Just a few #NCAAF teams with better opening odds to win the 2020 #CollegeFootballPlayoff than Texas A&M (+16000) via @FDSportsbook:— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) January 8, 2019
Oklahoma State (+10000)
A&M has double the odds of Nebraska, who didn't even make a bowl game this year. The odds are saying that a 2018 Cornhuskers team that started 0-6 and finished 4-8 is twice as likely to win it all next year than this 9-4 Texas A&M team heading into next season.
It is a bit ridiculous, but before we get too outraged let's take a look at the Aggies' schedule for next season.
The Aggies have to travel to Clemson and take on the reigning champs at Death Valley in Week 2, then two weeks later they play Auburn. After a bye week, they welcome Alabama to Kyle Field. The schedule weakens a bit in the middle of the season, but the Aggies finish the year by traveling to Georgia and LSU in consecutive weeks.
That's three very difficult road games and a matchup with Alabama. That's at least four games where they'll be underdogs and we don't know how good the other SEC teams will be next year.
It's a tough break for an Aggies team that does seem to be moving in the right direction. On the other hand, if they can take two or even three of these games, they'll likely be playing in a New Year's Six Bowl and maybe even the CFP with that strength of schedul.
But as we enter the new season, the odds are certainly not in Texas A&M's favor.
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