Handicapping 2020 NCAA Football Championship Futures
Looking for 2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines & Expert Picks? We’re only about two months into the college football offseason, and a lot of questions remain about what offseason programs and the start of the regular season will look like, but it’s never to early to begin to sort through the futures board in search of value, and added uncertainty to the situation can sometimes help the most astute of bettors in their hunt.
2021 CFB National Championship Futures Review
Here’s a look at a handful of the most intriguing options on the college football futures board.
2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines: Clemson Tigers +250
Clemson is the title favorite following appearances in four of the last five College Football Playoff National Championship gams, including two straight. This past season, Dabo Swinney’s squad ran into an absolute buzzsaw in Joe Burrows and the LSU Tigers in the title game.
While Burrow will by playing his football in the pro ranks this upcoming year, Clemson returns quarterback Trevor Lawrence for likely one last run at a national title. He’ll be arguably the best quarterback in the country and a Heisman frontrunner this season.
With two national title game appearances and one win in two seasons in college, Lawrence is a proven winner.
2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines: Ohio State Buckeyes +400
The class of the Big Ten once again in 2019, Ohio State made it to the national semifinals this past season, losing a competitive game to Clemson.
Like the Tigers, the Buckeyes return their starting quarterback in Justin Fields for this season.
Fields joins Lawrence as a Heisman frontrunner, ready to orchestrate one of the country’s most potent offenses.
The program really hasn’t lost a step without Urban Meyer, as Ryan Day led the team to a 13-0 record before that national semifinal loss to Clemson.
2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines: Alabama Crimson Tide +500
For the first time in a few years, Alabama enters the spring with questions as quarterback. The injuries to Tua Tagovailoa allowed Mac Jones to gain some experience, appearing in 12 games as a sophomore.
There were some positives, but many Tide fans will remember the negatives – most notably two pick-sixes in a 48-45 loss to Auburn.
Enter Bryce Young, a five-star true freshman who’s the No. 2 overall prospect in this year’s class (and the No. 1 quarterback). He’s undersized, but no one questions his athleticism and ability to throw the football.
Whichever player wins the starting job, they’ll be joined in the backfield by running back Najee Harris, who could be the next in line in the tradition of Heisman-winning Alabama running backs under Nick Saban.
2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines: Georgia Bulldogs +700
Kirby Smart continues to prove his worth as a recruiter, having beaten out his former colleague Nick Saban in two of three years. The team has high-ranking prospects all over the field, most notably on defense, with one of the most feared units in the country.
On the other side of the ball, though, there are a lot of questions about an offense looking to replace notable contributors, most notably quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift.
Incoming Wake Forest quarterback transfer Jamie Newman is a player to watch this spring, as he could step right into the Heisman conversation if everything falls right.
2021 College Football Championship Futures Betting Lines: LSU Tigers +3000
It was a dream season for LSU in 2019, with Joe Burrow taking the college football world by storm and guiding the program to its fourth national title. Now comes the tall order of defending that title, and doing so without Burrow in the fold. The responsibility there falls to junior Myles Brennan.
That won’t be the only transition, as Ed Orgeron’s staff will have some high-profile new faces on it, with Bo Pelini replacing Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator, and Scott Linehan replacing the highly-touted Joe Brady as passing game coordinator.
There will certainly be some growing pains, but this will still be a competitive Tiger team once again.
ODDS TO WIN 2021 NCAA Football National Championship: Futures Odds
- Clemson +250
- Ohio State +400
- Alabama +500
- Georgia +700
- Florida +1500
- Oklahoma +2500
- Auburn +3000
- LSU +3000
- Texas A&M +3000
- Notre Dame +3500
- Oregon +3500
- Penn State +3500
- Texas +3500
- Michigan +5000
- Wisconsin +8000
- Baylor +10000
- UCF +10000
- Florida State +10000
- Iowa State +10000
- Miami (FL) +10000
- Minnesota +10000
- Nebraska +10000
- USC +10000
- Utah +10000
- Washington +10000
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