- BetOnline has updated odds on who will make the 2019-20 College Football Playoff
- Alabama (-350) and Clemson (-550) are viewed as shoo-ins to reach the final four
- Georgia (+120), Oklahoma (+200) and Ohio State (+240) should contend for the two remaining CFP berths
Nick Saban has led the Crimson Tide into the College Football Playoff every year since the format started in 2014. Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers have appeared in four straight final fours.
Alabama and Clemson are at about +300 and +400, respectively, to miss out on the tournament, but unless you plan on kidnapping Tua Tagovailoa and/or Trevor Lawrence, you’d probably need longer odds than that to make it worth your while.
With two CFP spots seemingly locked up, let’s examine three schools who have the best shot at the final two berths. All odds from BetOnline.
Odds to Make 4-Team College Football Playoffs
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Regarded as a top quarterback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jake Fromm is making his land stand with the Bulldogs this season after losing the 2017-18 national championship game to Alabama in overtime as a freshman, and falling short of the CFP last year thanks to another crushing loss to the Crimson Tide.
No one in college football may have faced more scrutiny than Jake Fromm over the last two years, and yet here he stands, starting job at last secure.
“The kid is resilient in every way. He’s been a winner his whole life” https://t.co/i6mAYwrhJb
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) August 9, 2019
The good news is Fromm will be working behind a veteran offense line and handing off to a fellow Heisman candidate D’Andre Swift. The bad news is he has to pick up a new offense under new OC James Coley and break in four freshman wideouts after the team lost their top five receivers from last season.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Is there a quarterback competition or isn’t there? While most expect Justin Fields to be leading the offense when the season starts, new head coach Ryan Day says the Georgia transfer still hasn’t won the job over former five-star prospect Gunnar Hoak.
While it should be impossible to win a QB battle against a kid named Gunnar, Fields is one of the highest-rated quarterback prospects of all time, and his rushing ability will add a new level of difficulty for opposing defenses.
Justin Fields KILLIN it ??pic.twitter.com/rJMorBaOO7
— Sports Thread (@sportsthread) August 8, 2019
Assuming the two new defensive coaches (Greg Mattison and Al Washington) that the Buckeyes poached from the rival Wolverines can improve a unit that ranked 93rd in the nation last year, Ohio State should return to the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016.
It seems I have a type. Like Ohio State, the Sooners have a dual-threat QB transfer and an offensive guru calling the plays. The only difference of course is that Oklahoma’s pair are proven commodities.
Lincoln Riley has coached up two consecutive Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and is gunning to return to the 4-team playoff for the third straight season and fourth in the past five years. Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts started for Alabama in 2016 and 2017, and famously saved the day in last year’s SEC championship game comeback over Georgia.
Jalen Hurts’ work ethic winning over Lincoln Riley, OU teammates.
“He was never a guy that just walked in and expected to be handed anything.”#OUDNA | #BoomerSoonerhttps://t.co/kHfIVkE4yK
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) August 14, 2019
Oklahoma has a new defense coordinator in Alex Grinch (another similarity with the Buckeyes), but the team’s playoff hopes took a hit this week when defensive back Tre Norwood suffered a knee injury.
Could that open the playoff door for former college football powerhouses such as Auburn, Florida and LSU?