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(L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All-State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

With Week 1 of the 2018-2019 college football season getting underway, the usual suspects are favored to reach the postseason and win the title in a few months. Alabama (11/5) has the best betting odds to win the national championship, followed by Clemson (4/1), Ohio State (8/1) and Georgia (8/1).

Alabama doesn’t simply have better title odds than anyone else, per They are overwhelming favorites to make the College Football Playoff. After winning the title last year, the Crimson Tide are the only team that’s reached the CFP in all four years of its existence.

Clemson is the only other school that’s an odds-on favorite to compete in the playoffs. The Tigers have been a postseason team in each of the last three years, going 1-2 against Alabama.

Georgia, last year’s runner-up, has slightly worse playoff odds than Ohio State, even though they are given a better chance to win the national championship than the Buckeyes. It won’t be easy for the Bulldogs to make the CFP for a second straight year while playing in the same conference as the defending champs.

Ohio State has seen a small bump in their title odds from a few weeks ago. It looked like Urban Meyer might be in danger of losing his job earlier this month, but the head coach will be back on the sidelines after just three games. After starting the season with two games against unranked opponents, the Buckeyes will face No.16 TCU in Arlington, Texas.

Washington (15/1), Michigan (18/1) and Auburn (22/1) all have better championship odds than Oklahoma (26/1). The Sooners were the fourth team in last season’s CFP, but they lost quarterback Baker Mayfield to the NFL.

Wisconsin (26/1) is tied for eighth in championship odds, despite entering Week 1 as the No.4 team in the nation. The Badgers are one of three teams that received a first-place vote in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Michigan and Notre Dame have the best CFP odds of any teams that aren’t ranked in the top 10. One of them will have an uphill battle to reach the playoffs heading into Week 2 because the Fighting Irish host the Wolverines Saturday night. Notre Dame is a slight betting favorite at home, according to OddsShark.

Notre Dame (40/1) is ranked No.12, but they share the same championship odds as No.8 Miami (40/1). Penn State (30/1), Michigan State (35/1), Florida State (50/1) and Texas (50/1) are the only other teams with no worse than 50/1 odds.

USC (65/1) is considered to be a long shot with true freshman JT Daniels being named the starting quarterback. Stanford (70/1) and LSU (80/1) are the only other teams with better than 100/1 odds.