2021 College Football National Championship Futures Odds with Expert Betting Predictions
We are now a full week removed from the 2020 National Championship Game between Alabama and Ohio State. I decided to wait a full seven days before speaking on it so I could let what transpired marinate and form a respectable opinion. So, what did I come up with? Well, that Crimson Tide team may be one of the best football teams I’ve seen in quite some time. I would absolutely take them over the 2019 LSU Tigers, and I wouldn’t think twice about laying points with them on a neutral field in that hypothetical match.
On the flip side, I do feel bad for Ohio State. They were a good team but were just done in by some bad injury luck. They were missing a few key players to start the game, and then their starting running back, Trey Sermon, went down injured. To make matters worse, quarterback Justin Fields was already banged up but gutted through as much as he possibly could.
The good news for Ohio State is that they will retool in the offseason and be back with another great chance at playing for the National Championship. Did you notice I said playing and not winning? That’s because Alabama and Clemson are once again going to be stacked, and it should come as no surprise to see them atop the odds boards for the upcoming season.
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Alabama Crimson Tide +300: The Crimson Tide will be rolling out a new quarterback and offensive coordinator for the upcoming season as Mac Jones has declared for the NFL Draft and Steve Sarkisian left for the vacant Texas job. Stepping up to the plate for Bama will be former Houston Texan’s head coach Bill O’Brien, and we can’t imagine how that’s going to go based on the disaster he created with the Texans. From an on-field perspective, the quarterback position is going to be in good hands with Bryce Young. Young is a five-star recruit and he featured sparingly for the Crimson Tide last season. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in mostly mop-up/garbage time duty. Young is labeled as a dual-threat quarterback that can make all the throws and beat you with his legs, more so than Mac Jones could have. It’ll help that Young will have talent around him as John Metchie III, Jahleel Billingsley and Trey Sanders figure to be the go-to playmakers in the upcoming season. Like I said off the top, Alabama will be stacked once again and is rightfully the favorite to repeat as National Champions.
Clemson Tigers: +350: The Clemson Tigers got a little preview of what life without Trevor Lawrence would be like when they took on Notre Dame and suffered an overtime loss. Lawrence – the projected No.1 overall draft pick in the upcoming draft – was a huge piece for the Tigers, and it’ll be up to D.J. Uiagalelei to fill the void. Uiagalelei performed admirably in that game vs the Fighting Irish as he threw for 439 yards and two touchdowns. Like Young, Uiagalelei will have plenty of skilled playmakers to get the ball to. Lyn-J Dixon will be a more than suitable and productive replacement for Travis Etienne, while receivers E.J Williams and Frank Ladson have the potential to be playing on Sundays when their time comes. Perhaps the biggest x-factor of it all is Dabo Swinney, who will have his team ready to go come the fall.
Ohio State Buckeyes +400: Similar to Clemson, the Buckeyes will be looking for their next standout pivot as Justin Fields enters the NFL Draft and is presumably a top-two pick. There are rumblings about certain players starting the season under center for Ryan Day’s squad, but the competition between C.J Stroud, Jack Miller III and Kyle McCord is as murky as ever. Regardless of who gets the start, they’ll be able to rely on one of the top wideouts in the country in Garrett Wilson. Wilson hauled in 40 catches for 673 yards in just seven games. Impressive stuff. The biggest issue for the Buckeyes may be defensively as they are set to lose some key guys, and we all saw how discombobulated they looked against Bama’ in the title game.
Oklahoma Sooners +800: Oklahoma is the team I’d be looking to back for the upcoming National Championship. They have the momentum of finishing the 2020 season with eight straight wins, including a dominating performance against Florida in the Cotton Bowl. They will rely on Spencer Rattler to lead the way now that he’s got a season of experience under his belt. Rattler is the preseason Heisman favorite, and rightfully so. He threw for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns in 10 games. He’ll have plenty of weapons in the form of Marvin Mims, Theo Wease and Marcus Major. The only issue is the defensive unit and whether or not they can maintain a high level of play throughout the regular season. Remember, they do play in the Big 12, where defense is optional from week to week.
Georgia Bulldogs +1000: The name of the game for Georgia this season is going to be consistency. They have finally found their starter in USC transfer JT Daniels. And with a full offseason of prep as the undoubted starter, Daniels and the Georgia offense should flourish this year. Daniels led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 record after he was inserted into the lineup in the seventh game of the season. He threw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns and helped the Bulldogs take down the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats in the Peach Bowl. Daniels will be surrounded with playmakers on offense in the form of running back Zamir Smith and receiver George Pickens. Many believe that the Bulldogs have what it takes to knock off Alabama, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
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