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2020 College Football Bowl Odds Breakdown

The Clemson Tigers don’t always beat the Alabama Crimson Tide – it just seems that way. The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship was an absolute disaster for the Tide; they went into Levi’s Stadium as 6-point favorites on the bowl season odds board, only to get smashed 44-16 by Clemson. That’s the worst loss Alabama have suffered since Nick Saban took over the program in 2007. And it happened on the biggest stage in college football.

Are we headed for yet another Clemson-Alabama title game in 2020? They’re still the top favorites on the NCAA football odds board at press time, miles ahead of everyone else. But there are 128 other teams in the FBS (the Liberty Flames gain full membership next season), and chances are at least one of them will crash the College Football Playoff party. It was only two years ago that the Tigers and the Crimson Tide met in the CFP semis instead of the final. It could happen again.

 

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The 2018 Sugar Bowl was also the only time since the creation of the CFP that Alabama faced Clemson and beat the college football odds. They’ve met three times for the title now, with the Tigers up 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS. Is this the end of Saban’s reign over the sport? Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is the new Big Man on Campus after winning three of the last four Bear Bryant Awards as college football’s Coach of the Year.

Let’s not get too carried away. Saban added the 2018 Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award to his trophy case, and Tuscaloosa is still the prime destination for college hopefuls – Saban’s latest recruiting class is just dripping with talent. It might even be enough to get the Crimson Tide back on top when next year’s National Championship touches down at the Superdome on January 13, 2020. Here are the four leading favorites on the NCAAF futures market:

 

1. Clemson Tigers: +225 College Football Bowl Odds

The 2018-19 Tigers (15-0 SU, 9-6 ATS) became the first college football team since the 1897 Penn Quakers to win 15 games in a single season. But they’ve got a lot of holes to fill this year. Their entire starting defensive line has moved on, and QB Trevor Lawrence is losing his two most important offensive linemen: LT Mitch Hyatt and center Justin Falcinelli. Swinney has no five-star recruits in his latest class, but he does have a pile of intriguing four-star prospects, including CB Andrew Booth and WR Frank Ladson, Jr.

 

2. Alabama Crimson Tide: +225 College Football Bowl Odds

It’s way too early to close the lid on Saban. The Tide (14-1 SU, 8-7 ATS) may have lost another title to Clemson, but on the whole, nobody played better football in 2018-19. And now Saban has assembled one of his greatest recruiting classes, led by five-star OT Pierce Quick and another high-end prospect in four-star OG Evan Neal. Saban even poached RB Trey Sanders, this year’s No. 2-ranked tailback, from the Georgia Bulldogs. Most importantly, Saban shored up the inside of his defensive line with DT Antonio Alfano and DT Ishmael Sopsher, the latter shunning Clemson on National Signing Day.

 

3. Georgia Bulldogs: +650 College Football Bowl Odds

How close were the Bulldogs (11-3 SU, 8-6 ATS) to making this whole Clemson-Alabama storyline disappear? They had Alabama dead to rights at the 2017-18 National Championship, and again at the 2018-19 SEC title game, only to see the Tide mount dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks to win both times. Head coach Kirby Smart enters his fourth season in charge with arguably the best recruits outside of Tuscaloosa. Smart has focused wisely on the front seven that gave Georgia problems last year, with five-star OLB/DE Nolan Smith at the head of the class.

 

4. Ohio State Buckeyes: +950 College Football Bowl Odds

Unfortunately for Georgia, they also lost blue-chip QB Justin Fields to the Buckeyes (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS), who figure to be competitive for at least one more year despite Urban Meyer stepping down as head coach – he’s still on board as assistant athletic director. The effects have already been felt, though; Ohio State’s recruiting class is a bit thin, although it does include five-star DE Zach Harrison. New head coach Ryan Day’s window of opportunity might not be open much longer.

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*Odds as of August 20th, 2019

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