Irish see uptick in national title odds

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( – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enjoy a bye this week after posting a 41-31 win over the USC Trojans last week to improve to 6-1 straight up and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.

The win improved the Irish’s AP Top 25 ranking to No.11 but the team still has work to do to strengthen their national championship betting odds, which currently sit at 20/1 at sportsbooks monitored by

Fading down the stretch last season, with just two straight-up and against-the-spread wins in their final seven games, Notre Dame tumbled out of the national rankings after climbing as high as No. 5.

The team’s second-half swoon last year did little to impact this year’s Notre Dame national championship odds, which were pegged at a respectable 14/1 following their 38-3 Week 1 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

With the loss of quarterback Malik Zaire, whose season was ended by an ankle injury in the team’s slim 34-27 win over Virginia in Week 2, Notre Dame’s odds slid to 33/1.

However, with a narrow 24-22 loss to Clemson as the only blemish on the team’s record, and upcoming matchups with three currently-ranked schools still on the schedule, the Fighting Irish remain in the College Football Playoff conversation.

No. 1 Ohio State continues to lead the way as favorites to repeat as national champions with 12/5 odds. Faced with an embarrassment of riches at quarterback the Buckeyes have posted 20 straight SU victories, but they have been a betting disappointment going 2-5 ATS this season.

No. 2 Baylor has tallied an eye-popping 63.8 points per game this season, and has climbed to 11/2 after opening at 14/1, while No. 8 Alabama sports strong 6/1 title odds ahead of No. 5 LSU, who rounds out the list of betting favorites with 15/2 odds.

On the Heisman Trophy odds, LSU running back Leonard Fournette leads the way as a -200 favorite. The sophomore has averaged over 200 rushing yards per game, including a trio of three-touchdown performances, and has 14 major scores on the season.

Baylor Bears pivot Seth Russell is Fournette’s closest competition on the Heisman Trophy odds, pegged at +650. The sophomore has averaged 317.8 passing yards per game, and has thrown an incredible 27 TD passes in just six outings this season.

TCU Horned Frogs passer Trevone Boykin rounds out the top three with +850 odds, followed by Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott at +1200, and Crimson Tide rusher Derrick Henry at +1600.