they’re talented, and they look like repeat champions.

It’s no secret that Washington is the big underdog here. They lost to the same USC team that Bama dominated, and their strength of schedule has been bashed all year long. It was so bad that we seriously wondered if two-loss Michigan might still gain the No. 4 spot.

But the doubts were erased with a 41-10 thumping of No. 8 Colorado (10-3). This has been a trend with the Huskies, as they blew out six of their first seven opponents.

What propels Washington is their defense, which has held opponents to 17.2 PPG. The defense has been enough to overcome inconsistent play by the offense. This was especially apparent in the 26-13 home loss to USC, where QB Jake Browning and the offense really struggled.

For this reason, we don’t see the Huskies giving Alabama much of a test.

Score Prediction: Alabama 38 – Washington 17

No. 2 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) in Fiesta Bowl
GTBets.eu Line for Dec. 31 at 3:00pm EST:
Ohio State -3 (-110)
Clemson +3 (-110)

jt-barrett-playoffsOhio State set a precedent by becoming the first non-conference champion to play in the CFP since it started in 2014. The Buckeyes quickly generated a buzz by crushing their first five opponents by 42.5 PPG, a span that included Big 12 champ Oklahoma (10-2).

Other quality victories include a 30-23 win over Wisconsin and a 30-27 (OT) win against Michigan. The only blemish is a 24-21 loss to eventual Big Ten champ Penn State, in which the difference was a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.

The Buckeyes are anchored by their defense, but their offense, led by J.T. Barrett, has played poorly at times. Clemson isn’t known for having an elite defensive unit, which will help Ohio State’s offense.

As for the Tigers, their beginning was the complete opposite. They got close wins against Auburn (19-13) and Troy (30-24) to start the season. Their offense finally got going after this, leading to a 42-36 win over then-No. 3 Louisville.

clemson-vs-virgnia-techClemson has lived on the edge with close victories against NC State and Florida State, followed by a demoralizing loss to Pitt (43-42). The Tigers rebounded from this to win their final three games, including a 42-35 win over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship.

We have no doubt that Clemson has the talent to beat Ohio State. But given their struggles against top competition, we have no idea which Tigers team will show up.

Score Prediction: Ohio State 33 – Clemson 24

The Biggest Snub: Penn State

Some might argue that Michigan getting left out is the biggest controversy, especially since they beat Penn State 49-10. But the Nittany Lions beat two teams (Iowa, Ohio State) that defeated Michigan, and they won the Big Ten title.

For this reason, they’re considered this year’s biggest CFP snub.

College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said that it wasn’t an easy decision leaving Penn State out of the field. Here’s his explanation of the matter”

penn-state-ohio-state“We had spirited discussions in the committee selection room as well. Last night we met until approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning with that same [Penn State or Washington] conversation. It was detailed, it was difficult conversation and we looked at a lot of things. Obviously, we looked at two conference championship, Washington of the Pac-12, Penn State of the Big Ten. We looked at one-loss Washington, that loss being against a top-10 opponent compared to a two-loss Penn State team. One loss they were not competitive in that particular game, the other loss was to an 8-4 team

“We talked about strength of schedule. Obviously, strength of schedule favored Penn State. Had Washington had a stronger strength of schedule, I don’t think the conversation and discussion would have been as difficult. We looked at key statistical categories, which translate to performance on the field each and every week and the statistical categories that the selection committee sees value in that we discussed in detail last night and again this morning, Washington has the advantage. We talked to our coaches about what they saw in the performance of these two teams on the field not just in one particular game, but over the course of 13 games and Washington seemed to have the advantage there as well.

“So while it was challenging conversation, it was detailed conversation that went hours upon hours, coming out this morning, Washington deserves that No. 4 spot and the selection committee believes they’re a better football team when compared to Penn State.”

The final CFP field could’ve included a mashup of rankings beyond Alabama, or even included Penn State or Michigan over another team that got in. But the committee stuck by their rankings, which sets us up for some entertaining playoff action in late December and early January.

GTBets Newsletter September 2, 2016

The college football season heats up with #20 USC taking on #1 Alabama. Other big events to bet on this weekend include the US Open and a UFC match between Alexander Gustafsson and Jan Blachowicz.

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College Football Betting: USC vs Alabama

Start off this football season with your favorite college games. This Saturday watch as #20 USC takes on #1 BAMA at 8pm ET. This highly anticipated game features two historically dominate college teams.

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UFC Betting: Gustafsson vs Blackowicz

Popular Swedish fighter, Alexander Gustafsson finally returns to the octagon for a light heavyweight bout against Jan Blachowicz. Gustafsson has not fought for almost a year now, after losing to Daniel Cormier last October. Tune in this Saturday at 3pm ET  as Gustafsson looks to climb back up the rankings and Blachowicz tries for his biggest win to date.

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US Open Betting

Keep up with the US Open today through September 11th at Flushing Meadows in New York. Number one seed Djokovic’s wrist injury could make room for second seed Andy Murray to become the tournament favorite. However, Djokovic did dismiss some of those fears by winning the opening match against Jerzy Janowicz.horse-racing-betting

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Warren Buffett wins First Sports Bet – Collects $500

warren-buffett-first-sports-betThey say that there are many parallels between successful sports betting and investing. And billionaire Warren Buffett recently tested this theory out by doing some college football betting.

Buffett visited the MGM sportsbook and placed his first-ever bet on the Nebraska Cornhuskers covering a 12.5-point spread. His $550 wager paid off when the Cornhusers blew out the Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 55-19. And his prize for the winning wager: $500.

Seeing as how Buffett is worth $64 billion, the profit from this bet is like change between his couch cushions. Nevertheless, we’re pretty sure that he was thrilled to win this “small” bet.

Given how good the Berkshire Hathaway CEO is at picking winners in the stock market, certain visitors at MGM paid special attention to his wager. As CNBC reports, several people came over and made the exact same bet that Buffet did. And considering the results, some of these same bettors might be tracking the 84-year-old’s future wagers as sharp money.

warren-buffett-ncaa-tournamentIt’s interesting timing that Buffett has finally gotten into sports wagering because he’s been hanging out with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Well known for his lavish sports bets, Mayweather has tweeted slips of winning seven-figure scores before. The two have been meeting to discuss how Mayweather can invest $100 million and eventually turn it into $1 billion.

As if he hasn’t done enough to boost his betting image over the past year, Buffett was also famously involved in the 2014 NCAA Tournament $1 billion bracket challenge. His company insured the $1 billion prize so that anybody who picked a perfect bracket would be guaranteed the vast fortune. However, just 25 games into the challenge, everybody was eliminated from contention. And that’s pretty much how one would have expected this to go since Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway did the math 10 times over before offering the $1 billion bracket challenge.