Clemson, Ohio State Open As 2020-21 College Football Betting Favorites

Posted By Brett Gibbons on January 19, 2020 - Last Updated on February 20, 2020

The 2019-20 season is firmly in the books, so it’s already time to look ahead to next season.

How does the departure of Joe Burrow affect LSU’s title chances for next season? Who leads the odds for the next Heisman Trophy? The 2020-21 season is only 228 days away, so get your bets in while you can.

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Early odds to win 2021 National Championship

College Football Champion

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Clemson
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+250
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+200
Ohio State
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+250
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+350
LSU
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+600
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+1400
Alabama
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+700
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+700
Georgia
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+800
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+750
Florida
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+2500
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+2500
Notre Dame
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+2500
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+2000
Texas
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+5000
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+2500
Oklahoma
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+5000
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+3000
Wisconsin
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+5000
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+3000
Penn State
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+5000
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+5000
USC
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+6600
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+2500
Texas A&M
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+6600
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+3000
Iowa
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+6600
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+5000
Michigan
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+6600
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+5000
Auburn
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+6600
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+6000
Washington
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+8000
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+10000
Iowa State
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+10000
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+8000
Nebraska
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+10000
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+6000
Oregon
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+10000
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+8000

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook posted futures odds for the 2020-21 season even before Clemson and LSU kicked off in the championship game.

Clemson, which returns superstar Trevor Lawrence, unsurprisingly tops the list to play in their fifth title game in six years and win their third championship. As long as Dabo Swinney coaches, the Tigers will be at or near the top of the odds. Clemson also has a relatively easy out of conference schedule and goes through the mundane routine of the ACC.

Ohio State was very nearly the Fiesta Bowl’s representative in the National Championship game and is well-deserving of a spot with Clemson at the top of DraftKings (and just below at FanDuel). The Buckeyes return most of their young talent and have an early chance to re-establish their dominance Week 2 at Oregon, who finished sixth in the regular season and won the Rose Bowl. They may be destined for a rematch with Clemson in the 2020-21 playoff.

Despite losing Tua Tagovailoa to the NFL Draft, Alabama is a perennial contender, as is Georgia. The defending champion, LSU, loses a lot of talent, including transcendent quarterback Joe Burrow, who finished with 60 passing touchdowns (60!). While not an afterthought, LSU will be fighting an uphill battle some next season.

Maybe surprising to some is the apparent lack of Oklahoma (+3000), which sits with Texas A&M and Wisconsin. After being run out of the building by LSU, the Sooners could see a “break” from the playoff similar to Ohio State in 2017 after being beat 31-0 by Clemson. Another notable snub is Oregon (+8000), which is tied with Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Stanford. The PAC-12 is projected to be wide-open, but Oregon finished as the Rose Bowl champion and top-six in the regular-season poll.

The usual suspects creep into the top, with Notre Dame, Texas, and USC making their annual inexplicable appearances. Maybe tradition got them there, maybe annual hype did, but caution should be conferred with these teams (who combined for a 0.692 record and zero New Year’s Six bowls in 2019).

Early odds to win Heisman

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Ohio State’s Justin Fields (+175) leads the field for the Heisman, followed by Clemson star Trevor Lawrence (+550). A popular darkhorse pick this past season, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (+1200) is back at the top of the odds, tied with Oklahoma’s upcoming sophomore Spencer Rattler (+1200). The quarterback-exclusive list is rounded out by Georgia transfer Jamie Newman (+1600), Texas star Sam Ehlinger (+1600), SEC Freshman of the Year Bo Nix (+2000), USC’s Kedon Slovis (+2000), and “free agent” transfer D’Eriq King (+2500).

Read more on the opening 2020 Heisman trophy odds here.

What is futures betting?

Futures betting is precisely what it sounds like, which is betting on future outcomes. This can be a week in advance or, in these cases, almost a year in advance. Futures are risky, as injuries, transfers, and coaching changes can dramatically change the field of competition. However, they can pay off nicely for those who have premonitions about teams before Vegas and the country catch on.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s covered college sports for Fansided, Stadium Journey, and several independent outlets over the past three years. A graduate of BGSU, Brett currently works on-site at Google as a shift lead for content curation products.

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