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  • Track the College Football Playoff National Championship odds for every contending NCAA football program.
  • Isolate each team or compare them to others in the same conference.
  • See the current favorite and top contenders.

The college football season may be short-lived, but betting on the next National Championship is open nearly all year.

Here, we track the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship odds, distilling an average from the odds available at our top online sports betting sites.

Top Contenders

Bovada’s National Championship Odds

Team Odds at Bovada Bovada  (Apr. 17)
Clemson +175
Alabama +225
Georgia +800
Ohio State +900
Oklahoma +1400
Michigan +1700
Texas +2500
Florida +3200
Oregon +4500
Washington +4500

*Follow the link in the table to see all betting options

  • (Apr.17) The gap between Clemson and Alabama has narrowed slightly after Clemson’s Spring Game, while Oklahoma has jumped into the top five.
  • (Jan. 8) Clemson is listed as the favorite at nearly every sportsbook.
  • (Jan. 7) Bovada opened their 2020 National Championship odds with Alabama listed as the favorite, before they were dismantled 44-16 in the National Championship Game by Clemson.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Thanks to Clemson, the ACC has won two of the last three National Championships, and has played in three of the last four.

With QB Trevor Lawrence entering just his sophomore season, the Tigers seem set to defend their title in 2020.

Florida State also made an appearance in the playoff back in 2015, losing badly in the semifinal to Oregon.

Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference to have never sent a team to the CFP National Championship.

Oklahoma has made the playoff three times, but lost in the semifinals each year.

Big Ten Conference

The Big Ten is just one of three conferences that has won a CFP National Championship. Ohio State won the very first one back in 2015.

The Buckeyes did return to the playoff in 2017, but lost to Clemson 31-0 in the semifinal. Michigan State also made an appearance in 2016, but were hammered 38-0 in the semifinal by Alabama.

PAC-12 Conference

Oregon is responsible for the PAC-12’s only CFP National Championship appearance. The Ducks lost 42-20 in the very first edition.

Washington is the only team from the conference to make it back to the playoff since then.

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

The SEC is the only conference to ever send two teams to the same playoff. Both Alabama and Georgia were a part of the 2018 CFP, and actually met in the National Championship, as well.

G5 Conferences/Independents

Notre Dame made the 2019 CFP but were destroyed 30-3 by Clemson in the semifinal.

College Football Playoff Appearances & Records

Team # of Appearances CFP Record # of Titles
Alabama 5 6-3 2
Clemson 4 5-2 2
Oklahoma 3 0-3 0
Ohio State 2 2-1 1
Georgia 1 1-1 0
Oregon 1 1-1 0
Florida State 1 0-1 0
Michigan State 1 0-1 0
Washington 1 0-1 0
Notre Dame 1 0-1 0

There are only five teams who have won a game in the College Football Playoffs, and both Alabama and Clemson have more CFP wins than the other three combined.

These two schools have simply dominated the CFP era.

National Championships by Conference since 1998

Conference Number of National Titles Since 1998
SEC 10.5*
ACC 5**
PAC-12 1.5*
Big 12 2
Big Ten 2

*The 2003 national title was split between LSU and USC
*Miami was actually a member of the Big East when they won the national title in 2001

The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) started in 1998, making way to the College Football Playoffs in 2014. There has been a total of 21 national championships awarded.

No Independent or team from a Group 5 Conference has ever won a national championship in this time.

National Championships by Coach

Coach (Current Team) Number of National Titles
Nick Saban (Alabama) 6
Urban Meyer (Retired) 3
Dabo Swinney (Clemson) 2
Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) 1

There are only four “active” coaches with national championship rings locked away. Alabama head coach Nick Saban has as many as the other three combined.

We put the quotations around active because Urban Meyer has announced his retirement from Ohio State. But not many believe he is actually done.


Archived NCAAF CFP National Championship Odds: 2019