Congratulations to the Louisiana State University Tigers on winning the 2019-2020 College Football National Championship. The Tigers went 15-0 in a historical season led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who accrued over 6,000 total yards and 65 total touchdowns while scoring 42 or more points in 13 of 15 games. The 2019 LSU Tigers will be forever remembered in college football history, but that season is now over.
With that being said, the 2020-2021 college football season has officially started from a betting perspective as the futures odds for the 2021 National Championship have been released. With legal sports betting being as popular as ever, many bettors will be betting on these futures right away. Let’s take a look.
Clemson Leads 2021 CFB Champ Odds
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Despite losing the National Championship game, Clemson remains at the top of the table for futures odds on both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. FanDuel has them at +200, while DraftKings posts a bit of a better price for bettors at +250.
With quarterback Trevor Lawrence, wide receiver Justyn Ross, and most of the offense and defense returning plus one of the better recruiting classes we have ever seen, Clemson will likely be back in the championship game again in 2021. Considering Clemson has been to four of the last five National Championships and are poised to make it five of the last six next season. If you were to bet on Clemson, the odds are currently better at DraftKings Sportsbook, so be sure to bet wisely. Shopping for the best odds for your money is a sharp betting tactic.
Will Ohio State Take the Next Step?
Just behind Clemson on FanDuel (and tied on DraftKings) is Ohio State, who comes in at +350 and +250 on each respective book. If you want to bet on the Buckeyes, FanDuel Sportsbook definitely has the value at the moment.
The Buckeyes are returning Heisman hopeful Justin Fields, and one one of the better recruiting classes in the nation. Added in with what some have dubbed the “most talented team in the country” in 2019, and Ohio State has something to prove in 2021. The Buckeyes have not played in the National Championship game since 2014-2015, as the game has been dominated by an SEC team and Clemson. Given the overwhelming likelihood they win the B1G and have a relatively easier path to the CFB Playoffs, they will be a favorite for bettors. Can Ohio State take that next step? We will see.
No Love for LSU
Considering the Tigers had one of the best seasons in the history of college football, it seems odd to see them with +1400 odds to repeat, which is just fifth-best on FanDuel Sportsbook.
DraftKings has LSU at +600, third-best odds, so you certainly want to bet on LSU on FanDuel if you are making the bet. Can the Tigers repeat? It will be very, very tough. LSU is losing Heisman winner Joe Burrow, at least two of their star receivers, and likely two or three offensive lineman and possibly their starting tight end and running back. This will not be the same LSU team that won the National Championship in 2020, so it is an uphill climb for the Tigers without Burrow.