College football title odds: Clemson favored over Ohio State, Alabama but Oregon, Texas are best futures bets

Updated college football title odds for 2020 have Clemson as the slight betting favorite over Ohio State and Alabama. But these two are the best futures bets.

Dabo Swinney‘s Clemson Tigers are the betting favorites to win the college football national title. Las Vegas Westlake Sportsbook has its college football odds at 1/2 for Clemson to win the national title for the second time in three years and third time in five years.

Clemson lost to Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in last year’s National Championship Game. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne return for Clemson who should have the easiest path to the College Football Playoff as a benefit of playing in a weak ACC.

Ohio State is second to Clemson with 2/3 odds. The Buckeyes lost to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl last year. Justin Fields returns and is the leading Heisman candidate with Lawrence.

A Clemson-Ohio State National Championship Game would be the best possible game on paper, at least, in March.

Alabama missed the playoff for the first time last year but the perennial favorites come in with the third-best national title odds at 4/5.

Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III are among the biggest losses for Nick Saban’s team, but running back Najee Harris could get a Derrick Henry-like workload as Mac Jones or freshman Bryce Young assumes the starting quarterback job.

Even the casual college football fan could guess Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama would be the leading favorites, but they’d also likely be unsurprised to see the usual suspects rounding out the list of betting favorites.

College football title odds

  • Oklahoma, 5/4
  • Georgia, 3/2
  • LSU, 2/1
  • Notre Dame, 11/4
  • Florida, 7/2
  • Texas, 4/1
  • Texas A&M, 4/1
  • Auburn, 5/1
  • Oregon, 5/1
  • Penn State, 6/1
  • Michigan, 13/2

There may not be many fluctuations between now and the summer without spring practices or spring games across the nation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Students may not report back to campus until May 4 in the Big Ten or until June, as Auburn announced a June 1 report date for students.

Without practices, games, players to evaluate, there won’t be big changes at least in the college football title odds. So this is your time to get in early and make a futures bet.

Clemson is the favorite and would be my pick to win the national title in March, but you’re not going to net much of a return with the betting favorite. There’s not a lot to be gained backing Ohio State either. So my National Championship Game prediction is already washed when it comes to betting.

Even Alabama who is annually a chalk pick has some risk with a big unknown at quarterback, so they aren’t a slam dunk no-brainer team to put $100 on. I’d wait until the summer provided there is a full summer training camp to see how the quarterback competition plays out before going all-in on a title run or not.

The next wave of teams is all pretenders in my mind. Oklahoma has to replace Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb on offense and Kenneth Murray and Neville Gallimore on an already-suspect defense. Sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler might continue the Lincoln Riley school of Heisman finalists but Baker Mayfield and Hurts were never able to win in the playoff.

LSU lost too much to be a serious contender. They had the best year in program history and Joe Burrow had the best season any quarterback has ever had. You don’t lose him and repeat. I’m not putting any money on LSU to win the national title.

Georgia with Wake Forest transfer quarterback Jamie Newman is intriguing but I have too many concerns about the offense and whether it can score in bunches with the nation’s elite offenses so they’re out.

Notre Dame, Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and Michigan have too many flaws, questions and unknowns that won’t inspire bettors to invest in them.

That said, LSU was 20/1 odds to win the national title in July last year. No one knew what Burrow was about to do. So if Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are chalk, the race to be No. 4 could be a team that comes from that second or third wave of teams.

Texas and Oregon fit that profile the best.

The Longhorns have quarterback Sam Ehlinger returning for his senior year. He’s the type of elite individual talent that can win a conference, especially when Oklahoma might be resetting this year.

Oregon won the Pac-12 last year and was a last-second loss in the season-opener vs. Auburn from playing in the playoff. The Pac-12 is weak and the Ducks should have a manageable path to the playoff if they are able to replace Justin Herbert under center.

My best futures bet now is Texas at 4/1 and Oregon at 5/1.

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