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2020 CFP National Championship Betting Odds

CFP National Championship Betting Odds

In an attempt to crown an undisputed national champion, the College Football Playoff was born. This theoretically gives every team a chance to be named the national champion, but in reality, it has further distanced the Power Five from the other conferences. For the third time in four years, we saw Alabama and Clemson square off in this game last season, with Clemson smashing Alabama 44-16 in the rubber match.

2020 CFP National Championship at a Glance

Date: Monday, January 13th, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana


Matchup: Peach Bowl vs Fiesta Bowl Winners

CFP National Championship Format

Through a selection process by a 13-member committee, the top four teams are ranked No. 1 through No. 4 and compete in the College Football Playoff. The bracket-style format pits No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in the national semifinals, which are played two weeks before the National Championship Game.

The two semifinal sites rotate between six major bowl games. For the 2019 season, the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will host the semifinals with the winner of those games meeting in New Orleans. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will be the semifinal destinations next season with the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl entertaining semifinalists for the 2021 campaign.

The first CFP following the 2014 season was a huge success at the turnstiles with over a quarter of a million fans attending the three games. The first national championship game attracted 85,788 fans to ATT Stadium to watch Ohio State claim the title with a victory over the Oregon Ducks.

Interestingly enough, a No. 1 seed has never won it all. The No. 2 seed has beat the No. 1 seed in all three times that a No. 1 made it to the title bout, and the other two CFP National Championships have ben won by No. 4 seeds.

CFP National Championship Game Results

2018 Clemson Alabama 44-16
2017 Alabama Georgia 26-23 (OT)
2016 Clemson Alabama 35-31
2015 Alabama Clemson 45-40
2014 Ohio State Oregon 42-20

The inaugural title game was a one-sided affair with Ohio State upsetting seven-point favorite Oregon, 42-20. The Buckeyes held a one-point lead midway through the third quarter before future first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott went off. Elliott scored the game’s final three touchdowns and totaled 246 rush yards, a record that still stands. OSU won its first national title since 2002 and its eighth overall.

The next two games were both bangers between Alabama and Clemson. Alabama won the 2015 season game, 45-40, by holding off a late Clemson comeback bid and handing the Tigers their only loss of the season. The Tide were coming off a shutout of Michigan State in the semis, but had a tough time containing Deshaun Watson, who amassed a national championship game record 478 total yards.

Watson’s touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining pulled Clemson close, but Bama recovered the onside kick to seal the victory. The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense with Clemson producing 550 yards against the nation’s third-best defense.

The rematch a year later was just as scintillating with Clemson exacting its revenge, handing Alabama its only loss of the season. It was also the first ever rematch between No. 1 and No. 2 in a national championship game. Clemson had a number of players return for just this reason with Deshaun Watson being one of them, and he went out in style. Watson set a CFP title game record with 420 passing yards, the final two coming on a touchdown with one second left on the clock for the game-winner.

The final four-and-a-half minutes were heart-stopping. Wayne Gallman’s touchdown gave the Tigers a 28-24 lead, only to watch Jalen Hurts throw a scoring pass with 2:31 remaining for a 31-28 Tide advantage. Taking over with just over two minutes remaining, Watson delivered his finest moment.

In 2017, for the first time in the game’s brief history, two schools from the same conference squared off when the Tide defeated Georgia 26-2, in an overtime thriller. Alabama didn’t win or compete in the SEC Championship Game, but the Crimson Tide were nonetheless invited to the CFP for a fourth time. Georgia, which won the SEC title, made its first appearance. The Bulldogs thought they had the game won until Tua Tagovailoa stepped in and led the Crimson Tide roaring back.

Last season, Clemson delivered the biggest beatdown yet in the CFP National Championship. The Tigers were underdogs to Alabama, but they came up big again and again on third down to beat the Crimson Tide 44-16. Clemson beat Notre Dame in the semifinal 30-3, making this team one of the best in the brief history of this event.

Most All-Time Wins at CFP National Championship

2 Clemson 2016, 2018
2 Alabama 2015, 2017
1 Ohio State 2014

Led by Nick Saban, Alabama has been a dynasty and is the only team to appear in all five CFP tournaments. The Crimson Tide have reached the championship game in each of the last four years and won two titles.

The ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten have sent only one representative to the CFP title game and Clemson is the only other team to make multiple appearances. With the balance of power in the hands of just a few teams, it could be a few more years before that trend is broken.

Only the Big 12 has yet to make an appearance in the CFP title game of the Power Five conferences, though the league had its chances. Oklahoma reached the playoff in the 2015 and 2017 seasons only to fall in the semifinals.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 or 8 PM TBA vs. TBA
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 4 or 8 PM TBA vs. TBA
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / TBA Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon At-large vs. At-large
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM Big 12 vs. SEC
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM C-USA vs. MAC
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM American vs. Sun Belt
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM MEAC vs. SWAC
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM C-USA vs. Mountain West
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM American vs. Sun Belt
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM MAC vs. American
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM MAC vs. Sun Belt
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM Pac-12 vs. Mountain West
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM C-USA vs. American
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM C-USA vs. ACC/American
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. American
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM SEC vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Big Ten vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon American vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Big Ten vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM Big 12 vs. SEC
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon Big 12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Big Ten vs. C-USA/ACC
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten/ND
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon SEC vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Pac-12 vs. ACC/Notre Dame
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Mountain West vs. Sun Belt
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Big 12 vs. SEC
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM Big Ten vs. SEC
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM Big Ten vs. SEC
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM SEC vs. American
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten/ND
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM MAC vs. Mountain West
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Mountain West vs. Big Ten
Jan 6 Mobile Alabama Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM MAC vs. Sun Belt

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