Updated 2020 National Championship and Heisman Odds After Week 6

  • 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
Clemson +180 +230
Ohio State +250 +250
Alabama +350 +300
Georgia +900 +1400
Florida +2200 +1400
Penn State +2800 +2800
Notre Dame +4000 +4000
Wisconsin +4000 +4000
Michigan +5000 N/A
Texas A&M +5000 N/A

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.

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

Player (Team) 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.


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.

Steve Dominey

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