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2020 College Football Odds Breakdown


You never know what might happen during the non-conference portion of the FBS schedule. As it turns out, nothing much did happen–at least for the top contenders on the NCAA football odds board. The Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and Ohio State Buckeyes all put the boots to their overmatched opponents. Maybe the NFL should look into eliminating their exhibition games and adopting a similar top-versus-bottom schedule during the first three weeks of the regular season.

Week 4 is usually where things really start happening in college, but it’s still a steady diet of cupcakes for most of this year’s highest-ranked teams. Don’t expect to see too many changes in their odds to win the 2020 National Championship after this week’s games are done – barring injury, of course. It’ll be up to intriguing outsiders like the Auburn Tigers (+6600) and Iowa Hawkeyes (+10000) to keep winning until they get their chance to overtake the leaders.


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While the top four title favorites haven’t changed since the preseason, the leaders have pulled away from the pack just a little. Here are the 2019 college football odds at Bovada Sportsbook as we go to press:




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1. Clemson Tigers: +180 College Football Bowl Odds

The defending champions were +225 co-favorites when it all began, but Clemson (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) have moved into sole possession of first place – thanks to their willingness to face a proper team in Week 2. And while they gave up the matador cover to the then-No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies, the Tigers (–15.5 at home) were otherwise dominant in their 24-10 victory on national television, giving them an extra boost up the college football odds board.

Having already played two ACC teams in the first three weeks, Clemson will take it easy in Week 4 and host the Charlotte 49ers of Conference USA this Saturday (7:30 PM ET, ACCN). Actually, they’ll be taking it easy all the way to the College Football Playoff; the ACC is easily the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, and about as talented as the American Athletic Conference.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide: +260 College Football Bowl Odds

The Crimson Tide (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) had arguably the best team on paper heading into the 2019-20 campaign. They still might, but failing to cover giant spreads against New Mexico State and South Carolina hasn’t helped their profile. Alabama have lost ground to Clemson every week on the national polls, earning 10 first-place votes during the preseason, then eight, six, and now five.

Saturday’s game (noon ET, ESPN2) against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles – also representing Conference USA – isn’t likely to move the needle much. But this might: DE LaBryan Ray is out indefinitely with an injured foot. It’s the latest in a difficult run of bad health for the ‘Bama defense; linebackers Joshua McMillon and Dylan Moses were lost for the season before Week 1.

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3. Georgia Bulldogs: +650 College Football Bowl Odds

Georgia have started the season very well at 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS. We’ll find out a lot more about their true talent level this Saturday (8 PM ET, CBS) when they host the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who are eighth on the college football futures market at +2500. Updates are pending on the status of OT Isaiah Wilson (ankle) and receivers Tyler Simmons (shoulder) and Demetris Robertson (hamstring) for this matchup.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes: +800 College Football Bowl Odds

Moving up from +1000 are the Buckeyes (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS), who have already quelled any concerns over the combination of head coach Ryan Day and ex-Bulldogs quarterback Justin Fields. They were favored by at least two touchdowns in each of their first three games, but they played at a very high level, with Fields throwing nine touchdown passes and zero interceptions while scrambling for another four TDs. Saturday’s non-con game (3:30 PM ET, BTN) against the Miami-Ohio Redhawks of the Mid-American Conference will give Fields another opportunity to pad his stats; he’s available at +1100 to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

*Odds as of October 1st,2019

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