College Football National Championship Odds Favor Ohio State & Clemson Over Alabama Heading Into Week 5
By David Hayes
With the SEC rejoining the college football ranks in Week 4 and the Big Ten and Pac-12 on their way back later this season, college football is officially back.
And with these additions comes great change atop both the AP Top-25 poll and the respective odds to win the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Prior to the Big Ten's return to the 2020 season, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers held sole possession of the best odds in the country to win it all this year, behind the likes of star QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne.
However, with 2020 Heisman Trophy betting favorite Justin Fields and his Ohio State Buckeyes in the mix, we now have a push atop this odds podium at +250 apiece.
Beyond the respective ACC and Big Ten betting favorites, the SEC's own Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide aren't far behind with a +350 shot of winning it all. Yet, after the Tide, Florida's +1600 odds feel like a far cry, as the Gators sit tied with Georgia and Texas for the fourth-best odds.
It's unknown whether or not the Pac-12 will even be eligible to produce a CFP team this year, due to a shortened season and the latest scheduled return, but the USC Trojans (+6000) hold the title of best CFP odds among the conference's options, with the Utah Utes and Oregon Ducks behind them at +10000 apiece as well.
In an already unprecedented season, seemingly anything could happen, especially considering two of the top-10 original betting favorites to win it all, Oklahoma and LSU, both took a loss at home in Week 4.
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