Clemson favored to win CFP national title

Clemson is the favorite to win the 2021 College Football Playoff in January.

Travis Etienne
Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

DraftKings and Caesars Sportsbook installed the Tigers as favorites over Alabama and Ohio State, while FanDuel’s latest odds for the championship also put the Tigers on top at 2-1 odds. Ohio State (4-1), Alabama (5-1), Georgia (10-1) and Florida and LSU each at 16-1 are the next closest to Clemson in FanDuel’s breakdown.

The five-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions lost the 2020 national title game to the LSU Tigers, who lost Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, top receiver Justin Jefferson and many defensive standouts — including pass rusher K‚ÄôLavon Chaisson and cornerback Kristian Fulton — to the NFL draft.

Caesars has Clemson’s win total pegged at 11.5 for 2020. The Tigers are 43-2 overall the past five seasons. Ohio State is at 11, Alabama 10.5 and Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma at 10.

Alabama is the universal favorite over LSU in the Southeastern Conference despite the loss of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who also entered the draft.

According to Caesars, Ohio State would be favored over Clemson in a head-to-head game played at a neutral site this season. However, Clemson’s perceived cakewalk ACC schedule has the Tigers as the prevailing favorite for the title.

William Hill Sportsbook made Clemson an 11-5 favorite. Ohio State is 4-1 and Alabama is 9-2.

William Hill lists LSU at 25-1 odds, even with Auburn and Oregon.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)