New Year's Day College Football Playoff Semifinals:  Open Thread
January 1, 2015

Welcome to the new College Football Playoff semifinals where we'll have #2 Oregon vs #3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl and #1 Alabama vs #4 Ohio State after which the two winners will meet for the National Title game.

At this point Vegas is leaning for the underdogs.

The early money in Las Vegas was on the underdogs in the College Football Playoff semifinals. But it was all square.

That was the story coming out of sportsbooks heading into Thursday. The majority of the money that had been wagered on the semifinals was on Florida State and Ohio State, but it was all small public bets. The big money, according to the books, hadn't arrived yet.
That could change, as book managers estimate that 80-90 percent of the action on the New Year's Day Bowls will be placed Thursday.

The action on the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Ohio State mirrored that of the Rose Bowl, with public bettors siding with the underdog Buckeyes heading into game day. Alabama was an 8.5-point favorite over the Buckeyes almost everywhere in Las Vegas as of Thursday morning. It's the 68th consecutive game the Crimson Tide have been favored, a streak that dates back to the 2009 SEC championship game against Florida.

There are plenty of other bowl games being played today also so have at it.

How do you like the new system and who will win?

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