As we enter Week 9 of the college football season, we have a much better feel for which teams will win their conferences and who will win certain awards, which makes it a great time to find the juiciest odds for futures in the NCAA.
We will cover the best bet to win the Heisman, the national championship, and even a surprise conference champion. As we get closer to the College Football Playoff, there is such an unpredictability for this season. This means that there are some delicious numbers out there that future you will thank past you for taking advantage of.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
National Championship Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes +450
Hop on this number immediately.
The Buckeyes were almost left for dead after falling to Oregon in Columbus to hand Ryan Day his first-ever regular-season loss as coach at Ohio State. Since then, the Buckeyes have been absolutely demolishing teams and the offense is on pace to break records.
Ohio State's offense is ranked No. 1 in the nation in points per game (49.3), yards per game (559.3), points per play (0.729), and yards per play (8.3). After struggling against Oregon and Tulsa the week after the loss to the Ducks, quarterback C.J. Stroud has caught fire and on the season he is averaging 327.5 yards per game. He is also completing 67.6% of his passes and has 22 touchdowns to only three interceptions.
Luckily for the Buckeyes and Stroud, their offense is loaded with talent at the skill positions. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have combined for 14 touchdown receptions and true-freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson is the lead back for a rushing attack that is averaging 207 yards per game.
The defense is still shaky and it may hurt them down the line, but there's clear improvement from that group. The little things like quarterback hurries, protecting the flat, forcing turnovers, and scoring on defense are all signs of a defense that is improving every week.
Ever since the home-scare against Tulsa, the Buckeyes have been locked in offensively and they can score on any defense — including Georgia. If it comes down to it, Ohio State can outscore any team in the country.
Heisman Trophy Winner: C.J. Stroud +450
Well, I guess we can talk about Stroud again. Stroud has the third-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy, according to FanDuel, and a quick look at the board tells me that there is just no clear winner right now.
Alabama quarterback, Bryce Young (+125) has overtaken Ole Miss' Matt Corral (+350) as the betting favorite and neither have very good value. Behind Stroud is Kenny Pickett at +900 and Desmond Ridder at +4000. The gap between Stroud and Pickett is not overly massive, but it seems like this has become a three-horse race. Outside of Corral, I do not think there is anybody who can keep up with Stroud right now.
Based on his current numbers, Stroud is on pace to finish the regular season with 3,930 yards passing with 44 touchdowns. To me, there is no doubt that storylines dictate the Heisman winner and if Stroud can lead Ohio State to the playoff, which it looks like he will, he will definitely take home the Heisman this year.
There is no offense playing better than Ohio State right now and that gives Stroud a massive advantage. He has the best running game, the best receivers, and one of the best offensive lines surrounding him. Nobody is as set up to succeed like Stroud.
This whole article is about finding the most realistic options at the best value. At +450, taking the Ohio State quarterback who is about to go through a gauntlet of a schedule makes the most sense.
Best Conference Champion: Wake Forest Demon Deacons To Win The ACC Championship +350
The ACC is completely wide open with Clemson having a down year. Teams like Wake Forest, N.C. State and Pittsburgh have all taken advantage and are looking to sneak in an ACC Championship before Clemson inevitably wakes back up.
Wake Forest finds themselves at 7-0 for the first time in 77 years and it is their first-ever 4-0 start to ACC play. The offense has been clicking all season long with Sam Hartman taking the snaps. On the season, Wake Forest is fourth in points scored per game (43.5), 11th in yards per game (479.3), and they are 15th in passing yards per game at 304.8.
Their schedule gets increasingly tougher towards the end as they have to take on North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, and Boston College to end the season. That is concerning for Wake Forest fans, but that could also strengthen their resume for an outside playoff chance.
Coming off a bye, the Demon Deacons' offense put up 70 points and had 638 total yards against Army. They have another tune-up game against Duke this week and now that N.C. State fell to Miami last week, Wake Forest's path to the ACC Championship has opened even wider. The defense got absolutely touched against Army and that is still a problem. However, the offense looks unstoppable and we have seen this defense perform at a high level. The Demon Deacons are in the drivers seat to take the ACC Coastal division and with how the offense is playing, they are a safe bet.
Before the win against Army, the last two games against Syracuse and Louisville have been a struggle as they only beat both teams by three points. Fatigue and health have plagued this team after a start to the season where the defense was only allowing teams to score 14 points per game. With the injury report getting smaller, expect Wake Forest to return to their previous form and take home their first ACC title since 2006.
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