- BetOnline lists Alabama as -150 favorites to win the National Championship
- Notre Dame (+900) likely secured a spot in the CFP semifinal with Florida’s surprise loss to LSU in Week 15
- Mac Jones (-300) is pulling away from Kyle Trask (+800) in the Heisman Trophy race
After an unpredictable season of postponements and cancellations, it looks like the College Football Playoff will contain many of the usual suspects.
We’ll recap Week 15 and look ahead to conference championship games this weekend while providing the latest odds for the National Championship and Heisman Trophy.
2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
NOTRE DAME A SEMIFINAL LOCK
While Notre Dame (+900) enjoyed a week off, their odds of making the CFP semifinals increased dramatically with Florida’s 37-34 home-defeat to an LSU team that entered the game as 23-point underdogs. Now with two losses this season, the Gators (+8000) won’t make the tournament even if they manage to upset Alabama (-150) in the SEC championship game on Saturday night.
Undefeated on the year, the Fighting Irish can lose the ACC championship game against Clemson (+260) this weekend and still make the playoffs. But it’s a must-win for the Tigers who suffered a 47-40 double-overtime loss to the Irish last month when Trevor Lawrence missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Big Ten has announced that it has removed the minimum six-game requirement to be eligible for the conference’s title game.
Ohio State will now face Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. pic.twitter.com/4ztA0sSd6D
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2020
Expect Dabo Swinney’s club to end Notre Dame’s 16-game winning streak and make their sixth straight College Football Playoff appearance. However, should they lose, Texas A&M (+4000) could sneak into the No. 4 spot.
Ohio State (+450) will play Northwestern (+10000) in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday after the conference’s administrative council decided to eliminate its six-game minimum requirement. In all likelihood, the 5-0 Buckeyes will finish with the No. 3 seed and face No. 2 Clemson in a semifinal rematch while No. 1 Alabama will be matched up with No. 4 Notre Dame.
2020 HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
|Mac Jones - Alabama QB||-300|
|Devonta Smith - Alabama WR||+200|
|Kyle Trask - Florida QB||+800|
|Ian Book - Notre Dame QB||+2200|
|Trevor Lawrence - Clemson QB||+2200|
|Justin Fields - Ohio State QB||+4000|
MAC JONES HEADED FOR HEISMAN
While Alabama’s Mac Jones (-300) put up only 208 yards and no touchdowns in a 52-3 destruction of Arkansas, he still pulled ahead in the Heisman race thanks to Florida’s surprise-loss to LSU. In a dead heat for the award just last week, Kyle Trask (+800) threw for 474 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions that will ultimately cost him the bronze bust.
Trask could win back voters if he outduels Jones in Saturday’s SEC championship game, but the award now seems destined to go to the Crimson Tide signal-caller after he led Alabama to a 10-0 record while operating the best offense (49.5 points and 537.8 yards per game) in college football.
Highest-graded QB seasons since 2014
🔹 1. Joe Burrow (’19) – 94.9
🔹 2. Zach Wilson (’20) – 94.8
🔹 3. Baker Mayfield (’17) – 94.6
🔹 3. Kyler Murray (’18) – 94.6
🔹 5. Mac Jones (’20) – 94.5 pic.twitter.com/ktx4oHc5J2
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 14, 2020
Jones’ teammate Devonta Smith (+200) now has the second-best odds to win the trophy, but keep in mind that a receiver hasn’t won the Heisman since 1991. Rather than throw money away on Smith, who was held to a season-low three catches for 22 yards on Saturday, consider making a longshot bet on Trevor Lawrence (+2200).
What if the soon-to-be No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft lights up Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in front of a nationally-televised audience and rather than punish Lawrence for being sidelined with the virus, voters decide to award him for a remarkable college football career?
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