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College Football Playoff odds: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma lead crowded field

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Through four weeks of the 2014-15 college football season, no team has really developed much separation from the field. In the latest College Football Playoff odds released by Bovada, Alabama is the slim favorite at 13/2, slightly ahead of Auburn, Florida State and Oklahoma all at 15/2.

In his latest Morning Tailgate, SB Nation's Bill Connelly was mightily impressed by Alabama's offense in particular. The Crimson Tide took down Florida on Saturday, 42-21.

There are plenty of strong defenses left on Alabama's schedule, and [quarterback Blake] Sims will be challenged in every possible way. Ole Miss will clog the lanes for Bama running backs and hit him if he attempts to leave the pocket. So will Mississippi State. LSU defensive backs will force perfect passes downfield. The Auburn defensive line will remain stiff against the run and pin its ears back on passing downs. So we'll pretty specifically know what flaws Sims has as a quarterback by the end of the season. But he's aced his early tests, his arm really is accurate, and, let's face it, he's got one hell of an offensive coordinator in his corner.

As for the Wisconsin Badgers, they now hold the 19th-best odds to win the Playoff at 40/1. Notably, those are ahead of LSU's current odds at 50/1 after the Tigers lost to Mississippi State on Saturday. Other Big Ten teams ahead of Wisconsin include Michigan State, Ohio State and, interestingly enough, Nebraska.

Odds to win the 2014-15 College Football Playoff, per Bovada
Odds on 9/16/14 Current Odds
1 Alabama 7/1 13/2
2 Auburn 9/1 15/2
3 Florida State 5/1 15/2
4 Oklahoma 15/2 15/2
5 Oregon 7/1 9/1
6 Texas A&M 14/1 12/1
7 Georgia 20/1 16/1
8 Baylor 18/1 18/1
9 UCLA 18/1 18/1
10 Michigan State 33/1 20/1
11 Ohio State 33/1 20/1
12 Notre Dame 25/1 25/1
13 USC 40/1 25/1
14 Mississippi 40/1 33/1
15 Mississippi State 100/1 40/1
16 Nebraska 66/1 40/1
17 South Carolina 40/1 40/1
18 Stanford 50/1 40/1
19 Wisconsin 50/1 40/1
20 LSU 18/1 50/1
21 BYU 66/1 66/1
22 Penn State 75/1 66/1
23 TCU 75/1 75/1
24 Washington 100/1 75/1
25 Arizona State 100/1 100/1
26 Florida 40/1 100/1
27 Marshall 200/1 100/1
28 Arizona 150/1 150/1
29 Iowa 300/1 150/1
30 Kansas State 100/1 150/1
31 Maryland 300/1 200/1
32 Cincinnati 300/1 300/1
33 Georgia Tech 500/1 300/1
34 Louisville 300/1 300/1
35 Missouri 100/1 300/1
36 Oklahoma State 300/1 300/1
37 Oregon State 500/1 300/1
38 North Carolina 200/1 500/1
39 Pittsburgh 200/1 500/1
40 Rutgers 1000/1 500/1
41 Tennessee 500/1 500/1
42 Texas 500/1 500/1
43 Clemson 150/1 Off the Board
44 Virginia Tech 200/1 Off the Board
45 California 500/1 Off the Board
46 Miami 500/1 Off the Board
47 Michigan 500/1 Off the Board