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Notre Dame Beating Oklahoma in CFP Championship Would Offer A Huge Payout

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter the College Football Playoffs as the #3 seed. Photo by Ken Lund (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Bovada is offering odds on the exact outcome of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game
  • The highest-paying odds on either outcome come from a Notre Dame-Oklahoma final
  • Clemson and Alabama, the other two semifinalists, have split the last three national championships

Do the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a fighting chance of winning the National Championship? Will the Oklahoma Sooners capture a national title sooner rather than later?

If you are a fan of either of those teams defeating the other in the final of the College Football Playoff, then Bovada has a wager for you.

The sportsbook is giving odds on every possible College Football Playoff National Championship outcome and either equation featuring a Notre Dame-Oklahoma final offer the most lucrative payouts.

College Football Playoff National Championship Game Exact Result Odds

Outcome Odds on College Football Playoff Championship Game Exact Result at Bovada
Alabama beats Clemson -135
Clemson beats Alabama +350
Alabama beats Notre Dame +450
Clemson beats Oklahoma +650
Oklahoma beats Clemson +1600
Notre Dame beats Alabama +1800
Oklahoma beats Notre Dame +2200
Notre Dame beats Oklahoma +2800

*Odds taken 12/17

Oklahoma’s last national title was earned in 2000. Notre Dame was most recently national champions in 1988.

The Oklahoma Heisman Jinx

It’s not true that schools don’t win a National Championship and produce a Heisman Trophy winner in the same season.

In fact, it’s happened 15 times, most recently in 2015, when Alabama won the national title and Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry was awarded the Heisman.

What doesn’t ever come in pairs is Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners and Oklahoma national titles.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the seventh Sooner to pick up the Hesiman. Oklahoma has also earned seven national championships. But the Sooners have never combined the two in the same season.

Is Notre Dame For Real?

This is the annual question posed about Notre Dame.

Experts scoff at the strength of the Fighting Irish’s schedule and aren’t as impressed by their 12-0 mark as they are by the 13-0 Alabama posted facing mainly SEC opposition, or the 13-0 of Clemson in the ACC .

Even the legendary Notre Dame-USC rivalry no longer carries the gravitas it once did.

As college football’s last major independent, we’re never really certain of how good Notre Dame is until the Irish get to bowl season.

And as we saw the last time Notre Dame got this far, as the No. 1-ranked team in 2012 until they were throttled 42-14 by No. 2 Alabama in the championship game, sometimes reality can take a harsh bite out of the Irish.

Is the Return Worth The Risk?

The thing about the Hail Mary play in football is that every once in a while, it works. But generally, it works against the Detroit Lions, and the Lions aren’t in the CFP.

Sure, the Notre Dame over Oklahoma payout would be a great outcome. So would winning the lottery, and that’s about as likely to happen as the Irish winning the national title over the Sooners.

If you want to play an upset, take Clemson over Alabama. At least there’s a recent history of that occurring.

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A veteran journalist, Bob Duff has written over two-dozen books, including authorized biographies of Johnny Bower, Desmond Howard and Gordie Howe. He has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, NBA Finals, March Madness and the Olympic Games.