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2019-20 NCAA Football Playoff Betting

College Football Playoff Odds

For the first time ever, the Alabama Crimson Tide won’t be involved in the College Football Playoff. Alabama has had a veritable birthright in the CFP since the inaugural 2014 season, but the Crimson Tide went 10-2 with losses to LSU and Auburn this year so they will be playing in the Citrus Bowl instead of a major bowl. That will be one of the most interesting bowl games outside of the New Year’s Six as Alabama will take on Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, but many Crimson Tide players might opt out of the bowl game so that they don’t risk injury prior to the NFL Draft.

Alabama’s poor performance this season opened the door for Clemson to catch them as the team with the most overall appearances in the CFP. The Tigers are making their fifth straight trip to the CFP Semifinals, but for the first time, they aren’t a No. 1 seed or a No. 2 seed. Clemson is the No. 3 seed and will take on Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Odds to Win NCAA Championship Game

TEAM DEC 4 DEC 9
LSU +305 +142
Clemson +240 +220
Ohio State +138 +270
Oklahoma +1850 +1250

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Although the Buckeyes are considered the better team according to the Selection Committee, they are underdogs per the college football betting odds. Clemson has won every game by at least 31 points after a slow start to the season, and the Tigers pasted Virginia 62-17 in the ACC Championship Game. People are starting to remember how Trevor Lawrence carved up Alabama’s defense in last year’s national championship, but Ohio State has the No. 1 ranked defense in the country according to SP+.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they are making their third appearance in the CFP. They won the inaugural CFP during the 2014 season by upsetting Alabama and Oregon to win Urban Meyer his third national championship, but they were one of the first teams out of each of the last two CFP Semifinals.

Ohio State’s last trip to the CFP was spoiled by Clemson. The Buckeyes were hammered 31-0 by the Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl as J.T. Barrett completed just 19 of 33 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions. Deshaun Watson didn’t have his best day through the air, but he and Wayne Gallman churned out a combined 142 rushing yards in the blowout win.

Oklahoma is hoping the fourth time is the charm. The Sooners have yet to win a game in any of their three previous appearances in the CFP, and they are heavy underdogs to LSU per the college football betting odds in the Peach Bowl. Oklahoma was pasted by Clemson in the Orange Bowl in 2015, but the Sooners nearly beat Georgia in the Rose Bowl before falling in double overtime two years ago. Last year, Oklahoma couldn’t stop Alabama, but Kyler Murray put up a valiant effort in a 45-34 loss.

The Sooners backed into the CFP this year as the only one-loss conference champion from a Power Five conference available to be selected. Oklahoma likely would have missed out on a berth in favor of Utah if the Utes would have defeated Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship Game, but their 22-point loss eliminated their chances at a bid. That opened the door for Lincoln Riley’s Sooners, but they needed to outlast Baylor in overtime in the Big 12 Championship Game to make it to the Fiesta Bowl.

LSU has been the most impressive team in the country this season. The Tigers are having their best year since 1958, and they are favorites to win the national championship. Joe Burrow has had a remarkable senior season, and he is a lock to be named this year’s Heisman Trophy winner after leading the Bayou Bengals to wins over five different teams ranked in the top ten throughout the season.

This offense has been electric in 2019 with Joe Brady bringing over much of Sean Payton’s system in New Orleans, and they are expected to slice up Oklahoma’s defense. LSU is finally making use of its abundance of talent at the skill positions, and that has made them title contenders in their first trip to the CFP.

The Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl are the sites of this year’s CFP Semifinals. Both those games will be played on Saturday, December 28, and the winners will advance to the CFP National Championship on Monday, January 13, 2020. That game will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, giving LSU a possible massive home field advantage.

College Football Playoff Format

Over the course of the last several weeks of the regular season, the College Football Selection Committee gets together and votes on its Top 25. The committee is tasked with ultimately choosing the best four teams in America to play against each other.

