- BetUS lists Alabama as +115 favorites to win the National Championship
- Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (-110) is still leading the Heisman race, but Alabama’s Mac Jones made up ground (+150)
- Ohio State has played just four games this year after another COVID-19 cancellation
Playing for the first time in over a month, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-17 clobbering of Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Improving to 32-1 in his college career and tying the school record for wins by a starting quarterback, Lawrence’s performance left no doubt that the Tigers will soon earn their sixth-consecutive playoff berth, but was it enough to get him back in the Heisman race?
We’ll take a look after reviewing the updated National Championship odds. (See our betting on college football guide).
2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||After Wk 12|
OHIO STATE ON DANGEROUS GROUND
A coronavirus outbreak led to the cancellation of the second Buckeyes (+400) game this November, which is problematic as they must play at least six contests to qualify for the Big Ten title game. At 4-0, Ohio State has two more games scheduled against Michigan State and Michigan, but what happens if one of those get nixed?
Last week, Dabo Swinney accused Florida State of postponing a game in bad faith. Is it wrong to think the Wolverines could use similar shenanigans to stick it to their longtime rivals?.. Well, probably, but the Buckeyes have run out of wriggle room.
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) November 28, 2020
The two teams likely competing for the final seed in the CFP Semi-Finals both held court on Saturday. Notre Dame (+550) bottled up North Carolina’s impressive backfield tandem of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams in a 31-17 victory and at 9-0 are locked into a ACC championship game rematch with Clemson (+235).
Meanwhile, the Gators’ star tight end Kyle Pitts returned from a two-game concussion absence to catch five passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-10 win over Kentucky. Florida (+1100) will finish the season with Tennessee and LSU before a colossal SEC championship game with no. 1 ranked Alabama (+115).
The Crimson Tide racked up 445 yards of offense in a 42-13 Iron Bowl win over Auburn and they did it without coach Nick Saban, who missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
2020 HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
Check out the current Heisman Trophy odds, according to BetOnline.
|Player (Team)||Current Odds||Trending||After Wk 12|
|Kyle Trask (Florida QB)||-110||↑||-175|
|Mac Jones (Alabama QB)||+150||↓||+325|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)||+500||↓||+900|
|Justin Fields (Ohio State QB)||+1000||↓||+400|
|Ian Book (Notre Dam QB)||+2200||↑||N/A|
MAC ON THE ATTACK
COVID-19 made a serious dent in the Heisman trophy candidacies of both Trevor Lawrence(+500) and Justin Fields (+1000), the two quarterbacks most expect to go 1-2 in the 2020 NFL Draft.
After pulling ahead in the Heisman race last week, Kyle Trask (-110) added three more touchdowns to his nation-leading total (34) against Kentucky. With two games left on the docket, the senior already has more passing touchdowns than Tim Tebow did in his 2007 Heisman campaign, but Tebow also added 23 rushing scores, of course.<
Mac Jones. Too smooth. pic.twitter.com/uizTLZtVQ1
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 28, 2020
Mac Jones (+150) completed just under 70% of his throws in a five-touchdown performance against Auburn. Through eight contests, the redshirt junior has 2,728 passing yards, 23 TDs and 3 INTs versus Trask’s 2,810 yards, 34 TDs and 3 INTs.
Jones does have the higher completion percentage (76.2 vs. 71.4) and QB rating (95.5 vs 93.4), but his best chance at winning the Heisman probably lies in the hands of the Crimson Tide defense. If Alabama can stifle Trask in the SEC championship game while Jones leads his team to an undefeated season, then voters will likely award him with his own bronze bust despite having inferior numbers.