The first year of the College Football Playoff National Championships is an inarguable success, and that’s even before the playing of the final and decisive game. First, the distributionof bowls and participants was balanced to the point that there were relatively few complaints by pseudo-contenders who felt somehow left out. Second, but more importantly, perhaps, we stand on the eve of crowing the champion secure in the knowledge that it will not go to anyone in the SEC. If for that alone the new system needs to be applauded, accepted and carved into the eternal collegiate sports landscape.
Tonight’s championship game between Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes is all anyone could ask for. That is except for all the many millions who do not live in these areas, did not go to either of those schools and have not developed an affinity for either of them. So what are you going to do to make it worth your time and attention? Why, bet on it of course!
A cursory glance at the prop bets gives a brief summary of the predicted early action. According to the numbers Oregon is favored to score first, they are going to get a touchdown, and it will come just within the first five minutes:
Team to Score First
Ohio State (Buckeyes) +115
Oregon ( Ducks) -145
First Score of the Game
Will They Score in the 1st 5 Minutes of the Game?
BORING!! Here’s a much better bet:
No TD Scored in Game +15000
This means its 150 to 1 against no touchdowns, in the whole game. Quickly, if you can find someone to take this bet, book it. These teams are going to score touchdowns. Lots of them.
Okay, so Oregon did indeed score first, a touchdown, within the first five minutes. All true to form thus far. So, what’s next? Another interesting side bet, which is too late to get in on, but will be worth following for entertainment’s sake:
Team who scores first wins the game
If you were in on this bet, what you got was Oregon -180 to win. That’s considerably better than what you got before the game. Imagine tough it Ohio State would have scored first. You’d be sitting with Oregon +150. It’s enough to make a compulsive gambler cry..
Here is an exceptional crowd engager:
Will either team score 3 unanswered times in the game?
Except that Ohio State now has back-to-back scores, the “No” looked like a lock. You’ve got to expect these teams to trade scores, and the +250 was unavoidable.