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Clemson would be the wagering favorite in any playoff matchup

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The reigning national champions may not be getting the respect some feel they deserve, but they are feeling the wagering love in some corners.

Clemson is ranked No. 3 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. Barring losses ahead of them, Clemson will likely stay in that spot if they can take care of business against Georgia Tech today and against Virginia in the ACC championship game next weekend to earn one of the four semifinal spots in the playoffs.

If that’s the case, one offshore sportsbook has Clemson as the favorite in any playoff matchup with the four other favorites to claim a semifinal bid — Ohio State, LSU, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama (no odds were given for No. 6 Utah or No. 7 Oklahoma).

The closest game would be against the Buckeyes, with the Tigers setting at just a one-point favorite at the moment. The widest point spread? The eight points the Bulldogs would be getting.

Ohio State, incidentally, would be the favorite against each of the other three teams listed.

Below are the complete set of odds:

LSU vs Ohio State
LSU +3½
Ohio State -3½

LSU vs Clemson
LSU +4½
Clemson -4½

LSU vs Georgia
LSU -3
Georgia +3

LSU vs Alabama
LSU pk
Alabama pk

Ohio State vs Clemson
Ohio State +1
Clemson -1

Ohio State vs Georgia
Ohio State -7½
Georgia +7½

Ohio State vs Alabama
Ohio State -3½
Alabama +3½

Clemson vs Alabama
Clemson -4½
Alabama +4½

Clemson vs Georgia
Clemson -8
Georgia +8

Georgia vs Alabama
Georgia +3½
Alabama -3½

Ohio State remains wagering title favorite as Clemson inches closer

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With three weeks left in the regular season, including championship weekend, the true contenders for the 2019 national championship are coming into focus.

Ahead of Week 12’s action, Ohio State was one offshore sportsbook’s wagering favorite to win this year’s College Football Playoff championship at 2/1.  Heading into Week 13, the Buckeyes remain at that same 2/1.

Sitting at 3/1 the week before, Clemson saw its title odds shorten a bit to 5/2, the same as LSU’s.  The Tigers had sat at that same 5/2 heading into last Saturday’s win over Ole Miss.  Both of those teams are just ahead of Georgia at 7/1, which is shorter than the Bulldogs’ 9/1 they were getting at this time last week.

At the other end of the wagering spectrum is Alabama, which lost starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in a win and, not surprisingly, saw its odds tumble from 10/1 to 14/1.  Two weeks ago, the Crimson Tide was at 11/4 to win the title.

At 16/1, Oklahoma and Oregon were next up, followed by Utah and Penn State at 40/1 and 50/1, respectively.  After suffering their first losses of the season in Week 12, Minnesota is now at 150/1 (50/1 a week ago) and Baylor at 250/1 (66/1).

Tua Tagovailoa solidifies status as Heisman wagering favorite

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This time last year, Tua Tagovailoa was a decided favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy.  Fast-forward a dozen months, and after finishing runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in 2018, it’s lather, rinse and repeat.

According to one offshore sportsbook, the Alabama quarterback is now a 2/3 favorite to win the 2019 version of the most prestigious award in college football.  Those are actually shorter odds than the week before as Tagovailoa was sitting at 7/4 on Sept. 30.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow saw his odds shorten as well, going from 4/1 to 3/1.  In this latest release, Burrow leapfrogged Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose odds lengthened a bit to 7/2 from 9/5 a week ago.

Four other players saw their odds lengthen as well:

  • Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (12/1, from 5/1)
  • Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (20/1, from 10/1)
  • Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (33/1, from 22/1)
  • Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (40/1, from 33/1)

Just one player, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, saw his odds stay the same as the junior remained steady at 20/1.

As we alluded to in the lede, and exactly one year ago today, Tagovailoa was a 2/3 favorite to claim the Heisman (sound familiar?). Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins was next at 9/2 followed by Murray at 7/1.  There’s also the below that we wrote at the time:

Tagovailoa’s current status as the front-runner should (maybe?) be taken with a grain of salt. Exactly one year ago today, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was [the offshore sportsbook]‘s betting favorite; Barkley ended up not even being a finalist for the 2017 award won by [Baker] Mayfield

Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa are BetOnline’s 2019 Heisman favorites

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The starting quarterbacks in the national championship game following the 2018 regular season were a true freshman and true sophomore.  Not surprisingly, both will head into the offseason as the favorites for the most iconic trophy in all of college sports.

In odds released Tuesday by BetOnline.ag, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is a 3/1 favorite to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, while Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is right behind at 4/1.  Interestingly, the player next up after those two is the man who Tagovailoa replaced as the Crimson Tide’s starter, Jalen Hurts, at 9/1.

Hurts’ name is in the transfer database as he will likely play his last season somewhere other than in Tuscaloosa, and the same sportsbook has Maryland as a 1/2 favorite to land the quarterback.  Other schools listed as potential landing spots for Hurts include Miami (4/1), TCU (5/1), Auburn (10/1) and Houston (10/1).

Another transfer quarterback, Justin Fields of Ohio State (formerly of Georgia), is at 12/1 to win next year’s Heisman, as is the quarterback who was ahead of him on the Bulldogs’ depth charts, Jake Fromm.  Others at the same number are Clemson running back Travis Etienne, Georgia running back D’Andre Swift and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.

Below are the complete odds to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, again, courtesy of BetOnline.ag:

Trevor Lawrence 3/1
Tua Tagovailoa 4/1
Jalen Hurts 9/1
Travis Etienne 12/1
Justin Fields 12/1
Jake Fromm 12/1
D’Andre Swift 12/1
Jonathan Taylor 12/1
Ian Book 16/1
Sam Ehlinger 16/1
Justin Herbert 16/1
Jerry Jeudy 25/1
Austin Kendall 25/1
Shea Patterson 25/1
K.J. Costello 33/1
Adrian Martinez 33/1

Odds out for 2019 title, with newly-minted champ Clemson the way-too-early favorite

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Shortly after Alabama claimed the national championship for the 2017 season, the Crimson Tide was immediately installed as an 11/4 favorite for the 2018 title, with Clemson next up at 6/1.  Almost one year to the day later, the roles have been reversed.

Coming off a dominating woodshedding of Alabama Monday night, the SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas, via ESPN.com, has installed Clemson as a 9/5 favorite to win the 2019 College Football Playoff championship.  The Crimson Tide is the only other school in single digits as they will begin the offseason at 5/2.

The other two playoff qualifiers, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, are listed at 15-1 and 25-1, respectively.  A pair of teams that just missed out on this year’s playoffs, Georgia and Ohio State, are both at 12/1, while Michigan sits at 14/1.

Texas, which whipped an (ahem) “uninterested” Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, is at 20/1, while a trio of schools joins Notre Dame at 25/1: Florida, Nebraska and Washington.

The only other school with odds lower than 50/1 is Oregon, which comes in at 30/1.