Michigan State as National Championship Favorites? One Oddsmaker Says So

The college football headlines have been dominated by the SEC West once again this year, but it's time to throw some love to the Big Ten.

Vegasinsider.com currently has the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans as the favorites to win the inaugural College Football Playoff with 13-2 odds. Florida State and Mississippi State both sit at 7-1, while Alabama sits at 8-1.

Michigan State opened the season with 30-1 odds, but have seen them improve as other top teams continue to fall around them.

While the pundits might not think of the Spartans as the best team on the field, they certainly have the easiest road to get to the playoff. They face Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, and Penn State before playing in the Big Ten Championship game, should they make it there.

The Buckeyes are the only team ranked that's left on the schedule, and the Spartans get that game at home in East Lansing.

Michigan State's defense is one of the country's elite again this season, allowing just only 304 total yards a game, while their offense is much improved, averaging over 500 yards a game and are first in the nation in time of possession.


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