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2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Preview

Since 2014, betting on the odds of a college football team winning the national championship is now more enticing because more teams (four in total) are given a chance to win the title due to the addition of a playoff system for the first time in history.

To win the College Football Playoff National Championship, a team must win two games in a row, the semifinal matchup, and the championship game.

We want to give you a sneak peek of who we’re picking to be crowned champion of NCAA Division I FBS in addition to providing you with the best legal betting sites to bet on the odds to win the national championship.

Is it legal to place an online bet for the CFP National Championship?

Yes. Online betting on the National Championship for college football is legal in the USA as long as bets are placed through legally licensed and regulated online sportsbooks located offshore or through state-regulated online sportsbooks. For further information visit our Legal US Football Betting Guide.

Best Legal Online Sportsbooks for the CFP National Championship

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2019 CFP National Championship Betting Results: Did Clemson Beat the Odds?

Heading in the college football title game against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers were 6-point underdogs and had a 37% chance of winning (when using the +170 from the money line), according to Bovada. Additionally, the over/under on the total was set at 58 points.

Most projection models gave Clemson a higher chance of winning than at the sportsbooks, averaging between 40-49 percent.

While coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers had a high chance of winning for an underdog, the odds of them winning 44-16 and blowing out a Nick Saban-led Alabama team by 28 points were astronomically low.

In fact, the 28-point loss to Clemson is the worst defeat in Saban’s entire tenure as the Alabama head coach since arriving in 2007 and doubles the margin of any loss while at the school.

Previously, his worst loss with the Crimson Tide was by 14 points, suffering a loss by that margin three times: 31-17 to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, 35-21 to South Carolina in October 2010, and 45-31 to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

There is a reason why, coming into the matchup, Alabama had been favored in 126 out of its past 127 games – the Tide were a 1-point road underdog to Georgia in 2015 and won that game 38-10. Simply put, the Tide have been not only good but dominate for a decade.

Because of this, the win by Coach Swinney and the Tigers was one of the most impressive in history. Clemson not only beat the odds, but they also did so laughingly – easily covering the 6-point spread by a margin of 34 points and sealing the (+170) money line in the 3rd quarter.

And if that wasn’t enough, the total went over 58 points after Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw an NFL-ready pass, while under pressure and over the linebacker’s fingertips, to receiver Tee Higgins for a 5-yard touchdown with 21 seconds on the clock in the 3rd quarter to make the score 44-16 with the final total of 60 points.

After covering easily, sealing the victory, pushing the total over for the game, and doing all three before the 4th quarter even began, bettors who backed Clemson should be throwing coach Swinney and the Tigers a pizza party to celebrate the victory and the money earned from team’s historic win in the 2019 CFP National Championship.

EARLY OPENING ODDS TO WIN 2020 CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Following the conclusion of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7, 2019, which saw the No.2 Clemson Tigers win 44-16 over the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide, sportsbooks immediately posted the “way-too-early” odds to win next year’s national championship.

Early opening 2020 national championship odds are courtesy of Bovada.

Alabama
Clemson
Georgia
Ohio State
Michigan
Penn State
Auburn
Miami
Texas

+225
+225
+650
+950
+1400
+6600
+5000
+8000
+2000

Wisconsin
LSU
Michigan St.
Oklahoma
Washington
Florida
FSU
Notre Dame
Texas A&M

+6600
+2500
+15000
+1500
+5000
+3300
+15000
+4000
+6600

CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – PAST RESULTS (BY YEAR)

2019

No.2 Clemson          44
No.1 Alabama           16

2018

No.4 Alabama           23 OT
No.3 Georgia             20

2017

No.2 Clemson          35
No.1 Alabama           31

2016

No.2 Alabama           45
No.1 Clemson          40

2015

No.4 Ohio State        42
No.2 Oregon             20

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS – PAST RESULTS (BY SEASON)

2018

No.1 Alabama           45
No.4 Oklahoma        34

No.2 Clemson          30
No.3 Notre Dame     3

2017

No.3 Georgia            54 OT
No.2 Oklahoma        48

No.4 Alabama           24
No.1 Clemson          6

2016

No.2 Clemson          31
No.3 Ohio State        0

No.1 Alabama           24
No.4 Washington     7

2015

No.1 Clemson          37
No.4 Oklahoma        17

No.2 Alabama           38
No.3 Michigan St.    0

2014

No.2 Oregon             59
No.3 FSU                  20

No.4 Ohio State        42
No.1 Alabama           35


College Football Playoff News

Alabama-Clemson IV: 2019 CFP National Championship Betting Lines, Odds, and Prop Bets

January 7, 2019

It’s time to place your bets on part 4. The next chapter in the epic modern-day rivalry between the two biggest powerhouse college football programs will take place tonight when the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide faces off against the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. Sportsbooks have put …

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Alabama Opens as Favorite Over Clemson in 2019 CFP National Championship

January 2, 2019

It’s the matchup we’ve waited all year for and now, it’s time to place your football bets on the final game of the college football season: Alabama-Clemson Part IV. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide has opened as a 6.5-point favorite over No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. Below is …

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NCAA Upholds Suspensions of Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence, Two Others

December 28, 2018

It’s official: Clemson will play without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence against Notre Dame on Saturday in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The NCAA has upheld the suspensions of Lawrence, along with tight end Braden Galloway and offensive linemen Zach Giella, after the B samples from their drug test …

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First Bowl Canceled Due to Weather: How it Impacts Bets, Pools, and More

December 27, 2018

In the 117-year history of college football bowl games, there has never been a bowl called off due to weather. But lightning struck for the first – and surely not the last – time on Wednesday. A First in FBS Bowl History The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl featuring the Boston College Eagles and No. …

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Alabama Suspends Starting OL Deonte Brown, Two Others for CFP Semifinal

December 26, 2018

The top-ranked team in the country will need to plug a hole on the offensive line in less than a week. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide has suspended starting left guard Deonte Brown for the College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl. Two backups, tight end Kedrick James …

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Nick Saban Becomes the G.O.A.T. if He Wins a 7th National Title

December 22, 2018

“I think everybody should take the attitude that we’re working to be a champion, that we want to be a champion in everything that we do. Every choice, every decision, everything that we do every day, we want to be a champion.” Those were the words from Nick Saban on January 4, 2007, during his …

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Top 10 Must-Watch Games this Bowl Season

December 21, 2018

Watching all 40 of the 2018-19 college football bowl games and the national championship is no easy task and most of them will likely be snoozers anyways. Because of this, we decided to rank the top 10 games you must watch this bowl season, so you know which games will be the most exciting to …

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Best College Football Bowl Game Bets

December 19, 2018

The 2018-19 bowl season is officially underway, and we hope everyone has done well with their college football picks so far. There are still a ton of games left on the schedule, so we wanted to share with you the biggest outliers on our projection model and give you the teams most likely to cover …

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2018-19 College Football Bowl Games: Picks Against the Spread

December 15, 2018

Do you need your playoff bet to cover the spread? Do you need to win a bowl mania office pool? Do you need to finish your holiday shopping? If you answered yes to the first two questions, then you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got you covered. The 2018-19 college football bowl season kicks …

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2018-19 Bowl Season Gift Guide: Grading the Swag from Every Game

December 14, 2018

It’s time to see what swag each team got in their bowl game stockings! In college football, the NCAA prohibits players from accepting money or gifts for 11 months out of the year. However, when bowl season starts, the collegiate governing body relaxes the rules a bit and allows players to receive gifts from bowl …

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