The 2021 college football season is on our doorstep. This page will serve as a one-stop shop for betting the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship. What teams will compete this coming season for a National Championship?
The Alabama Crimson Tide took home their 18th National Championship last season by beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24.
College football odds: 2021-22
Here is a look at college football odds to win the National Championship for 2021-22.
College Football odds: Futures report
Alabama (): Alabama left no doubts in their Week 1 evisceration of top-15 Miami. The defense was suffocating, the offense hummed, and Bryce Young looked every bit of a Heisman contender that we expected.
Georgia (): The Dawgs made a statement on national television when they held Clemson to three points. Georgia showed they have the nation’s best pass rush and what they’re capable of against college football’s best teams. They put the offensive woes to bed in Week 2 where they scored 56 on UAB.
Oklahoma (): Despite a fourth-quarter scare against Tulane, Oklahoma is in a good spot to make a run at the College Football Playoff. The Sooners set cruise control early, giving up 35 points to the Green Wave. In a weak Big 12, Oklahoma should be just fine.
Ohio State (): It was a tough Week 2 for Buckeye fans as Ohio State dropped their first regular season game since October 2018. Ranked Oregon exploited a struggling Buckeyes defense and cast doubt in their Playoff hopes early.
Clemson (): The Tigers have looked flat in both of their first two games against FBS opponents. Through eight quarters (against Georgia, Georgia Tech), Clemson has scored just two touchdowns. It’s concerning for Tigers believers, especially watching expected star D.J. Ugialelei isn’t living up to the hype.
The Long shots
Oregon (): For the first time since 2014, the Ducks are looking like a national power. In their huge win over Ohio State, Oregon showed prowess in both coaching and defense– a recipe for success in college football on a national scale.
Texas A&M (): The offense has some serious issues. Haynes King went down with an injury and the Aggies mustered just 10 points in a clunker win over Colorado. The defense is set, but will A&M be able to keep pace with other SEC powers?
Penn State (): The Nittany Lions have stood their ground twice– on the road against top-15 Wisconsin and at home against ranked Auburn. The offense has a ways to go to be competitive nationally, but the defense is one of the country’s best. After a quick hiatus, Penn State is back.
Basics of NCAA football futures
Sports betting is legal in several US States, with more legislation moving towards legalization every day. There are several sportsbooks with user-friendly apps that are available to serve as a platform for betting on NCAA futures.
When a sport is in season, the “Futures” tab can usually be found next to the game lines. But if you want to bet on the CFP before the season starts, most books will bring you right to the Futures section.
The odds for each team are primarily indicated in two ways. Most books will list a team as a +200 favorite, indicating that a $100 bet on that team to win the national title will pay out $200 if successful.
Some books list those odds as 2/1, but the math is the same. Those books will use those odds as fractions as well. As an example, a team listed as an 11/2 favorite to win the title would pay out 5.5x the investment. That same multiplier would be listed as +550 under the other format.
These odds can change throughout the season and even during the preseason if any news surfaces about injuries, transfers, or scandals related to the athletic department or coaching staff of a program.
History and favorites
Due to the top-heavy recruiting system in place for college football programs, it is extremely rare for an unknown team to win the national title.
But Ohio State was the fourth-ranked team in the field of four when it won the 2014 CFP title.
There is some value to be found if you’re willing to bet against the consensus favorites, which are currently Clemson and Alabama. There is also value if you find the right sportsbook on which to take one of those favorites, so be sure to shop around for the best odds at online books.
When it comes time to bet the actual matchup in the College Football Playoff title game, keep in mind that the underdog had won or covered the spread in all five championships until LSU’s convincing victory in 2020. Also, five of those six title games have gone over the assigned point total.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I bet on the College Football Playoff in the US?
Sports betting is legal and live at Nevada sportsbooks, Delaware sportsbooks, New Jersey Sportsbooks, Mississippi sportsbooks, West Virginia sportsbooks, Pennsylvania sportsbooks, New York sportsbooks, Iowa sportsbooks, Arkansas sportsbooks, Colorado sportsbooks, Michigan sportsbooks, Illinois sportsbooks, Tennessee sportsbooks and Rhode Island sportsbooks. Several other states have legislation in the works or are moving towards legalizing sports gambling.
Who is the favorite to win the CFP in 2021-22?
Alabama is the favorite to repeat as champions in 2021 in opening lines across sportsbooks at +350. No team has won the National Championship after being named opening favorites (Clemson was the favorite in 2020-21, Alabama was the favorite in 2019-20), but Alabama looks like the first team ready to do so.
When is the 2022 College Football Playoff?
The College Football Playoff is scheduled to begin on Dec. 31, 2021 with two national semifinals (Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl). The CFP National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022 in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is scheduled for the Sunday before the beginning of Bowl Season annually, with the first CFP rankings released in mid-November.