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Georgia, Michigan strongly favored in college football semifinals

Updated December 4, 2022 - 4:19 pm

The odds for the College Football Playoff semifinals were posted at Las Vegas sportsbooks Sunday.

No. 1 Georgia is a 6½-point favorite over No. 4 Ohio State at the Westgate SuperBook and Station Casinos in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Caesars Sportsbook has the Bulldogs as 7-point favorites.

The SuperBook and Station Casinos have No. 2 Michigan as a 9-point favorite over No. 3 Texas Christian in the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Caesars has the Wolverines at -9½.

The semifinals take place Dec. 31, with the College Football Playoff national championship game scheduled for Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

The total for Ohio State-Georgia is up to 61½ at the SuperBook after it opened at 60½. Station Casinos opened the Ohio State-Georgia game at 61.

The total for TCU-Michigan jumped to 60 at the SuperBook, up from the opening number of 59½. Station has the total at 60.

Georgia (13-0) is looking to become the first repeat national champion since Alabama in 2011-12. The Bulldogs won all but one of their games by double digits, including pounding Louisiana State 50-30 in the Southeastern Conference title game Saturday as 17½-point favorites.

Michigan (13-0) rolled past Purdue 43-22 in Saturday’s Big Ten title game, covering as 15½-point favorites on a late touchdown. The Wolverines are making their second straight playoff appearance after losing to Georgia in the semifinals last season.

TCU (12-1) lost to Kansas State 31-28 in overtime in the Big 12 championship game as a slight underdog, but was selected on the strength of its regular-season results. Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy in a wide-open race.

Ohio State (11-1) backed into the playoff when Southern California was blown out by Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday. The Buckeyes lost 45-23 to Michigan as 9-point home favorites on Nov. 26 in their last game.

Alabama (10-2) missed out on the playoff despite lobbying from coach Nick Saban and losses to Tennessee and Louisiana State by a combined four points.

Georgia is the -120 favorite at the SuperBook to repeat as national champion. Michigan is the +290 second choice, Ohio State is 4-1, and TCU is 18-1.

Caesars Sportsbook listed odds for the remaining New Year’s Six bowl games. Utah is a 1½-point favorite over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, Clemson is a 5-point favorite over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl, Alabama is a 5-point favorite over Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl, and USC is pick’em against Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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