We’re two months away from the start of the 2019-2020 college football season. The Clemson Tigers are the reigning champions and are the current favorites to repeat heading into the upcoming season. Alabama is not far behind. Even if those two perform to expectations and get into the College Football Playoff once again, that still leaves two more teams with a chance to win the title. This seasons National Championship Game takes place on January 13th, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. From favorites too longshots, who provides the best value, and who should you avoid?
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2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Odds
The top five teams in terms of odds are the Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Oklahoma Sooners. While everyone will be high on the Tigers and Tide, don’t sleep on the rest of these top contenders. Georgia has the number one overall recruiting class this year according to Rivals.com. Oklahoma is tied for the most incoming five-star recruits with four (LSU is the other). Add in the fact that Jalen Hurts is now a Sooner. This gives them one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Oklahoma is a legit contender this season.
Oklahoma is also returning 1,000-yard runner Kennedy Brooks and 1,100-yard receiver CeeDee Lamb. The Sooners offense is going to be one of the best in the country this season and their defense is returning 10 starters. The defense wasn’t what it has been in the past last season. With new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, I like the Sooner defense to improve greatly this season.
Anyone can blindly go with Clemson or Alabama again this season. However, I have my eyes on Oklahoma this upcoming season and like them as one of the top teams not named Clemson or Alabama to win this title this college football season. At 16-1 odds, the payout will be great.
If you want to maximize your value, there are about 79 teams with +25000 odds on the FanDuel Sportsbook. That is the equivalent of sports betting suicide. However, if you were to throw a $5 bet on any of those teams, my money would be on Army. If you want a legit contender with terrific value, you may want to look a little further up the odds board.
Washington State is a team to watch out for this season. Although they lost Gardner Minshew, who was second in the FBS in passing yards last season, they got a nice replacement in Gage Gubrud. Gubrud is coming in as a transfer from Eastern Washington and holds the record for the most single-season passing yards in FCS history (5,160). The Cougars are also returning a ton of players, especially on the offensive side. The Pac-12 hasn’t been the college football powerhouse that we are used to seeing in recent years. With a soft non-conference schedule and a less than stellar Pac-12, Washington State could certainly make a run at an undefeated season. Their offense should be fun to watch this year.
One mid-ranged team that could surprise everyone is Texas A&M. Jimbo Fisher did well in his first season as A&M’s new head coach, leading them to their best season in five years. The offense is coming back strong, despite losing the SEC leading rusher last season in Trayveon Williams. I like Kellen Mond to have a big season under center. The fact is, playing in the SEC gives you a big advantage over other conferences. Your schedule will be tough, but if you can get through it with only one loss, the CFP is almost a certainty. With a road game against Clemson this season, Texas A&M will have plenty of opportunities to put together a strong resume and sneak into the CFP. Texas A&M has the sixth-best recruiting class entering the season and is tied with Alabama with the most recruits that are three stars or better (27).
Washington State +12500 and Texas A&M +10000
Picks to Avoid
While more than 100 teams could fit the “picks to avoid” category, there are two particular teams at the top of the odds list that I don’t see making it into the CFP this season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes lost some big offensive components from last season. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is now in the NFL and they lost two of their best playmakers at wide receiver in Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin. They also lost three offensive linemen and perhaps the best defensive player from last season in Nick Bosa. The Ohio State recruiting class was weak this season compared to previous years (21st). If not for the addition of Justin Fields to replace Haskins, the Ohio State Buckeyes would be in for a rough year by their standards. However, in a tough Big Ten Conference, I think Ohio State has too many big holes to fill this season. They should still have a solid season, but not good enough to make it to the CFP.
Another team that could be in for a rough season by their standards is LSU. The Tigers have lost a lot of key defenders and their offense last season was bad, to say the least. They do have a nice recruiting class coming in, with the #1 guard and #1 running back, but that may not be enough. LSU’s offensive line last season was a big concern and the SEC is always one of the best, if not the best, conference in football. It will be a highly competitive conference once again, and there are only so many wins to go around. Playing in the SEC West with Alabama is as tough a test as any in college football. LSU just isn’t at the same level Alabama is at this time and may even be behind Texas A&M.
Ohio State +1500 and LSU +5000
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