College Football National Champion Odds Adjust After Week 1

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Sam Herder 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

450800
Ohio State550

500

Clemson

600350
Oklahoma750

700

Texas A&M

30002500
Penn State4000

4000

Notre Dame

50004000
Florida5000

4000

Iowa State

66004000
Oregon6600

5000

LSU

66003500
Texas6600

5000

North Carolina

66005000
USC6600

5000

Michigan

80005000
UCLA8000

15000

Wisconsin

80003500
Miami (FL)8000

4000

Cincinnati

1000015000
Iowa10000

10000

Auburn

125008000
Arizona State12500

6500

Ole Miss

1500010000
Washington15000

6500

Indiana

2000010000
Utah20000

20000

Tennessee

250005000
Kentucky25000

20000

Oklahoma State

250006500
West Virginia30000

6500

Pittsburgh

3000015000
Mississippi State30000

20000

Virginia

3000015000
Michigan State50000

10000

Florida State

5000010000
TCU50000

15000

Minnesota

5000020000
Nebraska50000

10000

Arkansas

5000010000

Coastal Carolina

50000

30000

Purdue50000

15000

Kansas State

5000015000

Memphis

5000015000
Maryland50000

25000

Louisville

5000015000
Colorado75000

20000

Baylor75000

20000

Boston College

7500020000

Texas Tech

7500020000

Stanford

75000

10000

Liberty100000

25000

SMU100000

25000

BYU

10000020000

Ball State

200000

50000

Wake Forest200000

20000

Syracuse300000

25000

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Sam Herder

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and 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 writer for BetMGM and 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.