College Confidential

Texas schools climb in CFP title chase, per oddsmaker

One week into the college football season, the odds for a College Football Playoff run and Heisman Trophy consideration are improving for teams and players from Texas.

Odds released today from Bovada Sports Book show a sharp uptick in CFP title hopes for No. 6 Houston (8-1 odds) and No. 11 Texas (22-1 odds), a pair of teams that climbed in Tuesday’s AP poll after knocking of top-10 opponents in last week’s season openers. Both schools opened the season with 66-1 odds to claim the national title. Houston now has the eighth-best national odds of any team to win the CFP title. Texas is ninth after knocking off then-No. 10 Notre Dame, 50-47, behind freshman quarterback Shane Buechele, an Arlington Lamar graduate and son of Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele.

No. 15 TCU, the state’s highest-ranked team in the preseason polls, held its spot in today’s updated CFP odds (40-1 odds), remaining in a tie for 16th among the betting favorites in the national title chase. The state’s biggest mover proved to be Texas Tech, a 69-17 winner over Stephen F. Austin in its opener. The Red Raiders received 100-1 odds today in the national title chase, up from 500-1 odds in the preseason.

Others holding serve among the favorites after opening weekend included No. 23 Baylor (50-1 odds) and No. 20 Texas A&M (66-1 odds).

In terms of the Heisman Trophy chase, Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. (6-1 odds) now is tied for sixth nationally among college players, with Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes (25-1 odds) in 10th place. Ward began the season with 33-1 odds before shining in the Cougars’ 33-23 upset of then-No. 3 Oklahoma. Mahomes, last year’s FBS leader in total offense, accounted for 540 yards and six touchdowns against SFA. He moved from off-the-board in the Heisman race into the top-10 betting favorites.

As things stand heading into Week Two, the four teams assigned the best playoff odds are No. 1 Alabama (4-1), No. 3 Florida State (6-1), No. 2 Clemson (13-2) and No. 4 Ohio State (13-2). The top three favorites in the Heisman race are Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (4-1), Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (9-2) and LSU running back Leonard Fournette (15-2).

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