Oddsmakers bullish on Alabama against entire playoff field

Alabama, which has won all but one game by double digits, would be a heavy favorite against any team it meets in the College Football Playoff. Here are the spreads for every potential matchup.


Alabama -- pursuing its fifth national title in eight years -- would be favored by more than a touchdown over every possible College Football Playoff opponent, according to major sportsbooks.

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The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas makes 12-0 Alabama an 8-point favorite over Ohio State, -10 vs. Michigan, -12 vs. Clemson, -14 vs. Washington, -18 vs. Wisconsin, -18.5 vs. Colorado and -19 vs. Penn State, per oddsmaker Aaron Kessler.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is similarly bullish on Alabama, making the Tide 8.5-point favorites over the Buckeyes and 11.5-point favorites over Clemson, per SportsInsights.

BookMaker.eu also released spreads for Alabama's seven potential foes. Here are the lines, with comments from BookMaker odds consultant Scott Cooley:

Ohio State +7.5: "You can't discount an Urban Meyer gameplan for any big game, but we'd open higher than a touchdown to see where the action takes it." 

Clemson +8: "Would be a great rematch, and out of this entire group, I think the Tigers are best equipped to upset Alabama."

Washington +13: "Chris Peterson is a great coach schematically, but the gap in talent level he has compared to Nick Saban is vast." 

Michigan +8: "This would be a heck of a defensive game, just not sure the Wolverines have the offense to be competitive."

Penn State +17: "Penn State would likely be exposed as a smoke-and-mirror squad if it went toe to toe with the Tide." 

Wisconsin +10.5: "I think the sharps might like the Badgers with a double-digit spread. They've liked them all year." 

Colorado +20: "Definitely deserving to be biggest dog of the group, and I highly doubt we'd get much Colorado money from the public."

Alabama is a 24-point favorite in Saturday's SEC title game against Florida. Final CFP rankings and playoff pairings will be announced at Noon ET on Sunday.