- BetOnline has Clemson (+150) as the favorite to win the 2021 College Football National Championship after their 37-13 win over Wake Forest in Week 2
- Spencer Rattler threw for four touchdowns in his debut for Oklahoma (+750)
- Florida (+1200) could contend for a spot in the 4-team playoff if Kyle Trask takes a leap in 2020
College football is still largely in a state of flux. While ACC and Big 12 schools such as Clemson and Oklahoma saw action in Week 2, SEC powerhouses like Alabama, Georgia and LSU don’t kick off their 10-game conference schedules until Sept. 26.
There’s also talk that Big Ten teams like Michigan and Ohio State will soon join the party, so expect big changes to the National Championship odds in the weeks and months ahead.
Let’s look at the odds at BetOnline and recap all of Saturday’s action.
2021 CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
CONTENDERS WIN EASY IN WEEK 2
With Alabama and Ohio State still on the sidelines, Clemson (+150) is probably the only team currently in action that is truly capable of winning the national title. And they predictably cruised in Week 2, with Trevor Lawrence throwing for 351 yards and Travis Etienne running for 100 yards in a 37-13 beat down of Wake Forest.
Looking to make their fourth-straight appearance in the four-team College Football Playoff, Oklahoma (+750) pitched a 48-0 shutout over Missouri State. Spencer Rattler threw for more touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three) in his first start and looks plenty capable of producing the same video-game type numbers as OU predecessors such as Jalen Hurts, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.
Does former five-star and current Alabama RB Najee Harris deserve to be considered the top overall back in college football headed into 2020? @adamgorney thinks so: https://t.co/qyChPug8kX pic.twitter.com/Lg9WDFbzX0
— Rivals (@Rivals) September 12, 2020
Sam Ehlinger had an even bigger day for Texas (+1400), throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns in a 59-3 win over UTEP. The Longhorns will face the Sooners about a month from now (Oct. 10) so circle your calendars.
Notre Dame (+2500) dispatched of Duke 27-13, but let’s face it, Ian Book and the Fighting Irish are not title contenders.
WAITING IN THE WINGS
Alabama (+225) starts its SEC season on Sept. 26 against Missouri and won’t face their first real test until Oct. 17 against Georgia. The Crimson Tide had an off year in 2019, but should be back with a vengeance thanks to a No. 1-ranked recruiting class.
Veteran Mac Jones and five-star recruit Bryce Young gives Nick Saban some options at quarterback and Najee Harris is plenty capable of carrying the load in the back field.
Spencer Rattler was 14-17 with 4 TDs and 290 yards … in the first half of his first career start.
OU’s next Heisman candidate at QB? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zSP5q7htL5
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 13, 2020
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (+450) kick off on Sept. 26 at Arkansas. Kirby Smart’s club lost dual-threat QB Jamie Newman to an opt-out, so USC transfer JT Daniels and D’Wan Mathis will compete for the opportunity to star in Todd Monken’s new look offense.
With star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and a trio of defenders choosing to opt out, LSU (+1600) is viewed as a longshot to repeat as national champions. Oddsmakers even favor Florida (+1200) over the Tigers, with reports surfacing that quarterback Kyle Trask is in shape and ready to take a leap in his redshirt senior season.
Best Bet: Clemson at +150 at BetOnline