Alabama, Clemson have the greatest CFP odds once again in ’21

Alabama defensive back DeMarcco Hellams celebrates after Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is tackled during the Crimson Tide's CFP semifinal win in Arlington on Jan. 1. The Tide are the betting favorites to defend their national championship.

Who Las Vegas thinks are the six likeliest contenders to gain this year’s countrywide championship, dependent on consensus odds (in parentheses):

Alabama (2½-1)

Nick Saban has seven countrywide championships and 6 losses in the past 6 decades. He just signed a agreement extension by means of 2028. So offer with it, Bama haters. Subsequent up: Building his next batch of superstars and resurrecting the tarnished coaching job of new offensive coordinator Monthly bill O’Brien, following acquiring done the exact same for Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Stoops, Mike Locksley, Butch Jones, et al.

Clemson (4½-1)

Now receiving weary of these names? Very well, Bama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have gobbled up 20 of 28 playoff places because the CFP began — a half-dozen for the Tigers. The 6-time defending ACC champs are on a 79-7 run beneath Dabo Swinney. The offense will reload though the protection rallies all-around fiery linebacker James Skalski, who’s been to five ACC title video games and 8 playoff game titles. Really.