The best bets to win the 2020 college football national championship

Jul 12, 2019 |
The best bets to win the 2020 college football national championship
Potential NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Justin Herbert decided he would return for his senior season at Oregon, making the Ducks the Pac-12 favorite and a dark horse CFP candidate.
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Potential NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Justin Herbert decided he would return for his senior season at Oregon, making the Ducks the Pac-12 favorite and a dark horse CFP candidate.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

The 2018-19 college football season is in the books and while Clemson is still revelling in its National Championship trouncing of Alabama with the best fast food money can buy, we turn our attention to next season.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook didn’t waste any time posting their college football National Championship odds during this year’s title game, opening Alabama as the favorite. But as Bama’s destruction appeared certain, the Superbook quickly pivoted to make the Tigers the favorites. The point is: one no will be shocked if next year’s title game is Clemson-Alabama 5.0.

But, if you're so inclined to think there will be a changing of the guard in 2019-2020 here are three college football programs with the best value in terms of odds heading into next season.

Oregon Ducks - 30/1

It wasn't a banner year for the Pac-12 conference. The champion, Washington, had four losses and was mostly absent in the Rose Bowl. The conference went just 3-3 in bowl games, which could have been worse, but the teams combined to average just 18.7 points per game.

Enter Mario Cristobal. The Ducks head coach had a pretty successful first season in Eugene. He led the Ducks to nine wins including a victory over Michigan State in the Redbox bowl. And boy has the Ducks’ offseason gotten off to a good start with potential NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Justin Herbert annoucning he would return for his senior season. Add in a Top-5 recruiting class highlighted by securing the commitment of No. 1 overall prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux and things could once again be rocking in the Auzten Zoo in 2020.

Oregon will also be returning a strong offensive line, with five starters back including four seniors, and should be set in the running game C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye. The defense that allowed 16 fewer points than the season before gets back its top tackler in Troy Dye and Thibodeaux could be an absolute monster. If the Ducks can navigate a season-opening game against Auburn at a neutral site in Texas and an early matchup at Stanford, they should be favorites to win the Pac-12 and will have a shot at the College Football Playoff.


LSU Tigers - 50/1

Louisiana State is used to turnover on its defense and this year will be no different as Greedy Williams, Ed Alexander and Devin White have all declared for the NFL Draft and are projected first-round picks. But also, as usual, the Tigers have reloaded again for next season. All-American safety Grant Delpit returns and they signed the No. 2 ranked corner in Derek Stingley Jr.

On offense, QB Joe Burrow is back and will hope/need to improve in the passing game if they want to unseat Alabama in the SEC West. He showed some promise in the Fiesta Bowl, throwing for 394 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-32 win over UCF. Burrow could show improvement with consistent offensive line play and a running game. Luckily for LSU, it signed the nation’s top guard in Kardell Thomas and the top running back in John Emery.

The Tigers have a tough matchup in Week 2 at Texas, but their season will likely come down to their Week 11 showdown with Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide at Alabama. But a win in that game, more than likely has them in the CFP conversation.

Texas A&M Aggies - 80/1

Jimbo Fisher’s tenure at College Station got off to a successful start. The Aggies notched nine wins in Fisher’s first year, including a 52-13 beatdown of North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl. They also nearly upset the eventual national champion Clemson Tigers in Week 2, falling 28-26 as 12-point home dogs.

Quarterback Kellen Mond showed significant improvement under Fisher and has some potential as a dark horse Heisman candidate next season. He will have to move forward without two of his best weapons as running back Trayveon Williams and tight end Jace Sternberger are entering the NFL Draft. But Mond could be getting reinforcements, as Jimbo worked his recruiting magic and brought in the third-ranked class in the country.
The Aggies are staring another tough schedule in the face, with trips to Clemson, Georgia and LSU this season. But if the defense can continue to improve they can make some noise in the SEC next season and 80/1 provides excellent value.

Here is the complete list of national championship odds per the Superbook at Westgate:

Clemson 9/5 South Carolina 300/1
Alabama 5/2 Missouri 300/1
Ohio State 12/1 Tennessee 300/1
Georgia 12/1 West Virginia 300/1
Michigan 14/1 Texas Tech 300/1
Oklahoma 15/1 Cal 300/1
Texas 20/1 UCF 500/1
Nebraska 25/1 Houston 500/1
Washington 25/1 Virginia 500/1
Florida 25/1 Fresno State 500/1
Notre Dame 25/1 Boise State 500/1
Oregon 30/1 Utah State 500/1
Wisconsin 50/1 BYU 500/1
LSU 50/1 Kansas State 500/1
Mississippi State 50/1 Kansas 500/1
Auburn 50/1 NC State 500/1
Miami 80/1 Boston College 500/1
Utah 80/1 Louisville 500/1
USC 80/1 Pitt 1000/1
Texas A&M 80/1 Georgia Tech 1000/1
Virginia Tech 80/1 Duke 1000/1
Penn State 100/1 Maryland 1000/1
Iowa 100/1 Minnesota 1000/1
Florida State 100/1 Colorado 1000/1
Iowa State 200/1 Kentucky 1000/1
Oklahoma State 200/1 Ole Miss 1000/1
Michigan State 200/1 Arkansas 1000/1
Purdue 200/1 Wake Forest 2000/1
Washington State 200/1 UNC 2000/1
Stanford 200/1 Indiana 2000/1
Arizona 200/1 Vanderbilt 5000/1
UCLA 200/1 San Diego State 5000/1
TCU 200/1 Rutgers 10000/1
Baylor 200/1 Illinois 10000/1
Syracuse 200/1 Oregon State 10000/1
Northwestern 200/1 Nevada 10000/1
Arizona State 300/1 UNLV 10000/1
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