While No. 4 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will play for the national championship Monday in Atlanta, most college football fans across Texas have already turned their attention toward next year’s CFB playoff hunt.
So, which team has the best chance to end the state’s 12-year national title drought next January?
Right now, oddsmakers believe that Texas is primed to take a big step forward in head coach Tom Herman’s second season. The Longhorns have 25-to-1 odds to bring home a national title next year, according to Vegasinsider.com.
That figure gives the Longhorns, along with several other teams, the eighth best odds to win the championship. They also have the second best title odds of any team in the Big 12, trailing only Oklahoma (18-to-1).
Alabama (5-to-2) has the best odds to win next year’s championship, followed by Clemson (6-to-1), Ohio State and Georgia (both listed at 8-to-1).
The Longhorns also have far and away the best title odds of any team in the state of Texas.
Heading into Jimbo Fisher’s first year as head coach, Texas A&M has the second best title odds in the state at 50-to-1. That number ranks 21st in the country.
TCU sits one spot below the Aggies with 60-to-1 odds.
After that, the odds of a Texas team winning next year’s championship go down significantly. Houston, Texas Tech and Baylor are the final programs from the state on the list. All three teams currently have 500-to-1 title odds.
The site did not give odds for SMU.
Here is the list of Texas teams and their odds to win next year’s CFB Playoff (according to VegasInsider.com):
Texas A&M: 50-to-1
Texas Tech: 500-to-1
SMU: Not listed