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If Utah or Oregon sneaked into the College Football Playoff, that would be a big underdog for the current national super powers.

That is the conclusion of oddsmaker Power Ratings from toppers posted this week by Circa Sports, the first sportsbook to release raw figures to make weekly point spreads.

A brief look at Circa & # 39; s ratings for the top four teams:

Best four: Ohio State 111.25, Clemson 109.75, Louisiana State 107, Alabama 106.25.

That quartet is on an island, more than four points better than any other competitor. For only one loss, the four have combined the Alabama defeat by LSU on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

How do those forces match the best of the Pac-12? Approximately four Pac-12 teams placed in the top 25: Utah 97.25, Oregon 95.5, Washington 89.75, Washington State 85.25.

When the Utes and the ducks meet for the Pac-12 championship at Levi & # 39; s stadium in Santa Clara, Utah would probably prefer 1.5 to 2 points. If the winner makes a bid for the College Football Playoff, it would be an underdog with two touchdowns to Ohio State or Clemson and an underdog with 10 points for LSU or Alabama.

Such differences show the difficulties faced by the selection committee. Should the "best" teams in the field of talent, coaching and championship potential be invited? Or do smaller teams with identical or better won lost records deserve the nod?

A fascinating debate could soon arise about who deserves a bid – a Pac-12 champion with one loss or an Alabama with one loss? If gambling markets were used to call, there would be no debate.

Other entries from the top 25 of Circa:

Oklahoma 101.75, Georgia 101.50, Penn State 97, Auburn 96, Michigan 95.75, Wisconsin 95.75, Florida 93.75, Iowa State 92.25, Notre Dame 90.75, Texas A&M 89.5, Baylor 89, Minnesota 88.5, Iowa 87.75, Central Florida 87.75, Texas 87.25, Oklahoma State 87, Texas Christian 85.5.

Baylor and Minnesota are 9-0 and can crash the game, despite having rated more than two touchdowns worse than the big four. Baylor is a 10-point home underdog for Oklahoma on Saturday. Minnesota may be a triple underdog in the state of Ohio when they meet for the Big Ten championship.

Market notes

  • UCLA is still expected to end up as a 21-point underdog on Saturday in Utah. Sharps (professional gamblers) would probably take the big underdog to +21.5 or more if the audience raises the number higher on the day of the game.
  • USC continues to receive keen support, starting as a 4.5 point favorite in California and betting up to 6.5 points. The key number seven may be needed to inspire underdog support at home.
  • Sharps take Chicago +7 against the Rams when it is available. That line is now expected to close at Rams -6.5, except for the latest news about injuries.
  • The chargers are on fire in Monday night's game with the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City. They received the money at the early opener of +4.5 and continue to do so in stores with +4. It seems that Philip Rivers is late in the field every week. The soft defense of Kansas City has problems protecting leads.
  • In the NBA, Atlanta Hawks scoring phenomenon Trae Young will do back-to-back performances at the Staples Center on Saturday against the Clippers and Sunday against the Lakers, provided that tax management and health allow. Young scored 42 points Tuesday in the Hawks ’upset from Denver that covers the spread with 14.5 points.
  • The Lakers and the Clippers closed their first 10 games with identical 7-3 point-spread records. Only Phoenix redeemed more tickets in that period.

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