- Clemson (+180) is still the favorite to win the national championship with Ohio State (+250) not starting its season for another two weeks
- Georgia (+900) saw its chances of reaching the CFP Semifinals improve after the Gators’ loss to Texas A&M
- Trevor Lawrence (-120) is chalk to win the Heisman but there are much better values on the board (scroll down to see)
So much for the Hurricanes providing a test for No. 1 Clemson. Heisman favorite and walking shampoo commercial Trevor Lawrence threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in an easy 42-17 win over No. 7 Miami on Saturday.
However, six ranked teams lost in Week 6, creating a bit of a shakeup in the National Championship odds below. Before placing our college football bets, let’s examine the Bovada board and review all the movement over the past week.
2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||Oct. 5|
GEORGIA SQUARELY IN TOP FOUR
After an easy win over Miami, Clemson‘s national championship odds (+180) shortened slightly from last week. The Tigers won’t play another ranked opponent until Nov. 7 against No. 4 Notre Dame (+4000), so expect Dabo Swinney’s boys to stay on top of the board for the foreseeable future.
Ohio State (+250) will play its season opener against Nebraska on Oct. 24. Meanwhile, Alabama (+350) won a 63-48 shootout over Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss, bettering Nick Saban’s all-time record against former assistant coaches to 21-0.
— Ken Troupe (@KTsportsmarket) October 12, 2020
Georgia (+900) is in pole position for the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff after Saturday’s events. While the third-ranked Bulldogs took care of business against No. 14 Tennessee with a 44-21 victory, No. 4 Florida saw their national championship odds plummet from +1400 to +2200 after suffering a 41-38 upset to No. 21 Texas A&M (+5000).
Now, let’s take a look at the latest Heisman odds at BetOnline:
2020 HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)||-120|
|Justin Fields (Ohio State QB)||+500|
|Mac Jones (Alabama QB)||+500|
|Kyle Trask (Florida QB)||+1600|
|Najee Harris (Alabama RB)||+1800|
|D’Eriq King (Miami QB)||+2500|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson RB)||+2500|
|Shane Buechele (SMU QB)||+2800|
|Zach Wilson (BYU QB)||+2800|
|Jaylen Waddle (Alabama WR)||+3300|
LAWRENCE LEADS THE PACK
After early-season interceptions torpedoed Trevor Lawrence‘s Heisman candidacy in his sophomore campaign, he has now not thrown a pick in 355 passes. But while the locked-in first-overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft has 1,140 passing yards and 14 total touchdowns through four games, it’s still hard to pony up for a -120 favorite when Justin Fields (+500) still hasn’t even taken the field.
Before the pandemic hit, Ohio State’s dual-threat weapon was favored to win the Heisman over Lawrence. Of course, Fields is set to play only nine games (including the conference championship) in the Big Ten’s condensed conference-only slate while the Clemson QB will play 12 in the ACC.
Alabama’s Najee Harris explodes for career-high 248 total yards, five touchdowns vs. Ole Miss https://t.co/1ROUR0LwkN
— Newslanes (@newslanes) October 11, 2020
A running back has only one won Heisman in the past decade — Derrick Henry in 2015 — but perhaps the stars are aligning for Alabama’s Najee Harris (+1800). After running for 206 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Ole Miss on Saturday, the bruising back has already reached the endzone ten times in three games.
While Harris isn’t going to beat Henry’s SEC-record 1,986 yards on the ground, he could match his 23 touchdowns, even while playing a condensed schedule. Given the Crimson Tide’s competition is much tougher than Clemson’s on a whole, voters could give Harris extra credit for what’s shaping up to be a monster year for the senior.