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August 29 will mark the start of the 2020-21 college football season, and it will see Notre Dame and Navy playing a game in Ireland to kick things off. That is, of course, if it is allowed to happen. The Irish government recently banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people until at least the end of August, although there is still a good chance that the NCAA will manage to crown a national champion within the season.


Sportsbooks are having to get a little bit creative with the summer and fall fixtures at the moment though, due to a lack of games being in-play and an uncertainty of future games being played. When it comes to the NCAA though, the odds to win by state seem to suggest that out of the individual states participating in the 2020-21 season, Ohio stands out as being quite the one to follow to victory.

Ohio holds just a slight edge over the state of Alabama, it would seem. So, generally speaking, the odds could change in favour of either of these teams as the weeks progress closer to the start of the season. That being said, three teams exist within Ohio – the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Toledo Rockets. Of those three, the Buckeyes is the only team that has a good shot at the title. While Cincinnati has made some good strides towards improving, they’re still way behind the teams within the Power 5 conferences.


Should you Back Ohio State?

The short answer to this query is pretty much obvious when you consider that there’s little necessity of taking a lesser potential pay-out in order to add the longshots such as Toledo and the like to your betting slip. And if you’re still in search of a sportsbook to participate in this at, then there’s also the possibility of finding one through, which reviews such websites. At least by doing this, you’ll be able to learn all about what the sportsbooks provide to their players before you sign up for an account at one of them.

Of course, should you wish to take a very slight alternate risk, then you can opt for the Alabama state team instead. They also pose a legitimate threat to capturing the title rather than Ohio, even despite losing many of their college players to the NFL thanks to four first-round picks, three second-round picks and two third-round picks. According to oddsmakers, they’re also a bit of a step behind both Ohio State and the Clemson Tigers.

However, Alabama had the number one recruiting class in both 2017 and 2019, with the number two class coming in for the 2020-21 season. So, the roster is already filled with exceptionally talented players, including in the quarterback position with sophomore Mac Jones. Prior to last season, Nick Saban had managed to advance his team to the four-team playoff every single year since its inception.

So, the big question is whether or not Alabama is just trying to be a showier version of the Buckeyes, or if it is actually capable of jumping into a serious role of title contender.