Alabama and Ohio State took care of business. On January 1, the Crimson Tide beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish while the Ohio State Buckeyes pummeled the Clemson Tigers. Check out an early odds analysis of the championship game so you can get all ready to make your bets against their CFP National Championship odds.
Early Week Analysis for 2021 CFP National Championship Odds
2021 College Football National Championship
- When: Monday, Jan. 11 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
- TV: ESPN
2021 CFP National Championship Odds
How did Alabama get to the College Football Playoff?
Starting with their first game of the season on September 26, the Alabama Crimson Tide have dominated opponents on their way to an undefeated season. Counting the 31-14 destruction of Notre Dame, the Tide have won 12 games this season.
That’s close to remarkable considering that many teams, including their January 11 opponent, had to cancel games in 2020. Alabama dominated their toughest rivals, LSU, Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M.
Versus Notre Dame, most had the feeling that Bama could have won by 60 points if they chose. Quarterback Mac Jones completed 25-of-30 for 297 yards and 4 TDs. Wide receiver Devonta Smith, who is likely to win the Heisman this week, caught 7 passes for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns.
How did Ohio State make it to the College Football Playoff?
The Ohio State Buckeyes started their season close to a month after Alabama started theirs. Although the Buckeyes only played five regular season games and in the Big Ten Championship, they managed to grab a bid to the College Football Playoff.
In the CFP, Ohio State rolled over the 2-ranked Clemson Tigers. The game wasn’t even close. Perhaps, Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney shouldn’t have ranked Ohio State eleventh heading into the playoff.
After the 49-28 butt whipping, Sweeney said he has no regrets about showing so much disrespect. It backfired in a huge way, though, and Dabo, now, won’t win a second title with quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
By beating Clemson, the Buckeyes secured their seventh win of the season. It’s by no means a lock that Ohio State can hang with Alabama. But unlike the Tide, the Buckeyes should be well-rested because they’ve played 5 less games.
So far sports bettors are yelling, “Roll Tide!”
Ohio State has some big advantages heading into this game, including an energized quarterback in Justin Fields. The likely Top 10 NFL Draft pick has played well this season. If the Buckeyes had played in more games, he’d be a Heisman Trophy contender for sure.
Fields’ should have no trouble taking it to the Bama defense. Per the early betting, though, it won’t be enough. Most players have dumped on Alabama, driving the favorites from -7 ½ to -8.
Nobody has shown an ability to hang with the Mac Jones to Devonta Smith connection. That, more than anything, could be the reason the Crimson Tide are such big favorites to win the title. So far, college football handicappers believe the Tide cover in a high-scoring game.