Ohio State pulls even with Clemson in CFP odds
The Clemson Tigers remain in a precarious position with quarterback Trevor Lawrence sidelined for at least one more game following his positive COVID-19 test.
The Tigers (7-0) escaped Boston College’s upset bid on Saturday but now must face fourth-ranked Notre Dame (6-0) minus their Heisman Trophy hopeful.
Clemson saw its grip on the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll shrink to two points this week, and oddsmakers are equally skittish on the Tigers’ College Football Playoff aspirations.
Overwhelming favorites just a week ago, Clemson is now being offered at +200 along with the Ohio State Buckeyes at several sportsbooks, including PointsBet. The two were also being offered at +200 by SportsBetting.com, although Clemson was bet down to +150 by Monday while Ohio State’s odds had lengthened to +260, behind the Alabama Crimson Tide (+200).
Alabama was being offered at +250 by PointsBet. The only other school listed at less than +1600 was Texas A&M (+900).
Notre Dame was being offered at +3000 by PointsBet and +4000 by SportsBetting.com, where the Fighting Irish were 6-point home underdogs for Saturday’s marquee game.
Heisman Trophy odds were off the board at both books. The heavy favorite before his positive test, Lawrence is now third at DraftKings at +400, behind Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125) and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (+150).
Lawrence remained the -105 Heisman favorite at FanDuel after the news of his positive test broke, but those odds had lengthened to +200 by Monday. Fields and Jones are now the co-betting favorites at +150.
CFP winner odds (SportsBetting.com)
Ohio State +260
Notre Dame +4000
Texas A&M +5000
Oklahoma State +10000
Kansas State +10000
Miami (Fla.) +15000
Iowa State +15000
–Field Level Media