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Odds to Win College Football Playoff National Championship Favor LSU Over Clemson Ahead of CFP Semifinals

Tristan Jung
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates in a game against Chattanooga.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates in a game against Chattanooga. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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The first round of the 2020 College Football Playoff is roughly one week away. The semifinal matchups are set, but each team's odds of winning the championship have moved since the field was first announced on December 10.

The LSU Tigers continue to hold the best odds to win the CFP at +150, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which is an increase from +170 last week. The No. 1 seed Tigers, fresh off of celebrating quarterback Joe Burrow's Heisman Trophy victory, have seen their odds to win the championship increase by 3 percent since last week.

The Clemson Tigers, the No. 3 seed, have the second-best odds, but they've dropped from +180 to +200. The Ohio State Buckeyes, the No. 2 seed, fell from +210 to +230. The odds for the fourth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners also regressed from +1200 to +1400.

Right now, LSU is a 13.5-point favorite over Oklahoma, which has shifted from an opening line of 12 points. Meanwhile, in the other semifinal, Clemson remains a 2-point favorite over Ohio State.

The odds now clearly favor LSU, but the margin is still thin. Once the games begin and the national championship game matchup falls into place, look for even more changes.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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