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Odds to Make the 2020-21 College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff Odds

The college football schedule seems like an eternity from now as we all cope with being in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it appears that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel as far as sports returning to our lives and, hopefully, college football will start on time without a hitch, though perhaps without fans. If we are so lucky, it isn’t too early to start getting excited about another College Football Playoff and the four teams that could compete for the national title.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds on which teams will make the 2020-21 CFP and has made Clemson the -200 favorite, followed by Ohio State at -150, Alabama at -125, Oklahoma at +125, Georgia at +150, LSU at +200, Notre Dame at +275, Florida at +350, Texas at +400 and Texas A&M at +400 to round out the top 10 teams on the oddsboard.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds on which teams will make the College Football Playoff:

Odds to make the 2020-21 College Football Playoff
TeamOdds
Clemson Tigers-200
Ohio State Buckeyes-150
Alabama Crimson Tide-125
Oklahoma Sooners+125
Georgia Bulldogs+150
LSU Tigers+200
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+275
Florida Gators+350
Texas Longhorns+400
Texas A&M Aggies+400
Auburn Tigers+500
Oregon Ducks+500
Penn State Nittany Lions+600
Michigan Wolverines+650
Washington Huskies+1000
Wisconsin Badgers+1000
Florida State Seminoles+1400
Oklahoma State Cowboys+1400
Tennessee Volunteers+1400
Utah Utes+1400
Miami Hurricanes+1600
Minnesota Golden Gophers+1600
Iowa State Cyclones+2000
Nebraska Cornhuskers+2000
Iowa Hawkeyes+2500
California Golden Bears+5000

Odds as of April 22 at BetOnline

Clemson and Ohio State Are Clear Favorites

I’m grouping the Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes in the same category above the rest because not only are they the top two teams on the oddsboard to make the CFP but they’re also the top two teams on the oddsboard to win the national title. Clemson and Ohio State hooked up in the 2019-20 CFP semifinal, a tightly contested game that saw the Tigers walk away with a come-from-behind 29-23 victory.

Clemson ended up falling to LSU in the national championship game, the first loss for the team with Trevor Lawrence as the starting quarterback. Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne are back for another crack at a title, and the Tigers also are bringing in the third-best recruiting class in the nation, including the most five-star recruits at five. Once again Clemson should run through the ACC en route to another CFP appearance.

A very similar story can be written about Ohio State with Heisman Trophy favorite QB Justin Fields returning for his second full season as a starter. Last year, Fields had a tremendous TD-to-interception ratio of 41:3 with two of those picks coming in the loss to Clemson. The Buckeyes are going to lose running back J.K. Dobbins, who is set for the NFL draft, but Master Teague III showed glimpses of brilliance last year with 789 yards on 135 totes. Additionally, OSU had the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation, including the top-ranked wide receiver and top-ranked offensive lineman.

Which Teams Are Providing Good Value To Make The CFP?

There are two teams outside of Clemson and Ohio State that I think are providing better value to make the CFP. The first, the Florida Gators, can be found eighth on the oddsboard at +350. The second team I like, the Texas Longhorns, can be found ninth on the oddsboard at +400.

The Gators really impressed me last season by overcoming adversity after starting QB Feleipe Franks was lost for the season with an ankle injury in Week 3 vs Kentucky. Florida turned to Kyle Trask, who hadn’t started a game since high school, and the team went on to an 11-2 record, losing only to LSU and Georgia and posting a win over Virginia in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

The Gators have a really favorable schedule and had the eighth-ranked recruiting class, notably loading up on defense with the likes of Gervon Dexter, the third-ranked defensive tackle, and Derek Wingo, the fifth-ranked outside linebacker. They might have some work to do to get the nod from the committee but this team could turn heads.

As for Texas, I was bullish on the team last season with the lone caveat being whether the young, talented defense could adapt to the college game quickly. The defense did have some strong showings but the offense was a little lackluster at some points. The backfield remains intact from last year with Sam Ehlinger under center and Keaontay Ingram toting the ball.

I would have liked to see a better job recruiting wide receivers but Bijan Robinson can create some havoc out of the backfield with Ingram, while the defense got better with second-ranked SDE Alfred Collins committing. The Longhorns are a value play that would need a step up from last year and could be really fun to watch in 2020.


How to Read College Football Playoff Odds

At any sportsbook, you’ll see College Football Playoff (CFP) odds listed like so:

Clemson YES -150, NO +500

LSU YES -250, NO +230

Ohio State YES -300, NO +240

Oregon YES +180, NO -250

Each school has a chance of making the playoffs (YES), or not (NO). If you’re looking at LSU’s odds to make it to the postseason at -250 and decided to bet $100 on them, you’d get a payout of $140 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $40. On the other hand, if you don’t think the Tigers will make the playoffs at +230, that same $100 would get you $330 – you get your $100 back coupled with your prize of $230. Our Odds Calculator will tell you what you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is a Futures Bet on NCAA Football

When you wager on a team’s postseason chances, it’s called a futures bet. This is a bet on events that will happen in time. It can be said that all sports betting is on events that have yet to occur; however, futures can be made weeks or months in advance instead of prior to game day. You could take Clemson to miss the CFP before college football season even starts. Oddsmakers will adjust the lines as more games are played and teams rise and fall in the standings. We suggest jumping on odds early, so you don’t miss out on great lines. If you wait until closer to bowl season, you could be stuck with odds that don’t have any value.