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Odds Changes at the Top in College Football

The big weekend of upsets in the top 10 gave us a shake-up in Heisman odds and National Champion odds in college football. Before losing at No. 4 Notre Dame on Saturday, No. 1 Clemson was the odds-on favorite to win the National Championship. That is no longer the case as they have dropped from +150 to +250. In their place, Alabama and Ohio State are co-favorites at +200.

The AP Poll also had a shake-up with Alabama moving up one spot to No. 1. This marks a record 13th straight season that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have been atop the rankings for at least one week. In that span, they have been ranked #1 for 92 weeks. Coming off a bye week, Alabama is favored by 21.5 points at home this Saturday against LSU.

With their win over Clemson, Notre Dame jumped up to No. 2 in the new poll. The Irish are still fifth according to oddsmakers at +2000 to win it all. They will head to Boston College this weekend as 12.5 point favorites.

Ohio State sits at No. 3 in the AP Poll after staying undefeated with a win over Rutgers Saturday. The Buckeyes are overwhelming favorites to win the Big Ten and +200 to win it all. Ohio State heads to 2-1 Maryland this weekend, favored by 25.5.

The other top 10 upset this weekend came in the SEC as No. 8 Florida beat No. 5 Georgia. The Gators moved up in the AP Poll to No. 6 and are now +1600 to win the National Championship, better odds than Notre Dame. Florida is in the driver's seat to win the SEC East but would also have to beat Alabama or Texas A&M in the SEC Championship Game to make the College Football Playoff

Speaking of Texas A&M, the 7-1 Aggies are one slot ahead of Florida in the AP Poll at No. 5. Since they lost at Alabama, the Aggies need major help to reach either the SEC Championship Game as the Tide would have to lose twice.

Heisman Odds

The odds have changed two weeks in a row for the Heisman Trophy, and there is now a three-way tie atop the leaderboard. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence are all +175 to hear their name called in December.

Fields has played fewer games than the other two, but he threw for five touchdowns on Saturday as the only of the trio in action. Jones can make a big case this weekend as Alabama faces LSU out of their bye week. Lawrence gets one more week off as No. 4 Clemson hits their bye week. Lawrence hasn’t played since October 24 because of a positive COVID test.

The biggest move in the Heisman odds from the first weekend in November came from Florida quarterback Kyle Trask at +1000. The signal-caller helped Florida snap a three-game losing streak to Georgia with a career-high 474 passing yards and four touchdowns.

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