College Football National Champion Odds Adjust After Week 1

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Sam Herder @SamHerderFCS Sep 09, 2021, 9:20 AM

When No. 5 Georgia and No. 3 Clemson faced off in Week 1, the national ramifications, no matter the result, were going to be significant. The two teams have high hopes to make the College Football Playoff. An early loss makes the path to the playoff that much harder.

And when Georgia defeated Clemson 10-3, it caused a shift in the college football betting odds to win the national title.

Entering week one, Clemson had the second-best CFP champion odds at +450, behind Alabama with +260 odds. After the loss, the Tigers dropped to the fourth-best odds (+600).

Georgia’s win moved the Bulldogs from the fifth-best odds (+600) to the second-best (+450).

Other notable line movement after the opening weekend is Penn State going from +8000 odds to win the national championship to +4000. The No. 19 Nittany Lions took down No. 12 Wisconsin 16-10. 

No. 21 Texas went from +10000 to +6600 after hammering No. 23 Louisiana 38-18. 

And how about UCLA? The Bruins defeated No. 16 LSU 38-27, moving their odds to win the CFP title from +20000 to +8000.

But don’t get it twisted with all of the line movement. The top dogs are still the top dogs. Alabama is sitting above the rest with +250 odds.

The betting public loves the Crimson Tide’s chances. Alabama has the highest ticket percentage at BetMGM at 22.3 percent and the highest handle percentage at 28 percent.

Oklahoma has 11.6 percent of the tickets and 13.4 percent of the handle, while Georgia has 8.5 percent of the tickets and 13.9 percent of the handle. 

Here are the current odds to win the national championship, along with what the opening odds were.

Team

Current Odds (+) Opening Odds (+)

Alabama

250

300

Georgia

450 800
Ohio State 550

500

Clemson

600 350
Oklahoma 750

700

Texas A&M

3000 2500
Penn State 4000

4000

Notre Dame

5000 4000
Florida 5000

4000

Iowa State

6600 4000
Oregon 6600

5000

LSU

6600 3500
Texas 6600

5000

North Carolina

6600 5000
USC 6600

5000

Michigan

8000 5000
UCLA 8000

15000

Wisconsin

8000 3500
Miami (FL) 8000

4000

Cincinnati

10000 15000
Iowa 10000

10000

Auburn

12500 8000
Arizona State 12500

6500

Ole Miss

15000 10000
Washington 15000

6500

Indiana

20000 10000
Utah 20000

20000

Tennessee

25000 5000
Kentucky 25000

20000

Oklahoma State

25000 6500
West Virginia 30000

6500

Pittsburgh

30000 15000
Mississippi State 30000

20000

Virginia

30000 15000
Michigan State 50000

10000

Florida State

50000 10000
TCU 50000

15000

Minnesota

50000 20000
Nebraska 50000

10000

Arkansas

50000 10000

Coastal Carolina

50000

30000

Purdue 50000

15000

Kansas State

50000 15000

Memphis

50000 15000
Maryland 50000

25000

Louisville

50000 15000
Colorado 75000

20000

Baylor 75000

20000

Boston College

75000 20000

Texas Tech

75000 20000

Stanford

75000

10000

Liberty 100000

25000

SMU 100000

25000

BYU

100000 20000

Ball State

200000

50000

Wake Forest 200000

20000

Syracuse 300000

25000

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Sam Herder

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Sam Herder is a football writer for BetMGM and the Senior FCS Analyst for BetMGM affiliate HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.

Sam Herder is a football writer for BetMGM and the Senior FCS Analyst for BetMGM affiliate HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.