Championship Prop Bets (01/11/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
College Football Playoff National Championship game prop bets. Odds courtesy of

So you don't bleed scarlet and gray and there is no quack in your attack. No worries, you can still enjoy the College Football Playoff National Championship. These prop bets will make the title game more interesting as you follow the game Monday night.

For full analysis of the championship game including straight-up, against-the-spread and over/under picks click here.

The first score of the game will be?
  • Touchdown: -350
  • Field Goal or Safety: +275

The oddsmakers expect a lot of points, the total was posted at 74 points. If you like the over then you better bet that a touchdown will be the first score but it would be fun to root for a safety.

Will either team score three unanswered times in the game?
  • Yes: -325
  • No: +250

Yes is a heavy favorite and rightfully so. Ohio State scored four straight times against Alabama and Oregon ended its semifinal matchup against Florida State with five straight scores. Note: extra points and two point conversions do not count as a score.

Will there be a special teams or defensive touchdown?
  • Yes: +140
  • No: -170

The odds imply there won't be a special teams or defensive touchdown but the Ducks (fumble return) and Buckeyes (pick-six) both had defensive scores in their semifinal games.

The longest touchdown score in the game will be?
  • Over/Under: 63.5 yards

Big plays are fun but consider this: Oregon's defense has only allowed two plays of greater than 60 yards all season and neither were touchdowns. Ohio State has given up just six plays of 60 or more yards.

The first turnover of the game will be?
  • Fumble: +120
  • Interception: -150
  • No Turnovers in the game: +550

These teams combine to average 58.7 passes per game. It makes sense that the interception is the most likely turnover.