If oddsmakers are correct, Nick Saban (left) will lead Alabama to face Urban Meyer and Ohio State for the national championship in Atlanta in January. (Photo, AP)

If Vegas is right, Bama will play Ohio State for title

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Today is the first day of August and that means only one thing to pigskin fans — football is back.

College football teams across the country have started preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.

With the dawn of each new season, the big questions that will go unanswered, at least until December rolls around, is who will be the top teams in each conference? Who will make it to the College Football Playoff?

While there are many answers, nay predictions, for those questions, the drama that unfolds from coast-to-coast throughout the course of the season will eventually lead us to the correct answers.

Odds to win national title

Alabama 2.5-1

Ohio State 3-1

USC 7-1

Florida State 8-1

Oklahoma 15-1

LSU 15-1

Penn State 20-1

Washington 20-1

Wisconsin 20-1


Other SEC teams (National title)

Georgia 25-1

Auburn 30-1

Florida 50-1

Tennessee 80-1

Texas A&M 100-1


Western Kentucky 1,000-1


Odds to win SEC

Alabama 4-7

Auburn 6-1

LSU 6.5-1

Georgia 8-1

Florida 9-1

Tennessee 18-1


Odds to win C-USA

Western Kentucky 5-7

La. Tech 6-1

Middle Tenn. 6-1

UTSA 7-1

USM 10-1

Old Dominion 12-1


CFP predictions

If the oddsmakers are right, and that’s not always a safe bet, then the four teams (and how they would be seeded based on preseason odds) that would make the CFP would be this:

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Ohio State

No. 3 USC

No. 4 Oklahoma

But to stoke the fire a little and add to the argument of preseason predictions, prior to the start of the 2016 season here is how the oddsmakers had the Top 4 teams that would make up the CFP before the first kick off of last year:

No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Oklahoma

No. 3 Clemson

No. 4 Ohio State

Of the four teams listed as the favorites to win it all last year, only Oklahoma did not make it to the CFP. So, who will be the one left out this year if Vegas again goes 3 for 4?

Let the debating begin.