Early Betting Odds For The 2020 College Football Championship
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
Picking the winner of the annual college football national title was down to a coin toss between the ACC’s Clemson Tigers or the SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide from 2015 through 2018 with each team winning a pair of championships.
They were clearly the two most dominant programs in Division IA football.
During that four-season span, they met head-to-head in the College Football Playoff Championship three times, with Clemson winning two of them.
The SEC’s LSU Tigers shook things up this past season by beating the Crimson Tide in the regular season before upending Clemson in the title game. The early betting odds to win next season’s college football national title opens the door for a few more new faces to join the party.
Under the strong guidance of Dabo Swinney as head coach, Clemson could be the premier football power in the nation. Taking nothing away from Nick Saban’s amazing accomplishments coaching Alabama, the LSU Tigers have established themselves as the team to beat heading into a new season.
The Clemson Tigers’ futures odds to win their third title in five seasons are the best on the board at +225.
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Joe Burrow at quarterback was the difference for LSU this past season, but he is moving on to the NFL. Trevor Lawrence is committed to one more season at quarterback for Clemson and that adds quite a bit of value to these odds.
Second on the early list is the Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes at +300 odds. They came close to getting past Clemson in a 29-23 loss in the playoff semifinal to close out the 2019 season at 13-1.
With the return of their Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Fields, the Buckeyes should remain right in the mix for the 2020 title.
The best value on the early NCAAF futures board would have to be Alabama as a +600 third-favorite.
The only real question mark is Mac Jones’ ability to run the offense on a full time basis with Tua Tagovailoa also headed to the NFL. As one of the Heisman favorites, Jones should be a seamless transition for the Tide given their amazing ability to plug major holes at every position every season.
With a final 2019 CFP ranking of No. 8 as just the fourth-best team in the SEC behind No. 1 LSU, No. 4 Georgia and even No. 6 Florida, look for Alabama to be back with a vengeance 2020.
Betting the Best of the Rest
Both Georgia and LSU are next on the list at +800 followed by Florida at longer +1400 odds.
Things start to drop off from there with a host of teams set at +3000 odds to win. Headlining that six-team list are the Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners along with the Pac-12’s Oregon Ducks and the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The other three teams at +3000 are the Big Ten’s Penn State Nittany Lions and the SEC’s Texas A&M Aggies and Auburn Tigers. Also worth mentioning are Texas and Michigan at +4000.
With the exception of the Georgia Bulldogs as another national power, you would have to believe that all the other teams in the Best of the Rest category are playing for second at best.
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