The 2020-2021 College Football Season continued last week with Southeastern Conference teams getting into the mix. Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia were all in action on Saturday. Which SEC teams rocked it and which squads disappointed? Check out what happened last week in our NCAAF Update so you can make your bets against their College Football odds!
NCAA Football COVID-19 Update – September 28th Edition
2020 NCAAF Fall Season
- When: Sep. 3 – Dec. 19
2021 College Football National Championship Odds
- Clemson +250
- Ohio State +250
- Alabama +350
- Georgia +1600
- Florida +1600
- Oklahoma +1800
- Texas A&M +2500
- Texas +2500
- Penn State +3000
- Notre Dame +4000
- LSU +5000
- Wisconsin +5000
- Auburn +6000
- Michigan +6000
- Miami +10000
- Oklahoma State +10000
Alabama rolls while LSU falls to Mississippi State
The most impressive team this past week had to have been the Alabama Crimson Tide. Odds makers favored the tide by 28 points. Although Alabama didn’t come close to covering, the Tide won 38-19, Bama entered halftime up 28-3. Like Nick Saban does in every game where he’s got the lead, he pulled his starters.
Who knows what Bama could have done if Saban had kept his starters in the game. More importantly, we must look at Alabama’s performance compared to other National Championship contenders like LSU and Oklahoma.
LSU entered Death Valley, the nickname for their stadium in Baton Rouge, with high hopes. The Tigers dominated last season. Some believe LSU had the greatest season in college football histry. But heading into their first game, LSU had lost players on both sides of the football either to the NFL or to coronavirus opt-outs.
The losses showed on the field. Facing a fired up Mississippi State Bulldogs team, LSU played like, well, the inexperienced squad that they are.
During the offseason, Mississippi State hired Mike Leach. One of the things Leach did first was attract former Stanford starting quarterback K.J. Costello to play in Starkville. Costello and the Bulldogs scored 44 points against LSU’s defense. On Saturday, Mississippi State pulled off the 44-34 road win.
In other SEC action, Auburn, Florida, and Georgia all won. Florida and Georgia won impressively while Auburn beat ranked Kentucky at home. Other first game SEC performances put LSU in a tough spot. The Tigers must hope that their rivals beat each other while they beat their rivals. Perhaps, it’s best if Ed Orgeron uses this season to get his team ready for next season.
Oklahoma bombs against Kansas State
The other major upset happened in the Big 12. The Oklahoma Sooners were supposed to dominate a Kansas State team that had lost to an FCS squad. Arkansas State beat K-State 35-31 in the Wildcats’ first game.
Kansas State entered their matchup with the #3 Sooners a +17 ½ underdog. All the Wildcats did was come back from a 14-point deficit to win 38-35. K-State outscored Oklahoma 17-0 in the fourth quarter.
Obviously, that’s a bad sign for the Sooners. It’s especially awful because rival Texas beat Texas Tech 63-56. If Oklahoma can’t hang with a scoring machine like Texas, this could be the end of the Sooners’ Big 12 dynasty.
Serious College Football Playoff contenders emergeCollege Football Week 4 so a few serious CFP contenders emerge. Outside of Clemson, Alabama, and the rest of the SEC, Texas’ offense looks unstoppable. The Longhorns are, for sure, a CFP contender.
So are the Miami Hurricanes. Miami battled a terrible team in Florida State, but they beat them 52-10. The Hurricanes face Clemson on Oct. 10. If Miami can manage to upset the top-ranked team in the nation, forget it. Their odds will drop like a rock.
So, if you like the Canes to make the CFP and win the College Football National Championship, make sure to back them before the game against the Clemson Tigers. Are they good enough to beat Trevor Lawrence and Clemson? We shall see!
Have a great week!