College Football Futures Released in Wake of LSU Title Victory; Clemson Opens as 2021 Betting Favorite

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

  • Dabo Swinney’s program sits as +225 favorite to capture CFP Title next season
  • Champion LSU priced at +600 with impending loss of Heisman QB Joe Burrow to NFL Draft
  • Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is current favorite for 2021 Heisman at +350

The 2019 college football season has come and gone, and it certainly ended in style. With their 42-25 victory over #3 Clemson Monday night, the #1 LSU Tigers capped off a historic season, and in more ways than one, cemented themselves in the vast annals of college football.

Being the story of the year the entire 2019 campaign, LSU showed the narrative was as legitimate as their coaching and talent, as after trailing early to Dabo Swinney’s Tigers, it was instead Ed Orgeron’s Tigers who would counterpunch and eventually, deliver the knockout blow.

2020 National Champion LSU Tigers

This was highlighted by the outstanding performance of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, who racked up 463 yards, five passing touchdowns, and a rushing score, to put a bow on what will be remembered forever as a historically dominant season….and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

The senior became the FBS all-time leader in passing touchdowns in a season (60), while also culminating a playoff run that will not soon be forgotten to say the least. Some of the milestones within that timeframe alone include:

  • Most passing yards in 2-game CFP (956)
  • Most passing TD in 2-game CFP (12)
  • Most passing TD in CFP Nat. Champ. Game (5)
  • Most receiving yards in BCS/CFP Nat. Champ. Game (221, Ja’Marr Chase)

Through all of this, Burrow did more than just bring a title to Baton Rouge, he in the process created an even better post-college career for himself, as the Ohio State-transfer showcased his incredible deep ball accuracy and athleticism in and out of the pocket against a defense stacked with future NFL talent.

This even includes taking a hard shot that appeared to hurt Burrow at the end of the first half. It did not matter. Burrow went through all of this and then some, showing resiliency and the ability to overcome adversity. By game’s end, it seemed like ages since Swinney and his team had the momentum.

While the always-game Clemson hung tough as long as they could, it became apparent as the game grew longer that this was simply LSU’s year, and in a year where they produced arguably the greatest single-season offense in the history of the sport, it was only fitting they go out with a bang as the team finished 15-0 with the CFP crown in hand.

LSU QB Joe Burrow avoids the rush to throw for a touchdown against Clemson in the national championship.

But of course, the train never stops in the world of college football, and with the 2019 season now in the rear-view mirror, eyes will flock to the future boards to look at the outlook for the 2020 journey.

Onward to 2020

According to BetOnline, Clemson is the opening favorite to win the CFP title next year at a mark of +225. With the nation’s top recurring class and a heap of returning talent including star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Dabo Swinney’s squad has one of the best rosters in the country with one of the easiest paths to the postseason given the drop off in the ACC in recent years.

The same cannot be said for Orgeron and his program, as the loss of Burrow to the NFL Draft in April is sure to be a heavy blow for the “Bayou Bengals”. But the return of game changing players like receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson and cornerback Derrick Stingley Jr. will help stabilize things, and while they still have to inevitably deal with Nick Saban and Alabama (opening with the second best odds to win the title at +350), it is clear that the SEC goes through Louisiana.

Odds to Win the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship

Clemson +225
Alabama +350
Ohio State +450
LSU +600
Georgia +800
Florida +1400
Auburn +2000
Oklahoma +2000
Notre Dame +2500
Texas +2500

While their +600 price may seem disrespectful given the magnitude of what they just accomplished, LSU definitely will have to do a lot to mimic their success from this season; yet that doesn’t mean a collapse is coming either.

In fact, far from would be the safer bet, as given how the change in offensive styles was so important to the program’s success, it is likely that a plan for the next quarterback is already in motion, and all signs point to Myles Brennan as Burrow’s successor.

Brennan even has early Heisman Trophy odds attached to his name at +1600. Clemson’s Lawrence leads that crop with the +350 chalk, and after appearing in two national title games where he was brilliant as a true freshman against Alabama and struggled mightily on Monday against LSU respectively, a lot will be expected of the prospect in what will be his third (and almost guaranteed final) season with the program.

Odds to Win 2021 Heisman Trophy

Trevor Lawrence Clemson QB +350
Justin Fields Ohio State QB +400
Kedon Slovis USC QB +900
Chuba Hubbard Oklahoma State RB +1000
Mac Jones Alabama QB +1000
Sam Ehlinger Texas QB +1000
Spencer Rattler Oklahoma QB +1000
Tanner Morgan Minnesota QB +1000
Derek Stingley Jr. LSU CB/WR +1600
Kenneth Gainwell Memphis RB +1600
Kyle Trask Florida QB +1600
Myles Brennan LSU QB +1600
Bo Nix Auburn QB +3300

With the future board now up and live, program activity regarding recruiting, coaching, health, and scheduling will all play into how these odds are gauged and where they shift. But it is safe to say that after such an emphatic conclusion to this past season in the form of the LSU Tigers going the distance, the energy and involvement will carry over for bettors who are already planting the seeds for the next chapter in college football.

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