Though it isn't explicitly stated by the committee, there is a preference given to conference winners. That said, Ohio State was in the College Football Playoff in 2017 even after losing to Penn State, the team that went on to win the Big Ten title.

The SEC made history in 2018 when it had both Georgia and Alabama selected. The Crimson Tide became the first non-conference winner to win a CFP game, and they, of course, went on to win the title over Georgia in overtime. Alabama made the championship game once again in 2019 but fell short against Clemson.

The teams are bracketed together; the No. 1 team plays the No. 4 team, while No. 2 and No. 3 meet. The team that is ranked No. 1 will get geographic preference for where it will play its national semifinal.

The locations of the national semifinals move every season. In 2019, the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl are hosting the semis. The National Championship Game is separate from the semifinals and is at a new location every season. Though the title game is usually played at one of the sights of the other New Year's Six bowl games, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case as shown in 2017 when Clemson beat Alabama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for the National Championship.

Alabama is the only team to have played in the College Football Playoff in all five years of its existence, while the ACC is the only other conferences that has been represented in all five years.

The ACC champion has reached the CFP in each year it has been around, but the Big Ten winner in 2016, Penn State, didn't go to the College Football Playoff while Ohio State did. The Big XII has only had three representatives in the five-year run of the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma doing so in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

Most National Championships (Since Poll Era, 1936)

WINS TEAM YEAR
12 Alabama 1961, 1964-65, 1973, 1978-79, 1992, 2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017
8 Notre Dame 1943, 1946-47, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977-78
7 Oklahoma 1950, 1955-56, 1974-75, 1985, 2000
7 USC 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003-04
6 Ohio State 1942, 1954, 1957, 1968, 2002, 2014
5 Miami 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001
5 Nebraska 1970-71, 1994-95, 1997
4 Minnesota 1936, 1940-41, 1960
4 Texas 1963, 1969-70, 2005
3 Florida 1996, 2006, 2008
3 Florida State 1993, 1999, 2013
3 LSU 1958, 2003, 2007
3 Clemson 1981, 2016, 2018
2 Auburn 1957, 2010
2 Army 1944, 1945
2 Michigan 1948, 1997
2 Michigan State 1952, 1965
2 Penn State 1982, 1986
2 Pittsburgh 1937, 1976
2 Tennessee 1951, 1998
1 BYU 1984
1 Colorado 1990
1 Georgia 1980
1 Georgia Tech 1990
1 Maryland 1953
1 Oklahoma State 1945
1 Syracuse 1959
1 TCU 1938
1 UCLA 1954
1 Washington 1991

USC is one of the most storied programs in college football history. The Trojans have won over 800 games in their history, claimed 11 national championships, 39 conference titles, have appeared in 54 bowl games and they’ve had the most players selected in the NFL Draft.

Joining the Pacific Coast Conference, which eventually morphed into the present-day Pac-12, in 1922, USC made an immediate impact. The Trojans won the first of their league titles and defeated Penn State in the Rose Bowl to finish the year 10-1. By 1939 the Trojans would have four recognized national championships and six Rose Bowl victories without a loss. Prior to 1975 the conference did not allow its teams to participate in any Bowl game other than the Rose Bowl. The Trojans played in 20 of their 38 Rose Bowl games before 1975 going 14-6.

If there was a dead era of USC football it started in the late 1950s. From 1957 to 1961 the Trojans experienced four losing seasons and did not appear in a bowl. They broke out of that funk in a big way in 1962, capping an undefeated season with a Rose Bowl win and the program’s fifth national championship. Under John McKay, the program’s winningest coach, USC won four national championships and 127 games. The Trojans won back-to-back national titles under Pete Carroll in 2003 and 2004, though the last was vacated by the NCAA due to sanctions related to Reggie Bush.

