Odds shorten on Ohio State, Clemson to win 2020 college football national championship

Ohio State running back J. K. Dobbins, Nov. 23, 2019
Ohio State running back J. K. Dobbins (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Continuing to roll through opponents, Ohio State and Clemson are massive favorites to win their respective conference title games, and the Buckeyes and Tigers continue to occupy the top two spots on the college football futures oddsboard.

Ohio State is a 16-point favorite over Wisconsin in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game, while Clemson is laying 28 points against Virginia in the ACC championship. As the College Football Playoff approaches, both teams have seen their national championship odds shorten at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Since passing LSU on the oddsboard last week, Ohio State’s number has tightened even more, from 8/5 to 7/5, after a 56-27 win over rival Michigan. Clemson, 9/4 last week, has been adjusted to 2/1 following a dominating win over South Carolina. LSU remains 3/1.

The Buckeyes were not all smiles during their dismantling of Michigan.

QB Justin Fields took a hit to his left knee in the third quarter and went to the turf in pain. Fields was able to walk off the field on his own and hit Garrett Wilson for a 30-yard TD pass on his first play back after missing a few plays. Fields told reporters he aggravated an MCL sprain suffered on the final play of Ohio State’s win over Penn State the week before. He’s expected to be fully ready for Saturday’s game against the Badgers.

On the outside looking in to the four-team playoff are Oklahoma and Utah, one of which is likely to make the playoff should Georgia lose to LSU in the SEC Championship game, where the Bulldogs are 7-point underdogs.

In the Big 12 title game, the Sooners are laying 8.5 against Baylor, while the Utes are 6.5-point chalk to Oregon for the Pac-12 title on Friday night. Of the two national contenders, Oklahoma has shorter title odds (25/1) at Westgate versus Utah’s 30/1, and both are priced as double-digit underdogs to Ohio State in advanced wagering on potential CFP matchups.

Should LSU and Clemson both win outright as favorites Saturday, they are likely to meet in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on December 28. Offshore sportsbooks listed Clemson as a slight favorite, in-line with Circa Sports’ power ratings that have Clemson as the best team in the country.

The longest shot on the board to win it all is Baylor at 80/1. The Bears (11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS) will have to upset Oklahoma to have a chance at making the playoff.

Based on recent history, a win by Baylor or any other underdog in a conference championship game is improbable. According to ESPN, favorites have dominated the Power-5 championship games, going 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS the last two seasons and 17-1 SU, 13-5 ATS since 2015.

Conference championship odds: Buckeyes among several teams laying double-digits

College football national championship odds

Odds provided by Westgate SuperBook

TeamNov. 18 oddsNov. 25 oddsDec. 2 odds
Clemson11/49/42/1
Ohio State9/48/57/5
Georgia8/110/114/1
Oklahoma25/130/125/1
LSU9/43/13/1
Utah25/130/130/1
Baylor1000/1200/180/1

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