UofL: NCAA Football Playoff Contenders?

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Photo: al.com

As you guys know, we at CardinalSportsZone.com like to bring you the best of both worlds. We have a wonderful group of contributors that write excellent stories. (In My Opinion) We also go out and find the best stories out there about UofL from other people so that we can be your one stop shop for UofL news. This is a case of the latter. I was looking through my Facebook and seen: Bet on the Cards. I was intrigued. Chris Fallica put out his top 5 value bets for the CFP. The entire list can be found here. Enjoy the part about the Cards!

If you’re looking for someone to tout Alabama at 6-1 to win the 2016-17 College Football Playoff National Championship, this isn’t the column for you. And while I would like to champion Clemson at 7-1, you don’t need to hear that from me after watching the Tigers offense vs. Alabama in Glendale.

What I will try to do is offer a handful of teams that might possess some value — teams that might see their odds reduced dramatically once the season starts. They each have some warts, but they could be worth a play prior to the season in order to get the best price.

One thing I try to keep in mind when looking at these futures is to envision whether a team can simply get into the College Football Playoff. Once you’re there, pretty much any team would be capable of winning two games. I also try to approach things how the committee might — it’s not always about the best team, but more about a conference champion and who might be playing well late in the year.

Here are my five best CFB futures value bets:

Louisville (60-1)

Was I one year early in predicting Louisville’s success for 2015? It sure looked like it, based on how well QB Lamar Jackson finished the season. After a 2-4 start, in which all four losses were winnable games, the Cardinals kept it together and won six of seven to finish the year. Bobby Petrino is looking at roughly 18 returning starters next year, and the Cards’ ACC road games are Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia and (obviously the tough one of the bunch) at Clemson. It’s pretty manageable for a team that should put up a lot of points this year — if the O-line matures as it should.

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