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College Football Forecast—Why the Books Are Calling Clemson

Some college football teams have dropped out of the upcoming season. But that could make the betting field just a little more interesting.

Joe Burrow’s in the NFL now, with the Cincinnati Bengals. Tua Tagovailoa is a Miami Dolphin.

Those two quarterbacks produced a memorable college football championship season that ended when Burrow’s LSU Tigers squad beat the Clemson Fighting Tigers in January. And now, the next college football season is upon us. In varied forms. Not everybody will play, because of Covid concerns.

The Ivy League became the first Division I Conference to drop out of the upcoming season. A number of other schools in lower divisions have also taken a pass, such as the entire Division III Centennial Conference, which includes Johns Hopkins, McDaniel and other schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

This is important, because there’s a whole big world out there beyond the major universities. And bettors will adapt as college football closes in on a late August opening.

Just as in the NFL, college ball officials are raising concern among participants about Covid-based protocols. Bettors, of course, will view this as an audible.

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Besides Clemson, experts view Alabama’s Crimson Tide, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas A&M Aggies, LSU, the Georgia Bull Dogs, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and the Oregon Ducks among the top teams.

Take a look at Clemson. PlaySugarHouse.com has the Fighting Tigers as the favorite to win it all at +150, while others have them at +250, including BetMGM.com and PointsBet.com. That’s a sizable gap if you like the team that appeared in the national final to win.

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  • Ohio State is second at +275
  • Alabama is + 400
  • Georgia is +1200

LSU and Florida are both 20-1 and LSU, at least, will be seriously challenged. It’s hard to lose the Heisman Trophy winner and repeat as national champion.

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BetMGM.com also views Clemson as the favorite, but with a payout of +250. Ohio State checks in at +320, while Alabama is +1400.

LSU? Not as much of a price here to repeat, but still high, at +1400.

For perspective on Clemson’s expectations, its first game is September 3, when it visits Georgia Tech. Despite playing on the road, Clemson is -24. And forget taking the Tigers on the moneyline—they’re -5000 or 50-1. Wanna shell out $100 to make a profit of $2?

Georgia Tech is +1400 on the moneyline. Both teams are the standard -110 on the spread line.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for iGamingPlayer.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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