2021 College Football Season Preview

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Another fall's worth of college football betting is nearly upon us, so let's have a look at the 2020-21 NCAA Division I FBS season and forecast what bettors can expect for this year. The season already promises to be vastly different from any other in the history of the sport as the Coronavirus has caused several conferences to cancel their 2020-21 campaigns.

That said, some conferences intend to complete their schedules this fall, including the ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, AAC, Sun Belt, and Conference USA. The CFP Committee has announced plans to meet throughout the season to deliver their rankings and eventually decide who will advance to the NCAAF postseason for a chance at a National Championship.

Two of the Power 5 conferences, the Pac-12, and the Big Ten, had originally opted out of all fall sports for 2020, but they've since reconsidered and have decided to play abbreviated seasons.

Notre Dame, who participates in Division I College Football as an independent school that is unaffiliated with any athletic conference, has foregone that tradition for this oddball season and joined up with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Based on the current NCAAF postseason betting odds, as well as the betting lines that have been made available for conference titles, we can expect some of the usual customers to be involved in the playoffs when CFP decisions are made in late December.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

The Clemson Tigers are heavy favorites to repeat as ACC champions and advance to the final four once again. Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence is excited to have the chance to compete again before heading off to be selected at or near the top of the 2021 NFL Draft and is the current odds-on favorite to secure the Heisman Trophy as the nation's best college football player of the year. Everything is lining up for the Tigers to win it all and there's no Joe Burrow/LSU buzzsaw waiting for them in the playoffs.

Notre Dame is lingering around as the second most favorable team to win the ACC this year, and they have the roster to make it happen. Do they have the firepower to contend with Lawrence and Clemson? No. But they are set to win around ten games this year so anything is possible, and the Tigers do have to travel to Fort Bend.

  • Clemson -375
  • Notre Dame +500
  • North Carolina +1000
  • Miami (FL) +1200
  • Florida State +2000
  • Virginia Tech +2000
  • Pittsburgh +3300
  • Louisville +4000
  • Virginia +5000
  • NC State +8000
  • Wake Forest +8000
  • Boston College +10000
  • Duke +10000
  • Syracuse +10000
  • Georgia Tech +25000

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Lately, football betting enthusiasts have been seeing a lot of the Clemson Tigers or the Alabama Crimson Tide, as they always seem to be involved in the national championship picture,. This year is no different. Alabama and their head coach Nick Saban are looking to reload and reestablish dominance on the college football scene once again. The odds imply that they will win the SEC, which has granted each champion a trip to the college football playoffs since they debuted in 2014.

Even during a season when all teams are playing, Alabama has made the postseason when they didn't win the SEC, so even if another team wins the conference, there is still a good shot that the Crimson Tide will be one of the final four teams mixing it up for a title. The Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators are not going to let Alabama win the title easily, as they are poised to make a strong run this season as well.

  • Alabama -130
  • Georgia +250
  • Florida +550
  • LSU +650
  • Texas A&M +1200
  • Auburn +1400
  • Kentucky +6000
  • Mississippi State +8000
  • Tennessee +8000
  • Ole Miss +10000
  • Missouri +12500
  • South Carolina +12500
  • Arkansas +25000
  • Vanderbilt +25000

Big 12 Conference (Big 12)

The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to rebound after a playoff loss to the LSU Tigers last season, and they are the current favorite to win the Big 12. The Texas Longhorns are bringing a very strong squad to the table in 2020, and have a great shot at unseating the Sooners for the conference title. Outside of those top two teams, no other teams are expected to make a lot of noise or offer much resistance to Oklahoma and Texas.

  • Oklahoma -120
  • Texas +150
  • Oklahoma State +575
  • Iowa State +1200
  • TCU +2000
  • Baylor +2500
  • West Virginia +2500
  • Kansas State +3300
  • Texas Tech +6600
  • Kansas +10000

Big Ten Conference (BIG TEN)

On September 15th it was announced that the Big Ten will play an 8 game schedule that will begin on October 24th and conclude with their conference championship game on December 19th. This information was revealed after the completion of this article and has caused us to remove Georgia from the CFP and insert Ohio State.

  • Ohio State -400
  • Penn State +475
  • Wisconsin +500
  • Michigan +2000
  • Iowa +2500
  • Minnesota +2800
  • Nebraska +6600
  • Purdue +10000
  • Indiana +15000
  • Michigan State +25000
  • Northwestern +35000
  • Maryland +40000
  • Illinois +50000

East Division Winner

  • Ohio State -450
  • Michigan +400
  • Penn State +700
  • Michigan State +3000
  • Indiana +4500
  • Maryland +8500

West Division Winner

  • Illinois +3000
  • Iowa +225
  • Minnesota +550
  • Nebraska +300
  • Northwestern +4000
  • Purdue +2000
  • Wisconsin +150

Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12)

The Pac-12 will play football in 2020-21, beginning their season on November 6th. Their conference title game will be played on December 18. There will be only one cross-division game, with all remaining five games being intradivisional.

  • Oregon +220
  • USC +250
  • Washington U +280
  • Utah +500
  • Washington State +1400
  • Arizona State +1800
  • UCLA +2000
  • Arizona +2500
  • California +3000
  • Stanford +5000
  • Oregon State +8000
  • Colorado +10000

There are no real contenders contained within the other conferences that have decided to play, but of those teams, only the University of Central Florida Golden Knights are featured in the top 25 rankings, which includes college teams that will not play this year. Because so few conferences are competing, there is the chance that a team could get hot and ride that wave all the way to a title. UCF has a talented team, but even with so much less competition in their way, we don't expect them to make the post-season, even if they win the AAC.

After all 2020-2021 regular-season games have been played, and conference championship games have been decided, we here at Legal Betting Online believe that the final four CFP bracket and results will look something like the following:

2020-2021 CFP Predictions

Semifinal: No. 1 Alabama, vs.No. 4 Ohio State
Semifinal: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Texas
National Title Game: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
2020-21 National Champion: Clemson

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