With the 2020 college football season still months away, fans across the country are hopeful kickoff on Saturday, August 29, from Dublin, Ireland, still happens. That is when it all begins with Navy and Notre Dame in the first of a handful of Week Zero games.
Oddsmakers are remaining busy crafting opening lines on the champions of the Power 5 football conferences: the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Conference title games are set for either Friday, December 4, or Saturday, December 5. Here’s how each conference race looks. together with their corresponding college football odds.
College Football Odds: ACC
The ACC race is Clemson’s to lose. The Tigers have won the last five straight conference titles and have a pair of national titles in that same time span. Clemson lost to LSU 42-25 in last year’s national championship game and are poised to reach it for a third consecutive season.
Clemson returns Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence at quarterback as well as RB Travis Etienne. That is why the Tigers are a -900 favorite to win No. 6 in a row.
If Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers have a challenger for the ACC title in 2020, it is likely either Miami (+900) or North Carolina (+1000). The Hurricanes, 6-7 last year, will have former Houston QB D’Eriq King running the offense. The Tar Heels (7-6) made big strides last year in Mack Brown’s return as head coach.
College Football Odds: Big 12
Like Clemson in the ACC, Oklahoma has dominated the Big 12 winning each of the past five conference championships. There is no reason to think that head coach Lincoln Riley’s Sooners will slow down. Riley will need to plug in a new quarterback, but former Elite 11 member Spencer Rattler appears ready to assume the position.
The Sooners open as a -180 favorite with rival Texas poised to make its move in head coach Tom Herman’s fourth season. Oklahoma State (+600) has a Heisman candidate in RB Chuba Hubbard and Iowa State (+1200) and Baylor (+1400), which went 11-3 last season, offer the best longshot bets.
College Football Odds: Big Ten
With the last three Big Ten Conference titles under their belt, the Ohio State Buckeyes head into 2020 as a -225 favorite to win their fourth straight. Head coach Ryan Day returns QB Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy candidate, as well as a wealth of NFL-caliber talent.
Michigan, which will have a new quarterback in 2020, is expected to challenge at +500 odds. Usual suspects Penn State (+1000) and Wisconsin (+1000) are in the mix and look for one of the following three – Nebraska (+1600), Iowa (+2000), or Minnesota (+2500) – to make some noise in the conference’s West Division.
College Football Odds: SEC
Year-in and year-out, the SEC offers some of the best competition in the nation. The SEC West and the Big Ten East have been the two toughest divisions in all of the FBS. Alabama played in four straight national championship games before losing the SEC West title to LSU last year for the first time in seven years.
The Tide will be right back in the thick of things in 2020. Despite not winning a division title last year, head coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide is the favorite to win the SEC at -125.
Last year’s national champions, LSU, are given +150 odds to win the conference. Georgia (+650) and Florida (+750) are also primed to make 2020 their year. Auburn, which went 9-4 last year, returns Bo Nix at quarterback and always gives Alabama fits. The Tigers check-in at +1400 to win the SEC.
College Football Odds: Pac-12
The tightest conference race might be out west where the Oregon Ducks, 12-2 last year, look to repeat. The Ducks are favored at +225, but both USC and Washington will be hot on Oregon’s heels. The Trojans and Huskies are given +275 odds to win the conference title.
The last four Pac-12 titles have been won by Oregon, Washington (twice), or USC. The only other player in the mix for 2020 is Utah (+450) which went 11-3 last season.