- 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|
*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.
The back of Tua’s jersey is running out of space with a new Tagovailoa on the team. pic.twitter.com/buKli3bM4S
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) April 13, 2019
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.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) April 13, 2019
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.
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) April 14, 2019