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College Football Bowl Season Odds Breakdown

In what’s been a truly bizarre season of college football, it’s only fitting that the two favorites in the College Football Playoff semifinals both failed to cover. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are still the hottest commodity on Bovada’s NCAA bowl games odds board, but they were 19-point favorites when they beat the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31-14 at the Rose Bowl in Arlington. As for the No. 2 Clemson Tigers, they’re off the board after losing 49-28 to the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (+7.5) at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Can the Buckeyes do it again? At press time, they have the exact same odds to win the 2021 National Championship this Monday (8 PM ET, ESPN); the Crimson Tide are laying 8 points to Ohio State at the Hard Rock Stadium, on what should be an overcast but otherwise lovely evening in Miami Gardens. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect for both teams in this marquee matchup.

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide: College Football National Championship Preview

Although the Crimson Tide (12-0 SU, 8-4 ATS) failed to beat the spread at the Rose Bowl, they did jump out to a quick 14-0 lead, and it took a last-minute touchdown rush from QB Ian Book to earn the matador cover for Notre Dame. Mac Jones threw another four TD passes for Alabama, three of them to WR Devonta Smith. The Tide defense took care of the rest, limiting Book to 229 passing yards in his last game for the Irish.

If the Tide are going to beat the 2021 National Championship bowl game odds, they’ll have to perform at an even higher level than they did in Arlington. Perhaps the return of WR Jaylen Waddle will give them the extra boost they need. Waddle (ankle) hasn’t played since late October, but has been cleared for practice and will be eager to show his stuff – he’s a projected Top 10 pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes: College Football National Championship Preview

The NCAA bowl game odds may be the same for the Buckeyes (7-0 SU, 4-3 ATS), but they’ll be facing much stiffer competition this time around. Good thing they have one of the best offenses in the nation, second only to Alabama on paper. QB Justin Fields had another monster season – albeit a short one – for Ohio State; however, Fields did take some punishment at the hands of Clemson’s defense and reportedly needed an injection to finish the game.

Fields needs to be at the top of his game if the Buckeyes are going to win the title. Ohio State’s defense outperformed Notre Dame’s this year, but only marginally, so Monday’s matchup could be another showcase for Jones, Smith and perhaps Waddle. Keep it locked in with Bovada for more NCAA tips and 2021 National Championship betting updates as we get closer to crowning a new champion.

*Odds as of January 11th, 2021

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