The 2019 college football season just got put to bed, but there's no rest for the weary -- the 2020 national championship odds are already out:
2020 College Football #NationalChampionship Odds are OUT in Vegas: 2019 Champion Clemson Tigers at 9/5. Runner-up Alabama at 5/2, Ohio State 12/1, Georgia 12/1, Michigan 14/1 and Oklahoma 15/1.https://t.co/pbIeVACwZr @SuperBookUSA #AllIn #RollTide #GoBucks #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/mQHF66jBSG— Marco D'Angelo (@MarcoInVegas) January 8, 2019
Honestly, though: is there much point even giving odds to any teams outside of Clemson and Alabama? Those teams have split the last four national championships and played each other in three of the last four national championship games. Both teams went 14-0 prior to Monday night's title game this year and both teams will be returning several starters from those teams next year, including their starting quarterbacks and multiple offensive playmakers. If one of them didn't win the national title next year, it would be quite a surprise.
So it comes as no shock that Alabama and Clemson have the lowest odds to win the title next year, at 3/2 and 7/2, respectively. The Urban Meyer-less Buckeyes opened up with the next-best odds at 10/1 (now 12/1), followed by Michigan and Georgia at 12/1 (now 14/1 and 12/1, respectively), and Oklahoma at 15/1. Michigan and Georgia would each really appreciate it if you could just forget the last two games of their respective seasons and instead focus on all the wins they racked up before the end of the year. Oklahoma would like you to overlook the fact that they haven't played defense in approximately a decade.
As far as Big Ten teams go...
Iowa is tied with Penn State for the fifth-best odds in the Big Ten at 100/1, which, honestly, seems more than fair. Also: Nebraska -- Nebraska! -- has the third-best odds in the Big Ten. That would be the same Nebraska that went 4-8 last year and hasn't lost fewer than four games in a season since joining the Big Ten. I understand that they were better in the second half of the season, that they're "trending up," and that Scott Frost has a strong track record based on his performance at UCF. But come on -- 25/1? This is purely an exercise in separating delusional Nebraska fans (which is to say, virtually all of them) from their money. And, hey, I can certainly respect that -- more power to the Westgate for grabbing some easy money from some easy marks. But it does highlight the fact that odds like this are probably better for their entertainment value than their predictive value.
And, anyway, unless you're placing your bets on Clemson or Alabama, you're probably wasting your money anyway. It's their college football world right now; the rest of us are just living in it.