Although we are a way off from the 2021 college football season starting, it is never too early to look ahead and get excited. There’s something about college football that keeps us on the edge of our seats, as you never know what could happen. Of course, watching these talented young athletes reach incredible heights has its own thrill, and it’s interesting to see how the teams change from season to season.
College football fans can be even more passionate than fans of professional football. Sportsbook platforms are expecting more college sports fans to join in the coming years and even have free bet no deposit offers for 2021. With a wave of legalized sports betting spreading across the US, sports books are now offering plenty of options for college football fans including playoff futures.
When we look at the current CFP futures, we can see that the Ducks are +5000, trailing behind other strong teams like Alabama at +250 and Ohio State at +600. Let’s take a look at why certain teams are favored and what they may need to do before next season.
This upcoming season for the Ducks is certainly an important one. The team will be looking to capitalize on the success of the last two seasons as the back-to-back Pac-12 champions. These two recent championship wins will be great for momentum, but there are certainly some challenges on the horizon and some aspects they need to focus on.
First off, most college football analysts will be quick to say the team has a rough schedule ahead of them. This includes a week-2 matchup versus the Ohio State Buckeyes that is being called the most difficult non-conference game of the season. After this, the Ducks have a week-5 game versus their old rival, the Stanford Cardinals. In the last stretch of the season, the Ducks will return to Washington to face off against the Huskies and play the grudge match that is carrying over from last season.
All of this plays a large role in the team’s current odds of +5000 in the CFP despite being +250 to take the PAC-12 championship. Regardless, the Ducks will be looking to make a big impression this season and let the world know that they are one of the top teams in the country. However, they do have a few places where they need to make some decisions. They have an upcoming quarterback competition between Anthony Brown and freshmen Jay Butterfield and Robby Ashford. Also, the team’s defense needs a tuneup after having four games where they gave up 29 or more points in 2020.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Looking at some of the Ducks’ competitors in the CFP futures, Alabama is of course their main rival and the team has +250 chances after securing the championship last season. Crimson Tide is returning with 10 of the starters that made the championship last year happen. However, they have a new quarterback at the helm with Bryce Young, and they need to pad their receiver core. Their defense looks to be as solid as last season, and overall they just need to focus on growing their offense. Make no mistake, Alabama is still looking strong heading into the 2021 season.
Even with some offseason shuffling and looming questions, analysts have still given the Clemson Tigers +350 chances of going the distance this season. With their former quarterback Trevor Lawrence now headed for the NFL, this leaves D.J. Uiagalelei in the role and results thus far have been mixed. He did however complete 20 of 28 passes for 174 yards in a recent practice game. Either way, quarterback depth is still a concern. Also, with the departure of star running back Travis Etienne, there is a clear hole that will not be easily filled.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are another favored team at +600 in the CFP futures. They have a large fan base of course, but they will need to focus on their own shortcomings if they hope to win the championship this season for the first time since 2015, especially after falling short to Alabama in the 2021 championship game. While they still may have one of the best receiver groups in college football, they need to decide on their starting quarterback and fix their lack of depth on their secondary.