Updated College Football National Championship Odds after Spring Games

  • BetOnline has updated 2020 CFP National Championship odds after college football’s Spring Games
  • Clemson is favored to win the college football playoffs (+175) with Alabama close behind (+225)
  • High-flying offenses in Ohio State (+900) and Oklahoma (+1200) could offer early value

Despite being glorified scrimmages, college football’s Spring Games always pull in major attendance and television ratings. With fans getting their first look at prized recruits and grad transfers, the exhibition games can also make a big impact on the CFP futures at sportsbooks.

Let’s check out BetOnline to see what schools are the early favorites to win the 2020 CFP National Championship.

 2020 NCAA Football Championship

Teams Odds to Win College Football Playoffs at BetOnline
Clemson +175
Alabama +225
Georgia +700
Ohio State +900
Oklahoma +1200
Michigan +1600
Texas +2500
Florida +3300
LSU +3300
Notre Dame +3300
Oregon +3300
Washington +3300
Nebraska +4000
Auburn +5000
Penn State +5000
Texas A&M +5000
Wisconsin +5000

*Odds taken on 04/15/19

The Favorites: Clemson (+175) and Alabama (+225)

After going 15-0 and winning the national championship last season, Trevor Lawrence was apparently frustrated during a 30-10 spring game loss.

Chalk it up to competitive spirit. The follicly-blessed sophomore quarterback believes he’s “already taken a step forward” and the Tigers have added two explosive freshman pass catchers to an offense that already features Heisman contender Travis Etienne and star wideouts Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross.

With Jalen Hurts now in Oklahoma, Alabama’s spring game allowed Nick Saban to take a look at backup QB Mac Jones (19-of-23 for 271 yards, two TDs and one INT) and Tua’s younger brother, Taulia, a true freshman who apparently had the nicest touchdown pass of the day.

Nice Values: Ohio State (+900) and Oklahoma (+1200)

Quarterback Justin Fields made his Ohio State debut after transferring from Georgia. While Dwayne Haskins will be a tough act to follow, last year’s number one recruit in the country threw for a 98-yard touchdown bomb and added 38 yards and a score with his legs.

NFL analyst Louis Riddick was already a big admirer of Ryan Day’s offense, and now Ohio State’s new head coach will have five-star freshman Garrett Wilson at his disposal.

Speaking of high-powered attacks, Jalen Hurts looked more than capable of replacing presumptive #1 pick Kyler Murray in Lincoln Riley’s offense. The Sooners new QB flashed the dual-threat ability he’s known for, passing for 174 yards and a TD and running for another.

Long Shots: Florida (+3300) and Notre Dame (+3300)

Many are wondering if the Gators have finally found their long-awaited answer at QB after Feleipe Franks closed last season with two monster performances against Florida State and Michigan. While spring games must be kept in proper perspective, Franks’ 327 yards and four touchdowns certainly bode well.

Notre Dame signal caller Ian Book looked similarly sharp, picking apart the defense for 220 yards and a score. It’s an encouraging sign for Irish fans after the “Book burning” that was last year’s 30-3 CFP semi-final loss to Clemson. Notre Dame’s 15 sacks also seems impressive until you remember that you only need two hands on a quarterback to register a sack in the spring.

Steve Dominey

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