NCAA Playoffs Betting - Odds To Win 2019-20 Championship Game

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2019-20 NCAA Football Playoff Betting

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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.

Odds to Win NCAA Championship Game

LSU Tigers -5

Clemson Tigers +5

Total 69

2020 CFP National Championship

Both teams will scratch and claw as they fight for the college football National Championship to put a bow on the 2019 season. Playing in their first College Football Playoff, the LSU Tigers did what they’ve done all season, and they did it in a national semifinal against a one-loss Oklahoma squad. With Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow lighting up the scoreboard, LSU triumphed 63-28, scoring the most points in a CFP game. Making their fifth straight appearance in the CFP, Clemson advanced to its fourth National Championship game and looks to become the first repeat winner in the now six-year history of the playoff format. Surprisingly there has never been a No. 1 seed emerge victorious. Continue

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 No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Clemson
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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