The college football season is upon us and there’s no better time to look at the 2021 National Championship picture than now. The top five teams with the best odds to win it all haven’t changed all that much in a few years. The same teams flank college football with top talent and Heisman hopefuls all around and it’s no different this season. This year will be interesting because these top teams had to replace talent all over on offense. We’re just a couple of days away from the 2021 campaign and we couldn’t be more than ready to kick it off.
Five Best Odds To Win The 2021 National Championship
Last season, Alabama had yet another outstanding year as they went undefeated to win the National Championship. It’ll be hard to do, but their goal is to do this same this season. Even with losing Mac Jones, Najee Harris, and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Alabama has the top recruiting class for the upcoming season.
They have a stellar offensive line, with two players ranked in the top five. Heisman Trophy hopeful Bryce Young will take the snaps under center for Alabama, who sat and learned behind the dangerous offense last season. This team looks like it has all the tools to make yet another run at a National Championship.
Last season, Clemson had one of the best QB-RB duos in college with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne lighting up the country. It’s going to be hard to replace what these two have brought to this team but they expect to yet again bring forth an explosive offense with a Heisman favorite in D.J. Uiagalelei under center throwing to projected first-round pick Justyn Ross.
Clemson doesn’t have an Etienne at running back but they do a potential three-headed monster, led by Lyn-J Dixon. Wrap all of that up with the fact that this team returns all but one starter on defense. The experience and the schemes this defense brings will be tough for anyone to break. This team is well-rounded and is poised to bring home the hardware yet again.
Ohio State (+550)
Head coach Ryan Day named C.J. Stroud as the starting quarterback for the 2021 season. After falling short against Alabama in last year’s National Championship game, Ohio State looks to regroup and continue their ultimate goal. The Buckeyes have a lot of talent around this team. Not only do they have a Heisman favorite taking snaps under center yet again, but they have one of the best receivers in the nation with Chris Olave working with him.
With defensive tackle Haskell Garrett returning, the line will be a problem yet again for teams. Ohio State also has two top-five edge rushers in Jack Sawyer (No. 4 recruit) and the highest-rated recruit in Ohio State history, J.T. Tuimoloau (No. 1 recruit). This offense paired with this defense has the recipe to make it back to the big game and possibly win it.
As Oklahoma’s time in the Big 12 is nearing an end in a few years, they’re hoping that they can secure a National Championship before they go over to the SEC. If at all they win, this year would be it. Oklahoma starts as the number two team in the nation behind Alabama and a big reason why is quarterback Spencer Rattler. In his first year starting in 2020, he threw for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns. Year two in 2021 is supposed to be a special year in Lincoln Riley‘s system and the oddsmakers sure think so too as he’s the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
As much as we talk about Rattler, this receiving group looks complete and the running back position, led by Kennedy Brooks, has depth throughout that can produce. The defensive front is their strongest area on that side of the ball, which is among the best in the country. Oklahoma is hoping the rest of the defense can take steps forward from losing a few players in the NFL Draft. If so, this team will be much better and their chances to win it all will increase even more.
When we talk about Georgia, defense is the first thing that comes to mind. The Bulldogs have had a great recruiting class the past couple of years, most notably on defense. They have a stellar defensive front and some pieces coming together in the secondary, including cornerback Kelee Ringo. As much as we talk about Georgia’s defense, maybe it’s time to talk about the offense as well this season.
In years past, the defense has always risen but moving the ball on offense was always a problem. This season, they have a quarterback in JT Daniels who can move the ball up and down the field, giving much-needed explosiveness to this team. With both sides of the ball finally coinciding, this Georgia team will be a lot tougher to beat.
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Texas A&M (+2500)
Iowa State (+3000)
Notre Dame (+4000)