Throughout the program’s history no coach had ever won 10 or more games in his first two seasons. Helton broke that spell with 11 wins in 2017 and got the Trojans their first Pac-12 title and first since 2008 when the team was competing in the Pac-10 Conference. The team suffered a downturn in 2018 and will aim to put that in the rearview mirror with better success in 2019.

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  • Dic 14

    1:00 PM

    • 303
    • Army
    • +10½-110
    • o40½-110
    • +306
    • 304
    • Navy
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    • u40½-110
    • -385
  • Dic 20

    12:00 PM

    • 201
    • Buffalo University
    • -6-110
    • o57½-115
    • -230
    • 202
    • Charlotte
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    • u57½-105
    • +192
  • Dic 20

    5:30 PM

    • 203
    • Kent State
    • +7-104
    • o65-111
    • +226
    • 204
    • Utah State
    • -7-116
    • u65-109
    • -275
  • Dic 21

    12:00 PM

    • 207
    • Central Michigan
    • +3½-115
    • o41½-109
    • +149
    • 208
    • San Diego State
    • -3½-105
    • u41½-111
    • -171
  • Dic 21

    12:30 PM

    • 209
    • Liberty
    • +5½-110
    • o57½-111
    • +183
    • 210
    • Georgia Southern
    • -5½-110
    • u57½-109
    • -219
  • Dic 21

    1:30 PM

    • 211
    • SMU
    • -3½+100
    • o72-113
    • -159
    • 212
    • Florida Atlantic
    • +3½-120
    • u72-107
    • +139
  • Dic 21

    3:30 PM

    • 213
    • Florida International
    • +3-115
    • o63-110
    • +125
    • 214
    • Arkansas State
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    • u63-110
    • -145
  • Dic 21

    5:30 PM

    • 215
    • Washington University
    • -3½-108
    • o50-107
    • -167
    • 216
    • Boise State
    • +3½-112
    • u50-113
    • +146
  • Dic 21

    7:00 PM

    • 217
    • UAB
    • +17-116
    • o48-110
    • +594
    • 218
    • Appalachian State
    • -17-104
    • u48-110
    • -861
  • Dic 23

    12:30 PM

    • 219
    • Marshall
    • +17½-110
    • o61½-110
    • +670
    • 220
    • Central Florida
    • -17½-110
    • u61½-110
    • -1012
  • Dic 24

    6:00 PM

    • 221
    • BYU
    • -1½-112
    • o63-109
    • -124
    • 222
    • Hawaii
    • +1½-108
    • u63-111
    • +104
  • Dic 26

    2:00 PM

    • 223
    • Miami Florida
    • -6½-115
    • o50½-108
    • -250
    • 224
    • Louisiana Tech
    • +6½-105
    • u50½-112
    • +207
  • Dic 26

    6:00 PM

    • 225
    • Pittsburgh University
    • -11½-106
    • o48½-112
    • -420
    • 226
    • Eastern Michigan
    • +11½-114
    • u48½-108
    • +330
  • Dic 27

    10:00 AM

    • 227
    • North Carolina
    • -5½-110
    • o52½-115
    • -220
    • 228
    • Temple
    • +5½-110
    • u52½-105
    • +184
  • Dic 27

    1:20 PM

    • 229
    • Michigan State
    • -3½-105
    • o48½-115
    • -165
    • 230
    • Wake Forest
    • +3½-115
    • u48½-105
    • +144
  • Dic 27

    4:45 PM

    • 231
    • Oklahoma State
    • +6-111
    • o53½-110
    • +192
    • 232
    • Texas A&M
    • -6-109
    • u53½-110
    • -230
  • Dic 27

    6:00 PM

    • 233
    • USC
    • +1½-116
    • o51½-115
    • -102
    • 234
    • Iowa
    • -1½-105
    • u51½-105
    • -118
  • Dic 27

    8:15 PM

    • 235
    • Washington State
    • +2½+100
    • o67-116
    • +120
    • 236
    • Air Force
    • -2½-120
    • u67-104
    • -140
  • Dic 28

