The Clemson Tigers steamrolled the Crimson Tide on Monday night and were crowned national champions in a mismatch that was not nearly as competitive as the best online sportsbooks, all found at Sportsbook Review, indicated it would be as they tagged the Tide as five-point favorites. In fact, it was the No. 2 team in the nation that not only covered the number but cashed for all those Tigers backers who bet Clemson on the money line at odds of +190.
But that was so yesterday, so let’s get on with it and see who the oddsmakers view as the powerhouses next season. We can see that the SEC is well-represented at the top of the heap in the eyes of the oddsmakers, as well as those who judge recruiting classes. So what are waiting for? Let’s go!
2019-20 National Championship Odds
Ohio State +1200
Notre Dame +2500
Mississippi State +5000
Miami FL +8000
Penn State +8000
Texas A&M +8000
Virginia Tech +10000
It’s not a complete shocker that eight of the SEC’s 14 teams are included in this group because the Southeastern Conference rules and the rest of the nation drools. While it is true the recently-crowned national champs hail from the ACC, the rest of that conference pales in comparison to the razor-wire defenses of Mississippi State — tops in the nation allowing just 12 PPG, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 16 Auburn, No. 18 Auburn, No. 21 Florida, and No. 22 LSU.
Clemson is the odds-on-favorite to capture the national title next season with Alabama a close second. However, if we surf on over to Sportsbook Review, we can see that some of the other best online sportsbooks have installed the Crimson Tide as the favorites to reclaim the crown.
Tua Tagovailoa will be back under center for the Tide, while Clemson’s freshmen phenom Trevor Lawrence will seek to add another stellar chapter to his already best-selling book. We know that this season’s finalists are next season’s favorites, but let’s take a peek at how the recruiting classes are shaping up for some of the SEC schools.
Top SEC Recruiting Classes
- Alabama – 3 Five Star Recruits – 22 Four Star Recruits – Nick Saban’s recruiting efforts have paid off, on paper at least, as the pundits are ranking his incoming recruits as the best in the nation. Running back Trey Sanders, massive offensive tackle Evan Neal and edge rusher Antonio Alfano head this star-studded class. Oh, and let’s not forget four-star quarterback recruit Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s little bro, joining the Tide next season.
- 2. Georgia– 5 Five Star Recruits – 14 Four Star Recruits – Georgia has wooed more five-star recruits than any other school in the nation, picking up impressive prospects like the top overall pick in the class, defensive end Nolan Smith, as well as center Clay Webb and wideout Dominick Blaylock. Jake Fromm will be back under center with four of his starters on the offensive line, which is a boon for the Bulldogs.
- Texas A&M – 2 Five Star Recruits – 12 Four Star Recruits – Jimbo Fisher went fishing in the high school waters and landed a big one in offensive tackle Kenyon Green, rated the No. 2 offensive tackle in this incoming freshman class. Defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal was Fisher’s other prize catch.
- LSU – 3 Five Star Recruits – 10 Four Star Recruits – Ed Orgeron has an impressive corps of recruits headlined by Derek Stingley, the No. 1 cornerback in this class and No. 2 overall recruit, as well as the second-ranked running back in the class, John Emery Jr. But the verdict is still out where Louisiana native and top 10 recruit in the nation Ishmael Sopsher will ultimately sign. Orgeron is hoping he has the hometown edge, but Nick Saban is said to be wooing Sopsher hard. The nearly 6’4, 337-pound defensive tackle has stated he would like his older brother, a junior college player, to be signed along with him so they could fulfill a dream and play together. Sopsher is expected to make a decision within weeks.
- Auburn – 1 Five Star Recruit – 10 Four Star Recruits – Linebacker Owen Pappoe is the marquee name of Auburn’s recruiting class but hopes are high for four-star quarterback recruit Bo Nix and his potential battery-mate, wideout George Pickens.
- Florida – 0 Five Star Recruits – 12 Four Star Recruits – Cornerback Chris Steele, wide receiver Arjei Henderson, and tight end Keon Zipperer lead the four-star recruit parade into the Swamp.
- Tennessee – 1 Five Star Recruit – 7 Four Star Recruits – Vols fans have to be pumped about Tennessee’s five-star offensive tackle, Wanya Morris, a 6’6”, 312-pound tower of power who was ranked as the No. 3 tackle in the class and the 13th overall prospect. In addition, running back/linebacker Quavaris Crouch is the second-ranked pure athlete in the class and was supposed to be ticketed to join either Clemson or Michigan but let’s give the kid a round of applause as he made the right choice and chose Tennessee.