College Football starts this Saturday on August 24 when the Miami Hurricanes battle the Florida Gators. That game is followed by Arizona at Hawaii. From August 24 until Jan. 13, 2020, football fans are going to be college football crazy. That’s a good thing! Check out the updated 2020 College Football National Championship odds and analysis.
Updated 2020 College Football National Championship Odds – August 20th Edition
- When: 13, 2019
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Odds to Win the 2020 College Football National Championship
- Clemson +180
- Alabama +220
- Georgia +750
- Ohio State +900
- Oklahoma +1300
- Michigan +1300
- LSU +2600
- Texas +2800
- Florida +3500
- Auburn +4000
- Notre Dame +4200
- Oregon +4500
- Washington +5000
- Texas A&M +5500
- Nebraska +6000
- Utah +6300
Between Clemson and Alabama, which team deserves more consideration to win the 2020 College Football National Championship?
This one’s tough because Clemson plays in, arguably, the worst Power 5 conference in football. The ACC isn’t just bad. It’s horrendous. Last season, Pittsburgh made it to the ACC Championship with a 7-7 overall record. This season, Miami is going through a lot of changes, Florida State could be awful, while Virginia and Virginia Tech are favored to win the ACC Coastal Division.
That doesn’t mean Clemson has an easy road to going undefeated. We’ll know right away if this year’s Clemson team is as good as last year’s because they play Texas A&M on Sep. 7 and Syracuse a week later. Both will be tough games.
Not only that, but Clemson won last year’s National Championship behind the best defensive line in college football. Not this season as all of those players have gone on to the NFL.
Alabama has a much tougher road to the College Football Playoff than Clemson does. Bama must travel to Texas A&M and to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. They face LSU at home this season. The Crimson Tide, though, can make their own way. The tougher schedule means an undefeated season makes Alabama the best team in the nation. They will have beaten either Georgia or Florida in the SEC Championship.
The Crimson Tide offer more risk, but also offer much better odds. They’re the wiser choice among the two powerhouse football teams.
Which team among Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Michigan has the best shot at winning the championship?
Most look to Georgia, but like Clemson, Georgia had turnover on the defensive side of the football. The Bulldogs’ schedule is difficult. They face Notre Dame and Texas A&M at home and Tennessee, Florida, and Auburn on the road. The game against Florida on Nov. 2 is key. The Gators are solid this season and head into it off a 41-15 pasting of Michigan in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl.
Speaking of Michigan, they most definitely deserve a look to win the National Championship. Let’s write off Ohio State right now because the Buckeyes aren’t sure who their starting quarterback will be. The Wolverines are solid and take on the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor. It’s now or never for Jim Harbaugh.
While Michigan has a good shot, the team to consider among the four is Oklahoma. Like always, the Big 12 is deep. That just means the Sooners will have earned their spot in the CFP. Also, Jalen Hurts is going to make every Oklahoma fan forget the names Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He’s a talented guy who learned under Nick Saban and now gets into a quarterback-centric system.
Which team between LSU at +2600 and Oregon +4500 offers the best value to win the National Championship?
Most probably say Oregon because they play in the somewhat soft Pac 12. Nope. At Stanford, at Washington, at USC, and at ASU. The Ducks lose 2 of those 4 road games.
The great thing about playing in the SEC is that if you get hot, you can earn your way to the CFP. LSU can do that with a non-conf battle against Texas, and SEC games versus Florida, Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M. LSU probably isn’t good enough, but they’re a better choice than Oregon.
Which team among Washington, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Utah can win the 2020 College Football National Championship?
This one is easy. Utah is an overlay at +6300. The Utes return their quarterback, top running back, a great wide receiver in Britain Covey, and a solid tackle in Darrin Paulo. The defensive line could be the best in the nation while overall the defense is a Top 5 unit. The schedule? Soft like McDonald’s ice cream with only a road game at Washington to fear. So, yes, the Utes can go undefeated.
Is there a team not listed with a longshot chance of winning the National Championship?
Syracuse offers +15000 odds. The odds are fair, which means the ‘Cuse shouldn’t win the title. However, if Syracuse can get past Clemson early in the season, they might go undefeated. If they go undefeated and win the ACC, who knows?
Again, it’s a longshot, sort of like picking a pony to beat Secretariat, but at +15000 odds, the Orange are worth taking a chance on if you believe in miracles.