Alabama, Clemson Heavy NCAA National Championship Favorites Following Georgia Loss

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers are the strong Las Vegas betting frontrunners for the National Championship following Georgia’s loss to unranked South Carolina.

Led by star QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama is the top team in the country. (Image: CBS)

The FanDuel sportsbook has Clemson the odds-on favorite at 2/1. Alabama trails closely at 9/4 (+225).

LSU jumped three spots to No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll after defeating No. 7 Florida in Baton Rouge 42-28 Saturday night. But because LSU travels to Tuscaloosa next month to face the Crimson Tide, sports bettors like the Clemson Tigers’ title chances over the LSU Tigers.

FanDuel has LSU at 10/1 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Eight ranked teams lost in Week 7:

  • No. 3 Georgia to South Carolina 20-17 in double OT
  • No. 7 Florida to LSU 42-28
  • No. 11 Texas to No. 6 Oklahoma 34-27
  • No. 17 Iowa to No. 10 PSU 17-12
  • No. 19 Wake Forest to Louisville 62-59
  • No. 20 Virginia to Miami 17-9
  • No. 23 Memphis to Temple 30-28
  • No. 24 Texas A&M to No. 1 Alabama 47-28

Alabama, Clemson vs. Everyone

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas is offering up odds on Alabama and Clemson against the field in winning the National Championship.

The sportsbook has the line on Alabama/Clemson -130 vs. the field +110. The odds imply a 56.62 percent chance of either the Crimson Tide or Clemson Tigers winning it all. The field is at 47.62 percent, with a $100 bet on any team not named Alabama or Clemson winning netting $110.

Alabama currently has two more games against ranked opponents: No. 2 LSU November 9 at home, and at No. 11 Auburn on November 30. Clemson doesn’t have any remaining games against ranked opponents, and had only one all year (vs. then-No. 12 Texas A&M in early September).

The ACC has just one ranked team in the AP Top 25. The SEC and Big 10 lead the way with six each. The Pac-12 has four, Big 12 three, and American two.

Week 8 Odds

Penn State won’t have much time to celebrate its first win over a ranked opponent in 2019. Instead, the Nittany Lions welcome rival Michigan to Happy Valley for a primetime whiteout. The Lions are spotting the No. 16 Wolverines three points.

No. 17 Arizona State travels to No. 13 Utah in a major Pac-12 showdown. The Utes are 13.5-point favorites. No. 12 Oregon travels north to Washington to play the No. 25 Huskies. The Ducks are favored by a field goal.

As for the current National Championship odds, after Clemson and Alabama, FanDuel has Ohio State at +700, LSU +1000, and Georgia +1200 rounding out the top five. The next five are Oklahoma (+1600), Wisconsin (+2500), and Auburn, Michigan, and Penn State at +6000.

As for the Heisman Trophy, Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the heavy favorite at +105 – implied odds of 48.78 percent. Joe Burrow (+410), Jalen Hurts (+450), Justin Fields (+1300), and Jonathan Taylor (+1300) are the other contenders.

Devin O'Connor

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