Despite COVID-19 cancelling spring practice, bettors are jumping all over the CFP championship odds, which are active and on the board. We take a closer look at the college football national championship odds for all the major programs looking to claim the 2021 title.
Who Is The Favorite To Win The College Football National Championship?
Despite falling to LSU in the title game last season, the Clemson Tigers have the best odds to win the national championship. A big reason why Clemson is once again so high on the college football futures odds board is that they have quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. Lawrence is the current co-favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, while Etienne rushed for over 1,600 yards and averaged 7.8 yards per carry in 2019.
Following closely on the Tigers' heels are the Ohio State Buckeyes with odds of +300. The Buckeyes will need to make up for the big losses of Chase Young and Jeff Okudah on defense, but at least QB Justin Fields will return to lead their offense. Fields had a 41:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season and sits as the other co-favorite to win the Heisman in 2020.
Alabama didn't make the college football playoff last season, but the Crimson Tide have the third-best college football playoff odds at +450. Despite having seven players selected in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Tide are still loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.
Defending champion LSU (+650) and SEC rival Georgia (+900) round out the Top 5 in NCAA football championship odds for the upcoming season. Here are the Top 30 schools with the best odds to win the college football national championship as of June 5, 2020.
2021 College Football National Championship Odds
Odds to win 2021 CFP National Championship
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+300|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||+450|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+3,300|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||+3,300|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+4,000|
|Iowa State Cyclones||+8,000|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||+8,000|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||+10,000|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||+10,000|
|Florida State Seminoles||+20,000|
|TCU Horned Frogs||+25,000|
|Central Florida Knights||+25,000|
Odds courtesy of Bet365
Understanding College Football futures odds
Sportsbooks release college football futures odds pretty much as soon the clock hits zero in the previous season's national championship game. There are many ways to wager on NCAA football futures but picking the outright winner of the national championship is definitely the most popular. During the offseason and preseason, you'll be able to get a plus-money price on basically any team in the nation as there is so much uncertainty around what will happen next year.
NCAA football championship odds will usually look like this:
- Clemson Tigers +225
This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to win $225 if the Tigers win the national title. If it's close to the end of the regular season and there is a particularly dominant program, you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.
- Ohio State Buckeyes -150
This means that if you bet on Ohio State during the college football season you would have needed to bet $150 to profit $100 if the Buckeyes won the championship.
Of course, futures odds are a fluid market. They can change every day based on news, injuries, suspensions, transfers, etc. In college football there generally isn't too much movement in the futures market during the offseason, but once the season begins, look for huge changes week-to-week based on wins and losses.
All the odds seen above are in American format. Should you find decimal format or fractional format easier to read, simply convert the odds using our simple odds converter tool.
Where can I bet on College Football futures
College football is one of the most popular sports for people in North America to bet on so you'll find NCAA futures at pretty much any sportsbook in the world. However, when choosing an online sportsbook, it's important to choose one that can be trusted, so check out our list of the top online sportsbooks in your region. You'll also want to shop around a bit before placing a futures bet. It's not uncommon to find odds that could profit you a few extra dollars (or hundreds of dollars, depending on your wager size) when comparing futures odds.