Clemson stays betting favorite despite drop in polls

Clemson has dropped to No. 2 in the polls, but the Tigers remain the betting favorite to win the national championship in most sportsbooks.

The AP and coaches polls soured somewhat on Clemson after it needed to stuff a late two-point conversion attempt to survive host North Carolina, 21-20 on Saturday. Alabama elevated from No. 2 to the top spot.

BetAmerica and FanDuel Sportsbook still have defending national champion Clemson as the betting leader at +180, meaning a $100 bet would return $180. DraftKings and PointsBet have the Tigers on top at similar odds (+200).

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has a differing opinion, with Alabama listed at +200, followed by Clemson at +275.

While the Tigers' 5-0 start hasn't been as impressive as those from other highly-ranked teams, the preseason No. 1 team still has the easiest path to the playoff with only one regular-season game remaining against a current Top 25 team -- at home versus No. 22 Wake Forest on Nov. 16.

Each sportsbook has the same eight teams at the top of the odds. After Clemson and Alabama, PointsBet lists Ohio State and Georgia (each +700), followed by Oklahoma and LSU (each +1100), Wisconsin (+2200) and Auburn (+4000).

While Clemson clings to its role as a betting favorite, support continues to erode for Tigers sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the preseason Heisman favorite.

He has fallen to as low as 11th in some sportsbooks, including BetAmerica, which has dropped him to +5000 after he was +200 at the start of the season. Lawrence has thrown five interceptions in 136 attempts, one more pick than he had all of last season on 397 throws. And he doesn't have any marquee games on the schedule that could help rehabilitate his Heisman candidacy.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the consensus Heisman frontrunner among the sportsbooks, including as low as +110 on DraftKings, while he's +150 on FanDuel and +175 at BetAmerica.

--Field Level Media