Last Updated on December 29, 2020

  • As expected, top-ranked Alabama is the favorite to win its first national title in three years.
  • Notre Dame bettors would get a pretty good bang for their buck if the Irish somehow pulled off the improbable.
  • All College Football Playoff odds data courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

The 2020 college football bowl season is in full swing, which means we’re creeping closer to the pair of college football playoff semifinal matchups on New Year’s Day. The Rose Bowl will play host to top-ranked Alabama and No. 4-ranked Notre Dame while the Sugar Bowl pits No. 3-ranked Ohio State against No. 2-ranked Clemson.

Many expect Alabama, a program that’s 11-0 with an average winning margin of 30.3 points, to roll through the playoff and win its first national title since January 2018. Heck, the Crimson Tide are actually 19.5-point favorites over the Fighting Irish.

Needless to say, the DraftKings Sportsbook oddsmakers agree, placing Alabama as the favorite to win it all.

 

Latest Odds to Win College Football Playoffs

Team Odds
#1 Alabama -167
#2 Clemson +175
#3 Ohio State +800
#4 Notre Dame +3300

 

A $167 bet would net you $100 in profits if Alabama were to defeat Notre Dame and then the winner of the Sugar Bowl. Nonetheless, Clemson may indeed possess great value at +175.

The Tigers have lost just one game this season, and it happened to be when they played Notre Dame without star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence. And even then, Clemson still only lost by a touchdown. This team is wildly talented (average winning margin of 30.8 points) and extremely well-coached, and the Tigers should surpass Ohio State in the semifinal matchup. They’d likely then play Bama, and let’s not forget, Dabo Swinney has defeated Nick Saban’s squad on numerous occasions — in both the national title games of January 2017 and 2019.

Don’t be surprised if Clemson gives their opponents a run for their money.

 

With Ohio State and Notre Dame respectively sitting at +800 and +3300, I don’t believe there’s great value on either program.

Clemson will be the top team the Buckeyes have faced all year, and although the program is undefeated up to this point, Ohio State hasn’t played its absolute best against ranked opponents.

The Buckeyes only defeated 14th-ranked Northwestern by 12 and 11th-ranked Indiana by seven.

As for Notre Dame, well, some have questioned if the Irish even deserve to be in the playoff after losing to Clemson by a score of 34-10 in the ACC Championship. Them defeating Alabama outright (+600) is a longshot, and even if they somehow did, winning the title game (probably over Clemson) could also be unlikely.

 

 

Ryan is an experienced sports writer and editor, who's mainly covered the New York Giants and the NFL for Elite Sports NY.He additionally has his own podcast titled "Wide Right Podcast," which is available on all major platforms.