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Alabama, Georgia open as sizeable favorites in CFP semis

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Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs after a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs after a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Alabama has opened as a 13.5-point favorite over No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl, according to the consensus Vegas odds.

Meanwhile, in the other College Football Playoff semifinal matchup, No. 3 Georgia is a 7.5-point favorite over No. 2 Michigan in the Orange Bowl.

Notre Dame, which was the first team left out of the four-team playoff, finds itself as a 1.5-point favorite against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Elsewhere, the Rose Bowl features Ohio State as a 6.5-point favorite over Utah, and the Sugar Bowl matchup has Ole Miss favored by 2 over Baylor.

After Alabama-Cincinnati, the second-largest spread of bowl season comes in the New Mexico Bowl, where Fresno State is favored by 13 over UTEP.

Two bowl matchups — Virginia-SMU in the Fenway Bowl and Miami-Washington State in the Sun Bowl — are considered an early pick’em.

–Field Level Media