2021 College Football National Championship Betting Trends

Did you bet on LSU to win the National Championship last year? If you did before the season started, you got the Tigers at 30/1, which resulted in $300 for a $10 bettor. Who is this year’s LSU? Bettors are looking to find out, as 2021 College Football National Championship odds have been released and have moved already. Since LSU won the title in early 2020, odds have shifted based on which players entered the NFL Draft, and more. Let’s take a look at the latest college football odds, odds movement, and where bettors are putting their money courtesy of William Hill US.


Latest College Football National Championship Odds – Clemson and Ohio State at the Top

Program Current National Championship Odds
Clemson +225
Ohio State +350
Alabama +400
Georgia +1200
Florida +1800
LSU +1800
Notre Dame +2800
Oklahoma +3300
Texas A&M +3300
Texas +4000

Clemson remains as the favorite to win the 2021 CFB National Championship, as they currently come in at +225, up from +250 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Every other team is at least 3:1 or higher, but Ohio State follows in second at +350 after falling from +300. It is no surprise that the top two teams in terms of odds to win the 2021 CFB title have two returning Heisman-hopeful quarterbacks in Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Other teams in the top 10 all have teams with new quarterbacks. Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, and LSU have all lost their quarterback to the NFL Draft. Keeping an eye on odds movement throughout the offseason will be key, as it will become more and more clear after spring (or summer, due to coronavirus concerns) practices. In mid-April, the Texas A&M Aggies jumped into the Top 10 at +3300 on DraftKings Sportsbook, but have fallen to +3300.


2021 College Football National Championship Odds Movement – Iowa Falls

Program Current National Championship Odds April 15 Odds April 4 Odds Change
Iowa +10000 +8000 +8000 +2000
Michigan +6600 +5000 +5000 +1600
USC +5000 +4000 +4000 +1000
Texas +4000 +3300 +3300 +700
Oregon +5000 +4500 +4000 +500
Notre Dame +2800 +2500 +2000 +300
Oklahoma +3300 +3000 +2500 +300
Texas A&M +3300 +3000 +4000 +300
Florida +1800 +1600 +1400 +200
LSU +1800 +1600 +1400 +200

The latest National Championship odds movement on DraftKings Sportsbook is quite drastic, as Iowa has seen a massive drop from +8000 to +10000. Another B1G program in the Michigan Wolverines saw their odds drop in a large way too, going from +5000 to +6600. The other movers are the USC Trojans, Texas Longhorns, and Oregon Ducks. There was no movement in mid-May.

Make sure to find the best odds to get the best value for your bets, and check out the CFB Win Totals market, as well.


Georgia Bulldogs To Make Noise in 2020?

One team to keep an eye out for is the Georgia Bulldogs. Did Kirby Smart make a mistake letting Justin Fields go? Maybe, but with Jamie Newman in as the Bulldogs’ new QB, Georgia is trending upwards. The worry will be if the virus hurts Newman’s chances to get acclimated to the offense. Georgia’s current odds on DraftKings Sportsbook are +1200 to win the College Football Playoff, dropping since early April at +900.


Most Popular College Football Championship Bets

Popular CFB Bets – Percentage of Tickets

Popular Bet to Win CFB Title Percentage of Tickets
Alabama 8%
Ohio State 7%
Clemson 6%
Florida 5%
Georgia 5%
Notre Dame 4%
Iowa 4%
Auburn 4%
LSU 4%
Texas 4%

It is quite refreshing to see the percentage of betting tickets on CFB futures to be so spread out. With that being said, Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson top the charts all above 5%. What is interesting is the Florida Gators are fourth behind the perennial powerhouses with 5% of the total betting tickets at +1500. The Gators have LSU and Georgia this season in addition to its rivalry games, so the schedule could be a potential problem. If the Gators can win at least one of those games, +1500 is a good price to pay for a potential national championship contender. Another team to keep an eye on is Iowa at 4%, as many Iowa fans may have caused this to skew at William Hill sportsbooks.

Popular CFB Bets – Percentage of Dollars Wagered

Popular Bet to Win CFB Title Percentage of Dollars Wagered
Clemson 20%
Alabama 14%
Ohio State 9%
Georgia 7%
Florida 5%
Notre Dame 5%
Oklahoma State 4%
Miami 3%
Auburn 3%
Texas 3%

While the total tickets are spread out, there is no doubt who bettors are backing with their money. 20% of the total dollars wagered on this futures market has come in on Clemson. With nearly all of their top offensive players returning, it makes sense. Given the overwhelming likelihood of Trevor Lawrence being a Heisman favorite and a potential first pick in the NFL Draft, Clemson has all the ammo to make a run at a National Championship. Second behind the Tigers is Alabama at 14% of the total dollars wagered. Alabama will always garner respect in futures betting, but this makes sense given the fact that they are +450, up from +600. Even with a new quarterback, Alabama will be one of the more talented teams in the entire country with the second-ranked class per 247 sports.

Two teams to keep an eye on are Oklahoma State at 4% of the money at 75:1 (down from 250:1) and Miami at 60/1 down from 200/1.

For more odds, be sure to check out William Hill Sportsbook.



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