Clemson’s title, Lawrence’s Heisman odds take hits

The Clemson Tigers remain in a precarious position with quarterback Trevor Lawrence sidelined for at least one more game following his positive COVID-19 test.

The Tigers (7-0) escaped Boston College’s upset bid on Saturday but now must face fourth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) minus their Heisman Trophy hopeful.

Clemson saw its grip on the No. 1 spot in the AP 25 poll shrink to two points this week, and oddmakers are equally skittish on the Tigers’ College Football Playoff aspirations.

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Overwhelming favorites just a week ago, Clemson is now being offered at +200 along with the Ohio State Buckeyes at several sportsbooks, including PointsBet. The two were also being offered at +200 by, although Clemson was bet down to +150 by Monday while Ohio State’s odds had lengthened to +260, behind the Alabama Crimson Tide (+200).

Alabama was being offered at +250 by PointsBet. The only other school listed at less than +1600 was Texas A&M (+900).

Notre Dame was being offered at +3000 by PointsBet and +4000 by, where the Fighting Irish were 6-point home underdogs for Saturday’s marquee game.

Heisman Trophy odds were off the board at both books. The heavy favorite before his positive COVID-19 test, Lawrence is now third at DraftKings at +400, behind Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125) and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (+150).

Lawrence remained the -105 Heisman favorite at FanDuel after the news of his positive test broke, but those odds had lengthed to +200 by Monday. Fields and Jones are now the co-betting favorites at +150.

CFP winner odds (

  • Clemson +150
  • Alabama +200
  • Ohio State +260
  • Georgia +1200
  • Florida +2000
  • Notre Dame +4000
  • Texas A&M +5000
  • Wisconsin +6600
  • Oregon +8000
  • Oklahoma State +10000
  • USC +10000
  • Oklahoma +10000
  • BYU +10000
  • Cincinnati +10000
  • Kansas State +10000
  • Indian +10000
  • Michigan +12500
  • Miami (Fla.) +15000
  • Texas +15000
  • Washington +15000
  • Auburn +15000
  • Iowa +15000
  • Memphis +15000
  • Iowa State +15000

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)