Early Betting on College Football’s Biggest 2020 Showdowns

The outbreak of the coronavirus has shutdown live sporting events for the foreseeable future. However, this virus cannot shutdown sports betting at the top-rated online sportsbooks.

As true pioneers and innovators of the modern sports betting industry, these online betting venues remained determined to fill their board with betting options for every major sport.


Other than NCAAF futures odds to win the 2020 College Football Playoff Championship and early Heisman Trophy odds, the college football board has been basically barren. The lack of spring football and the annual spring games have not helped the cause. Still, there are certain online books going all out to add to that list anyway they can.

Forging forward in a bold move, you can now bet on the opening spread for the biggest showdowns on the slate for the upcoming 2020 season.

From early September right through the end of the regular season schedule, there is a long list of college football betting options on the board at a few prominent online betting venues.

The road to LSU’s national title in 2019 included a stunning 46-41 road victory against SEC rival Alabama on Nov. 9 as a five-point underdog.

The Tigers went on to beat Georgia 37-10 in the SEC title game as seven-point favorites.


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The crown jewel in the straight-up 15-0 run was a convincing 42-25 victory over the Clemson Tigers in the national championship game. LSU closed as a 4.5-point favorite.

LSU vs. the Tide

One of the big reasons for that team’s incredible success last season was Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. The prized quarterback is expected to be the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Fast-forwarding to this season’s SEC West showdown between Alabama and LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Crimson Tide have been opened as three-point road favorites.

With Burrow playing football on Sundays this season, the early lean goes to Alabama seeking revenge for a loss that derailed its 2019 title hopes.

Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions

The Big Ten’s Ohio State Buckeyes are high on the NCAAF futures list to win the 2020 national title behind Heisman hopeful Justin Fields at quarterback. Their biggest competition in conference play should come from Penn State as the next Big Ten team on the championship futures board. Both teams reside in the East Division, so an annual meeting is always on the schedule.

Going back over the recent betting trends in this series, Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 meetings SU but Penn State has the slight 6-4 edge ATS when looking at the NCAAF Betting Odds and Lines. The Nittany Lions have covered in the last four meetings while losing the last three games SU.

This season’s showdown will take place in State College on Saturday, Oct. 24. The opening line on the board favors Ohio State by three points. Once again, the early lean goes towards the road favorites as the better all-around team. This may be the top two teams in the Big Ten this season but the gap between the two teams remains rather wide.

Sooners vs. Longhorns

The biggest rivalry in the Big 12 is the annual Red River Showdown between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns. It is traditionally played at a neutral site and this year’s game on Saturday, Oct. 10. will be contested in Dallas at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

The Longhorns have the overall SU edge at 62-48-5 in 115 previous meetings.

More recently, Oklahoma has won four of the last five meetings SU as part of a 7-3 record over 10 games. This includes the Sooners’ victory in the 2018 Big 12 title game. Texas has been the best bet since the 2013 season with a 7-1 edge ATS.

The opening spread for this year’s game favors Oklahoma by 3.5 points. This time around, I am taking the underdog and the points. Texas has more than proven it can keep this game closer than the oddsmakers expect.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.