    10:00 AM

    • 237
    • Iowa State
    • +4-115
    • o57-110
    • +151
    • 238
    • Notre Dame
    • -4-105
    • u57-110
    • -175
  • Dic 28

    10:00 AM

    • 239
    • Memphis
    • +7-111
    • o60½-110
    • +218
    • 240
    • Penn State
    • -7-109
    • u60½-110
    • -265
  • Dic 28

    2:00 PM

    • 241
    • Oklahoma
    • +13-110
    • o75½-110
    • +384
    • 242
    • LSU
    • -13-110
    • u75½-110
    • -500
  • Dic 28

    6:00 PM

    • 243
    • Clemson
    • -2-112
    • o63½-108
    • -129
    • 244
    • Ohio State
    • +2-108
    • u63½-112
    • +109
  • Dic 30

    10:30 AM

    • 245
    • Western Michigan
    • +3-115
    • o52½-110
    • +125
    • 246
    • Western Kentucky
    • -3-105
    • u52½-110
    • -145
  • Dic 30

    2:00 PM

    • 249
    • Illinois
    • +6½+100
    • o42-105
    • +218
    • 250
    • California
    • -6½-120
    • u42-115
    • -265
  • Dic 30

    6:00 PM

    • 251
    • Virginia
    • +13-109
    • o55-105
    • +384
    • 252
    • Florida
    • -13-111
    • u55-115
    • -500
  • Dic 31

    12:00 PM

    • 255
    • Florida State
    • +4½-110
    • o56-110
    • +168
    • 256
    • Arizona State
    • -4½-110
    • u56-110
    • -200
  • Dic 31

    1:45 PM

    • 257
    • Kansas State
    • +2-110
    • o52-110
    • +105
    • 258
    • Navy
    • -2-110
    • u52-110
    • -125
  • Dic 31

    2:30 PM

    • 259
    • Georgia State
    • +7-106
    • o49-110
    • +226
    • 260
    • Wyoming
    • -7-114
    • u49-110
    • -275
  • Dic 31

    5:30 PM

    • 261
    • Texas
    • +7-115
    • o55-109
    • +215
    • 262
    • Utah
    • -7-105
    • u55-111
    • -260
  • Jan 01

    11:00 AM

    • 263
    • Michigan
    • +7-108
    • o58-110
    • +221
    • 264
    • Alabama
    • -7-112
    • u58-110
    • -269
  • Jan 01

    11:00 AM

    • 265
    • Minnesota University
    • +7½-110
    • o51-112
    • +239
    • 266
    • Auburn
    • -7½-110
    • u51-108
    • -292
  • Jan 01

    3:00 PM

    • 267
    • Wisconsin
    • -2½-115
    • o51-110
    • -139
    • 268
    • Oregon
    • +2½-105
    • u51-110
    • +119
  • Jan 01

    6:45 PM

    • 269
    • Baylor
    • +7½-110
    • o42½-108
    • +236
    • 270
    • Georgia
    • -7½-110
    • u42½-113
    • -288
  • Jan 02

    1:00 PM

    • 271
    • Boston College
    • +7-110
    • o55-115
    • +222
    • 272
    • Cincinnati University
    • -7-110
    • u55-105
    • -270
  • Jan 03

    1:30 PM

    • 275
    • Ohio
    • -6½-119
    • o58-115
    • -245
    • 276
    • Nevada
    • +6½-101
    • u58-105
    • +203
  • Jan 04

    9:30 AM

    • 277
    • Tulane
    • -7-107
    • o57½-110
    • -258
    • 278
    • Southern Mississippi
    • +7-113
    • u57½-110
    • +213
  • Jan 06

    5:30 PM

    • 279
    • Miami Ohio
    • +14-110
    • o55½-110
    • +427
    • 280
    • Louisiana Lafayette
    • -14-110
    • u55½-110
    • -567

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