Above all, it was a dream season unlike almost any other in history for LSU. To show, the Tigers finished 15-0 and dominated Clemson in a 42-25 win in the national championship game. Quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy to add to the glory. And head coach Ed Orgeron has gone from a second choice to the toast of the town. However, mass departures of players and key coaches will make a repeat difficult. So too will playing in the Southeastern Conference. Clemson has opened as the College Football betting to win the 2020 national championship.
2020 College Football National Championship Futures Odds
Clemson 9/4, Ohio State 3/1, Alabama 6/1, Georgia 8/1, LSU 8/1, Florida 14/1, Oklahoma 30/1, Notre Dame 30/1, Penn State 30/1, Texas A&M 30/1, Auburn 30/1, Texas 40/1, Michigan 40/1, Wisconsin 60/1, All Other Teams 100/1 or Higher
Speaking of second choices nobody wanted Dabo Swinney when he was hired midway through the 2008 campaign as an interim. But Clemson saw something in Swinney and stuck with him through an inconsistent first four seasons. Finally, in 2013 the Tigers took off and have been an offshore betting power ever since. Clemson has played in all five college football playoffs and four of the last five national championship games. Consider their top recruiting rankings and playing in the weaker Atlantic Coast Conference. Trevor Lawrence returns as the quarterback and a top Heisman candidate.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State’s 29-23 loss to Clemson in the college football playoff was highly controversial. Late officiating calls certainly failed to go the Buckeyes way. However, it’s also true that Ohio State had the opportunity to bury Clemson early and failed. But make no mistake that head coach Ryan Day’s team will reload. OSU has clearly been the class of the Big Ten and there are no signs of that changing. Specifically, Day toned down the drama of the Urban Meyer era. And recruiting has been every bit as good if not better.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Namely, Tua Tagovailoa is gone and a quarterback competition will be the big story from Tuscaloosa. Speaking of recruiting rankings few programs have been as consistently top tier as Crimson Tide for the past decade-plus. Head coach Nick Saban’s high turnover rate with assistant coaches may be slowing down the machine a bit.
On the whole Kirby Smart has taken UGA up a notch since taking over as head coach in 2016. Smart is starting to catch heat for his offenses that have lacked the dynamic flavor of LSU, Clemson, and Alabama. As a result, Smart has vowed to reform the attack for the 2020 season. The question is if he actually will. The departure of conventional style quarterback Jake Fromm may help in the offensive transition.
Increasingly a repeat looks like a daunting task for Ed Orgeron’s; LSU program. Simply too many key players and coaches have left. Among them are Burrow, and both coordinators. LSU has recruited well but Orgeron may need a year to get his team in sync.
Starting with their Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin is Oregon a team to watch. Head coach Mario Cristobal has loaded the roster with the best players in the Pac 12. Oregon may well prove to be the College Football Betting sleeper for 2020. Owing to that the Ducks likely offer the best value.
2020 College Football Futures Odds Pick: Oregon Ducks