College Football Playoff Odds: Notre Dame The Most Popular Pick In The Country to Make Playoff

Notre Dame lost a ton of production from last year's team that made the College Football Playoff. Still, they're the most popular CFP pick on the market.
Brian Good
Wed, August 25, 12:40 PM EDT

College Football Playoff Odds: Notre Dame The Most Popular Pick In The Country to Make Playoff

No matter how good or bad the product is on a year-to-year basis, Notre Dame football will always be one of the most popular teams in the country.

Last year, the Fighting Irish shocked the world in the regular season, taking down mighty Clemson in the regular season and eventually earning a College Football Playoff berth. In the end, Alabama was too much for Notre Dame as they fell to the Tide, 31-14, in the Rose Bowl.

Still, last season was seen as a resounding success for the Irish, despite falling short of the ultimate goal and ending the season with two straight losses.

Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the Ian Book era is now over as their former starting QB has moved on to the NFL. So, expectations in South Bend should definitely be under control after losing their star QB, right?

Think again.

According to the latest College Football Playoff betting data from our friends over at BetMGM, Notre Dame is the most popular pick among bettors to make the playoffs this season.

Forget the fact that they’ve lost their starting quarterback. Notre Dame odds are now long enough where fans, and the betting public, consider them a good value.

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College Football Playoff Odds: Notre Dame’s Odds Slashed

So, we know that Notre Dame is the most backed team when it comes to the College Football Playoff odds market, but how much more popular are they than the second most popular pick?

According to our friends at BetMGM, 24.6% of all bets on a team to make the College Football Playoff have backed Notre Dame to make it back to the CFP. The second most popular team is Georgia with 13.5% of the public backing them. They’re followed by Iowa State at 12.3%.

As for which team has the most money on them, shockingly it’s none of the teams mentioned above.

32.6% of the handle is on Michigan to make the College Football Playoff. 27.2% of the money is on Notre Dame and 7.3% is on Georgia.

This overload of money and bets on Notre Dame to make the CFP has resulted in their odds being cut. The Irish started at +800 to make the College Football Playoff at BetMGM. Those odds are now down to +700.

Team CFP Odds Public Betting %
Notre Dame +700 24.6%
Georgia +170 13.5%
Iowa State +500 12.3%

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Team CFP Odds % Handle
Michigan +2700 32.6%
Notre Dame +700 27.2%
Georgia +170 7.3%

Notre Dame Key Returning Players

1. RB – Kyren Williams

2. S – Kyle Hamilton

3. OL – Jarrett Patterson

4. CB – Clarence Lewis

5. WR – Avery Davis

It’s tough to find key returning players on Notre Dame’s team this season, which makes it all more shocking to see them so heavily backed.

Their No. 1 returning player has to be considered Kyren Williams. Last season’s standout running back is back in South Bend and looking to add to his 1,125 yards rushing on a crazy 5.3 YPC from last season.

All-American Safety Kyle Hamilton is back and will look to anchor a solid secondary and offensive lineman Jarrett Paterson also returns. Outside of that, there aren’t a ton of impact started coming back for Notre Dame in 2021.

2021 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Date Time Opponent Location TV
Sep-05 7:30 p.m. at Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium ABC
Sep-11 2:30 p.m. Toledo Notre Dame Stadium Peacock
Sep-18 2:30 p.m. Purdue Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Sep-25 12:00 p.m. vs. Wisconsin Soldier Field Fox
Oct-02 2:30 p.m. Cincinnati Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Oct-09 TBA at Virginia Tech Lane Stadium ACCN
Oct-23 7:30 p.m. USC Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Oct-30 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Nov-06 3:30 p.m. Navy Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Nov-13 TBA at Virginia Scott Stadium TBA
Nov-20 2:30 p.m. Georgia Tech Notre Dame Stadium NBC
Nov-27 TBA at Stanford Stanford Stadium TBA
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