It’s College Football Playoff week. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish hit the gridiron in CFP Semifinals on Friday January 1. Check out an update on odds for the 2021 National Championship as well NCAAF odds on the four finalists to win this season’s Heisman Trophy.
NCAA Football COVID-19 Update – December 28th Edition
2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
- When: Monday, January 11 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
2021 College Football National Championship Odds
- Alabama -180
- Clemson +250
- Ohio State +500
- Notre Dame +2000
Alabama maintains underlay odds heading into College Football Playoffs on January 1
Quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris, and wide receiver DeVonta Smith have blasted opponents this season. In the SEC Championship, the triumvirate posted massive yards and points.
The difference could have been much worse had the Tide not called off the dogs in the third quarter. No doubt, Alabama deserves it’s favorite status.
The second choice Clemson Tigers, like Bama, have hit their stride. Clemson exacted revenge over the Notre Dame Irish with a massive beating. Because the Irish made the CFP, we must assume that Clemson beat a legit team to win the ACC Championship.
Based on the odds, Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers figure to meet Jones and the Crimson Tide in the title game on January 11. Notre Dame has almost no shot of beating the Tide while even though Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is fantastic in almost every way, the Buckeyes don’t have a good enough defense to hang with Clemson.
Clemson versus Alabama has become the rivalry to watch in college football. Since the 2014-2015 season, the Tigers and Tide have met in the championship game three times with Clemson winning two and Bama wining one.
Three SEC Heisman finalists and Trevor Lawrence
- Mac Jones +160
- Devonta Smith -220
- Trevor Lawrence +700
- Kyle Trask +2800
Because Alabama and Clemson have dominated this season, three of the four Heisman Trophy finalists play either for the Crimson Tide or the Clemson Tigers. Devonta Smith has become the chalk.
Smith caught 98 passes for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also scored a TD rushing the football. Quarterback Mac Jones threw for 3,739 yards and 32 touchdowns. He tossed just 4 interceptions while completing 76.5% of his passes.
If he hadn’t missed multiple games due to a coronavirus positive, Trevor Lawrence would be a lock. Lawrence’s stats pale in comparison to Jones’, though.
Kyle Trask probably should win the award, he threw the most TD passes, 43, while throwing 1 more pick. But Trask’s squad, the Florida Gators, lost three games in a shortened season. That won’t help his cause.
Either Devonta or Mac should strike the Heisman pose. Who will it be? We’re going to find out on January 5.
Have a great week!
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