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Playoff qualification odds set for nine CFB teams

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

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Before talking about who'll win the inaugural College Football Playoff and the 2014 national championship, it's worth talking about who'll qualify for the playoff in the first place. And one good starting point might be the new qualification odds for nine potential champions set by Bovada.

Not surprisingly, defending champion Florida State has the kindest odds, checking in at an expensive -350 (2-to-7) to make the four-team field and +225 (9-to-4) to be left out. The other eight teams whose odds were released by Bovada Wednesday:

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Alabama make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +125 (5/4)

No -160 (5/8)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Oregon make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes EVEN (1/1)

No -140 (5/7)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Ohio State make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes EVEN (1/1)

No -140 (5/7)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Oklahoma make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +175 (7/4)

No -260 (5/13)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Auburn make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +175 (7/4)

No -260 (5/13)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will LSU make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +225 (9/4)

No -350 (2/7)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will UCLA make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +240 (12/5)

No -380 (5/19)

2014-2015 NCAA Season - Will Michigan State make the 4 Team Playoff?

Yes +225 (9/4)

No -350 (2/7)

And because it's irresistible not to, quick picks for the three most appealing bets on this mini-board:

Oklahoma: No (-260). It's easy to remember the Sooners' Sugar Bowl romp over Alabama, but don't forget that Bob Stoops' team was also blasted by Texas and Baylor and needed some late dramatics to edge Oklahoma State and TCU. -260 is far from cheap and the schedule is Norman-friendly, but Stoops hasn't lost fewer than two regular season games since 2008.

Alabama: Yes (+125). Likewise, you could argue that despite the occasional hiccup, the 2013 Crimson Tide was still one Kick-Six away from playing for the last BCS title. The trip to LSU won't be fun, but one loss won't eliminate any SEC team, and Texas A&M and Auburn come to Tuscaloosa.

Michigan State: No (-350). Assuming the Spartans don't come back from their early-season trip to Oregon with a win, making the playoff will likely require back-to-back undefeated Big Ten seasons. That's a tremendous ask, and though the schedule brings Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska all to East Lansing, this doesn't seem like quite the caliber of program necessary for that kind of campaign in consecutive years. -350 is extremely expensive, but it's also extremely hard to see Sparty pulling this off.

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