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CFB: 5 Favorites to Win the National Championship

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A wise man named Ferris once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” If you ask us, the same thing could be said about college football in 2015.

If there’s been one constant throughout this latest season of college football, it’s that the overall landscape has consistently shifted on a week-to-week basis. Just when you think a heavy favorite is on the way out, it regroups and makes an emphatic statement. On the flip side, one moment a club appears to be on the up and up, and the next moment that same team is quickly getting knocked back down to Earth. Honestly, we’re getting whiplash just thinking about it.

While we fully expect the roller coaster ride to continue until there’s only one team left standing, that doesn’t mean folks are going to stop trying to predict which team that’s actually going to be. After all, what else is there to do in Las Vegas?

Therefore, with Week 10 of the 2015 college football season officially in the rear-view mirror, here’s a look at the five teams currently favored to win the national championship.

5. Stanford

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Odds: 12-1

There are few teams in college football playing better than the Stanford Cardinal. Since losing in the first week of the season to Northwestern, David Shaw’s club has reeled off eight consecutive victories, climbed to No. 7 in the AP Top 25, and finds itself firmly planted at the top of the Pac-12 North standings. It will be curious to see where this group stands once the new College Football Playoff rankings come out. One thing’s for certain, we wouldn’t want to face this team.

4. Baylor

Corey Coleman celebrates a touchdown
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Odds: 12-1

While Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman (pictured above) used the team’s recent 31-24 victory over Kansas State to reaffirm his place in the Heisman conversation, as a whole, the rest of the squad didn’t fare as well. Vegas may be giving this group 12-1 odds to take home the national championship, but the Bears actually fell to No. 4 in the latest AP rankings. We guess putting up 57.4 points per game (1st of 128) and sporting an 8-0 record can only take you so far.

3. Clemson

Deshaun Watson #4 makes a play against Notre Dame
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Odds: 4-1

The oddsmakers in Vegas may not have the Clemson Tigers winning the national championship, but with the way this group has been playing, we’d have a hard time betting against them. Not only did the Tigers hold the No. 1 spot in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, but by defeating Florida State this past weekend, they clinched the ACC Atlantic Division and moved into first place in the new AP poll. Vegas may want to rethink this one. Clemson is the real deal.

1. Alabama (tie)

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Odds: 5-2

By coming out this past weekend and thoroughly dismantling the No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers by a score of 30-16, the Alabama Crimson Tide did more than simply prove itself worthy of a top four position in the first College Football Playoff rankings, the players reminded folks that they are perhaps the most complete team in the country. As a reward for this impressive performance, Nick Saban’s bunch jumped to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and is now a co-favorite to take home this year’s national title.

1. Ohio State (tie)

Urban Meyer pumps up the Buckeyes
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Odds: 5-2

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 8-0 on the year and the defending national champions. And yet, even without losing their hold on the college football universe, they may slowly be slipping away. Not only are the Buckeyes now just co-favorites to take home the title once again, but for the first time all season they no longer hold the top spot in the AP poll. Is it time to officially hit the panic button in Columbus? We’ll know soon enough.

Odds are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

All statistics are courtesy of SR/College Football and ESPN.go.com.