Cincinnati made history Tuesday by becoming the first Group of Five team to earn a fourth-place position in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Oregon’s 38-7 loss to Utah last week paved the way for the undefeated Bearcats, who trounced SMU, 48-14. Oddsmakers have Cincinnati between +3000 and +4000 to win the national championship, a long way from the top three favorites but right in the mix of the next tier.
The Bearcats (11-0, 7-4 ATS) are favored by two TDs against East Carolina on Saturday, before facing Houston in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on December 4. In all likelihood, Cincinnati has to win both of these games — and hope the selection committee doesn’t bump a Power Five program into the top four — to get into the CFP.
Here’s a look at the other contenders in the CFP rankings, with odds courtesy of FanDuel, DraftKings, and PointsBet as of Wednesday morning.
2022 NCAA Football National Championship Future Odds
|NCAA Football Champion||FanDuel||DraftKings||PointsBet|
|2. Ohio State||+300||+300||+300|
|5. Oklahoma State||+4000||+5000||+5000|
|8. Notre Dame||+6000||+5000||+5000|
What To Know About The Other CFB Title Contenders
Georgia (11-0, 8-3 ATS)
The Bulldogs are 35-point favorites (Caesars) in their regular-season finale against Georgia Tech. Georgia then faces chief nemesis Alabama in the SEC Championship game. The look-ahead line for that contest is Georgia -4 at DraftKings.
Alabama (10-1, 6-5 ATS)
Arkansas pushed ‘Bama to the brink last Saturday, but the Crimson Tide prevailed, 42-35. Alabama is a 19.5-point favorite (BetMGM) in Saturday’s Iron Bowl vs. Auburn. Looking ahead to the SEC Championship, it’s worth noting that Alabama has six consecutive wins over Georgia.
Ohio State (10-1, 6-4-1 ATS)
The Buckeyes destroyed Michigan State, 56-7, to jump one spot to third in the CFP rankings. Ohio State is an 8.5-point favorite at Michigan this weekend.
Oklahoma State (10-1, 9-2 ATS)
The Cowboys welcome in-state rival Oklahoma as the Bedlam series makes what could be its final appearance in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is a consensus 4-point favorite against the Sooners.
Oklahoma (11-1, 5-7 ATS)
Oklahoma is coming off a 28-21 home victory over Iowa State, which dealt rival Oklahoma State its only loss of the season.
Michigan (10-1, 9-2 ATS)
Do you realize that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is 0-5 against Ohio State? Of course, you do. The Wolverines ran roughshod over Maryland last week, 58-14, but they’ll need to find a way to finally beat the Buckeyes to keep their CFP dreams alive.
Notre Dame (11-1, 9-3 ATS)
It will take the luck of the Irish and then some for Notre Dame to land a spot in the semifinals. The Irish maxed out on style points in a 55-0 win against Georgia Tech last weekend. Stanford shouldn’t pose much of a problem, either, but not having a conference title game to play in hurts Notre Dame’s CFP chances, as does its loss to Cincinnati earlier this season.