Ohio State title odds plummet

Some of the usual best college football teams are struggling at the start of the 2021 season, and updated national championship odds on BetMGM reflect that.

Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma all had mixed performances on Saturday and they all slide quite dramatically into the national title chances.

Ohio State opened the year at +500 to win it all and fell to +800 after a loss to Oregon last week. Now, after an ugly performance against Tulsa without a win, the Buckeyes are at +1500 at BetMGM.

Ohio State won the game 41-20, but that score is misleading. Tulsa, a team that lost to UC Davis in Week 1, actually had the ball with a chance to tie the game with 9:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. It’s at the Horseshoe in Columbus. OSU would get the defensive stoppage it needed before adding two touchdowns in the final three minutes to inflate the final score, but it was yet another worrying outing for the Buckeyes.

After allowing 505 yards (including 269 rushing) in the loss to Oregon, Ohio State coach Ryan Day transferred defensive appeal duties from coordinator Kerry Coombs to the cornerback coach Matt Barnes, but that didn’t make much of a difference as Tulsa finished the game with 501 yards offensive.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day instructs his team against Tulsa during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo / Jay LaPrète)

Clemson, meanwhile, need a goal line in the last minute just to avoid potentially going into overtime with Georgia Tech. This is a Georgia Tech team that lost to northern Illinois, but the Yellow Jackets still led the Tigers to the brink on Saturday.

Clemson’s offense looks terrible. You can understand that he only scored three points against Georgia. But amassing just 14 points and 284 yards against Georgia Tech is a rough guess. As such, Clemson’s national title odds have increased from +350 to +1000.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, disappointing offensively in a 23-16 home win over Nebraska. If it hadn’t been for a few shaky Nebraska special teams – two missed baskets and one extra point blocked and returned for two – the game would have been even closer.

The Sooners just don’t generate the explosive plays in the passing game that we’re used to seeing under Lincoln Riley. OU’s Spencer Rattler had just 214 yards on 34 attempts against the Huskers.

Unlike Clemson and Ohio State, Oklahoma is undefeated. Nonetheless, the Sooners went from +750 to +1200 within a week.

Alabama is the most popular bet

Even Alabama showed a few holes on Saturday.

The top ranked Crimson Tide hit the road and held on to beat Florida’s No.11 31-29. Alabama took a big lead, but Florida fought back and had a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion with 3:10 remaining. The Alabama defense managed to get the save they needed and retained a two-point victory.

Alabama are a big repeat betting favorite as the national champion. Nick Saban’s team is now listed at +175 with Georgia next in line at +350. There is a big gap between Alabama and Georgia compared to the rest of the peloton.

Alabama is by far the most popular title bet. According to BetMGM, Alabama received 27.8% of the bets and 39.7% of the money. Oklahoma is next at 9.3% of bets and 10.4% of the money. Georgia is third with 8.8% of bets and 10.3% of the money.

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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young celebrates in front of fans as he leaves the field after beating Florida in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. ( AP Photo / John Raoux)

National Championship odds update at BetMGM

  • Alabama: +175

  • Georgia: +350

  • Clemson: +1000

  • Oklahoma: +1200

  • Ohio State: +1,500

  • Oregon: +1800

  • Texas A&M: +3000

  • Penn State: +3000

  • Notre-Dame: +5000

  • Iowa: +5000

  • Florida: +6600

  • USC: +6600

  • Texas: +6600

  • Michigan: +6600

  • Ole Miss: +6600

  • Wisconsin: +8000

  • Miami: +8000

  • State of Iowa: +8000

  • North Carolina: +10000

  • LSU: +10000

  • Cincinnati: +10000

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