The Clemson Tigers made quite the statement with a 44-16 thumping of the Alabama Crimson Tide in Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The win gave the Tigers their second national title in the last 3 seasons, and Dabo Swinney’s squad is officially entrenched as a national powerhouse.
Clemson won the game in blowout fashion despite entering the game as the betting underdogs, but they may not be able to fly under the radar again next season.
The SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas has tabbed Clemson as the odds-on favorites to repeat as national champions next season. The Tigers are currently listed as +180 favorites to win it all, followed closely by Alabama at +250.
The Crimson Tide were listed as +150 favorites to beat Clemson on Monday night, while the Tigers were at +350 to win. Clemson was moved down to +250 to win it all next season after taking a commanding halftime lead that only swelled after the intermission.
No other program has odds better than +1000 to win next season’s national title.
The SuperBook’s vice president of risk management, Jeff Sherman, told ESPN that Alabama were listed as the initial favorites because of the “overwhelming support they receive even at low odds.” However, Clemson’s incredibly dominant showing eventually forced the oddsmakers to favor the Tigers next season.
Of course, the Tide can’t be written off considering Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa is set to return next season for his junior campaign.
The teams with the next-best odds of winning next season’s title are the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1), Georgia Bulldogs (12-1), Michigan Wolverines (14-1) and Oklahoma Sooners (15-1). The Buckeyes and Sooners are set to undergo big changes, however. Ohio State will have a new head coach following the retirement of Urban Meyer, while Oklahoma will have a third different starting quarterback in the last 3 years with Heisman winner Kyler Murray expected to join the Oakland A’s organization this spring.
The Texas Longhorns (20-1), Florida State Seminoles (100-1), Michigan State Spartans (200-1) and Stanford Cardinal (200-1) are each facing long odds heading into next season.
The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will take place in January 13, 2020, at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A month ago, FanDuel made news when it decided to pay out all bets on Alabama to win this season’s national championship because the team looked utterly dominant for the first few months of the season. Now, that obviously looks quite silly, especially considering they are going to have to honor winning bets on Clemson. However, FanDuel says it has no regrets about the publicity stunt-gone-wrong.
Clemson is set to lose some quality defenders to the NFL, but their title hopes will hinge on the right arm of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence, a true freshman, will in all likelihood enter next season as the favorite to win the Heisman. The 19-year-old took over as Clemson’s starter early in the season, and the Tigers never looked back.
In the victory over the Tide, Lawrence completed 20 of his 32 attempts for 347 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The outstanding showing came on the heels of Lawrence completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 327 yards with 3 touchdowns and no picks in the Tigers’ semifinal victory over Notre Dame.
Lawrence would be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft if he were eligible to make the jump, but he will have to stay in college for at least 2 more seasons due to the NFL’s age limit.
That is music to the ears of Clemson fans, who appear to be in the midst of a dynasty. The Tigers have now appeared in the National Championship 3 times in the last 4 years, and they will be favored to repeat again in 2020.
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