- BetOnline has released new National Championship odds following Week 5
- Ohio State (+650) and Oklahoma (+1000) continue to pile up points against unranked opponents
- Auburn (+2500) and Wisconsin (+3300) remain in contention for the College Football Playoff
The No. 1-ranked Clemson Tigers narrowly escaped what would’ve been an unthinkable loss to North Carolina in Week 5, but their 21-20 win had to provide a “the Russian is cut!” moment for the rest of college football.
With 19 straight wins and a soft schedule remaining (no matchups against ranked opponents), Clemson’s spot in the four-team playoff seemed like a sure thing entering Saturday’s game with the Tar Heels.
However, after getting out-coached and outplayed for most of four quarters, Dabo Swinney’s team looks vulnerable. They dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the polls, ceding top spot to Alabama, but they remain co-favorites with the Tide in the odds to win the national championship.
Let’s look at the latest odds at BetOnline.
2020 CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
One has to wonder how it feels to cheer for an unranked college football team. Imagine being a fan of a storied program like the Nebraska Cornhuskers, for instance. You show up early to pack sold-out Memorial Stadium for a prime-time game with Ohio State only to be down 38-0 by halftime.
.@OhioStateFB‘s Justin Fields believes it takes a balance to be a student-athlete. https://t.co/mg6EzcvoQf pic.twitter.com/N1ScgkCwuT
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 26, 2019
Ryan Day’s Buckeyes offense has been obliterating everything in their path, scoring 42 or more points in every game this season. Surging Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields has also already accounted for 23 touchdowns through four games with No. 25 Michigan State up next.
Like Ohio State, the Sooners’ combo of a transfer quarterback and a brilliant offensive mind at head coach are leading to electrifying results.
Following their 55-16 destruction of Texas Tech, Lincoln Riley’s squad has now racked up at least 600 yards of total offense in all four of their games.
Oklahoma QBs under Lincoln Riley have started the season on fire ? pic.twitter.com/LNP9hOfCay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 28, 2019
Quickly reeling in Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman race, Jalen Hurts now has a 77.65 completion percentage, 1,295 passing yards, 443 rushing yards and 17 combined touchdowns.
Having yet to face a ranked opponent, Oklahoma will travel to Texas on Oct. 12 to face the No. 12 ranked Longhorns.
AUBURN AND WISCONSIN
The No. 7 Tigers’ and No. 8 Badgers’ national title odds have flip-flopped since we checked in last week with Auburn rising from 33/1 to 25/1, and Wisconsin going in the opposite direction.
Freshman QB Bo Nix tossed 335 yards and two scores in Auburn’s 56-23 home romp over Mississippi State, but a much bigger test looms against No. 10 Florida on Oct. 5.
Bo Nix and No. 7 @AuburnFootball beat Mississippi State 56-23.
Nix: 335 passing yards (career high), 56 rushing yards and 3 TD responsible for.
Nix had 324 of his 335 passing yards from inside the pocket. pic.twitter.com/gBoAxWHIkQ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Wisconsin looked flat against Northwestern on Saturday, but survived with a 24-15 victory thanks to two defensive touchdowns and another 100-yard rushing effort by Jonathan Taylor.
The Badgers and their star running back face No. 25 Michigan State in two weeks before heading to Ohio State on Oct. 25th to battle the Buckeyes.