The Associated Press released its preseason AP Top 25 College Football Poll on Aug. 19.
This list projects who the top teams will be in college football this season. And, it offers gamblers and football fans across the country a framework to base College Football futures bets on.
College Football futures markets
College Football futures markets are now open in the now 11 states that have launched legal sports betting. These betting markets give you the opportunity to wager on which team or teams you think might make it to and ultimately win the College Football Playoff National Championship.
The 130 schools in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) begin the regular season on Aug. 24. The FBS regular season will run through Dec. 14 with most of these teams playing 13 games.
Then, the FBS postseason, otherwise known as The College Football Playoff, will include the top four ranked teams in the country facing off in two semifinal bowls. These are the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl, on Dec. 28.
The winners will play in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 13, in New Orleans.
AP Top 25 College Football odds
Now that the preseason AP Top 25 College Football Poll has been released, legal sportsbooks across the country have refined most of the preseason odds on who will win the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Here’s a look at those preseason odds on all of the AP Top 25 at four of the top sports betting apps in the country. This includes NJ sports betting apps DraftKings Sportsbook and BetStars NJ. Plus, PA sports betting apps FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino and Parx Sportsbook.
|Preseason Top 25 AP College Football||DraftKings (NJ)||BetStars (NJ)||FanDuel (PA)||Parx (PA)|
|3. Georgia ||+900||+650||+1000||+900|
|5. Ohio State||+1400||+800||+1500||+1400|
|9. Notre Dame ||+5000||+2500||+5000||+5000|
|12. Texas A&M||+10000||+6600||+10000||+10000|
|15. Penn State||+7000||+10000||+10000||+7000|
|18. Michigan State||+10000||+20000||+8000||+10000|
|21. Iowa State||+15000||+20000||+20000||+15000|
|22. Syracuse ||+12500||+20000||+25000||+12500|
|23. Washington State||+12500||+20000||+12500||+12500|
College Football Playoff National Championship
As you can see, most oddsmakers are making the College Football Playoff National Championship a two-team battle this season. That’s mostly because the two teams that played in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game are returning several stars this season.
The Clemson Tigers won the title last season and quarterback Trevor Lawrence is back this year. In the meantime, quarterback Tau Tagovailoa leads a host of top players returning to 2019 runner-up the Alabama Crimson Tide.
This Clemson-Alabama rivalry has really dominated college football for the past four years.
Last season’s College Football Playoff National Championship game was the third time in the past four years the two schools have played in the title game. Even in the off-year, Alabama played Clemson in one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals.
The Clemson-Alabama prices are right
Both teams are expected to run the table this year on the way to the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
The closer they come to accomplishing this goal, the lower the odds will drop. That’s why it’s a good idea to lock in a college football futures bet on either Clemson or Alabama to win it all during the preseason. The price on these two favorites will likely never be better than it is right now.
The same most likely holds true for the rest of the preseason AP Top 25 teams. Should Alabama or Clemson falter and any of the rest of the AP Top 25 emerge as true contenders for the College Football Playoff National Championship the odds on these teams will drop dramatically.
Lock in a bet on any team you think can win it all now. That way you can avoid a feeling of regret when oddsmakers finally catch up.