Bama or Buckeyes? FanDuel and DraftKings Sweetening the Odds for National Championship Game

Written By Nathan Frederick on January 11, 2021
Alabama vs Ohio State National Championship Betting Preview

It’s the biggest game in college football.

And the tradition is rich.

Two of college football’s blue bloods, Ohio State and Alabama, are meeting in the National Championship game.

Scarlet and gray. Crimson and cream. Images of Bear Bryant in his fedora and Woody Hayes in his Block O hat are sure to show up in pregame coverage.

And thanks to Pennsylvania sportsbooks, some solid promotions are also making an appearance for those hoping to join in on the action.

DraftKings is giving new users 100-1 odds. FanDuel Sportsbook is offering 25-1 odds for new users. And FOX Bet is rolling out a number of bet boosts to make the big game even better.

Let’s take a quick look at college football betting for the championship game and all the corresponding odds at our region’s sportsbooks.

Alabama enters as an 8.5-point favorite at FanDuel

The Crimson Tide arrive at the title game after having dismantled Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl semifinal, in a game that wasn’t ever really in doubt. Meanwhile, Ohio State throttled Clemson 49-28 to advance themselves. So oddsmakers are expecting plenty of offense in Monday’s game, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Both quarterbacks, Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, are among college football’s best. Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith just won the Heisman Trophy. And star teammate Jaylen Waddle, another talented receiver, might return from injury for the Crimson Tide. Factor in red-hot Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon and offense shouldn’t be a problem.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the game’s over/under set at 75 points. Alabama is an 8.5-point favorite at press time and the Crimson Tide are -315 on the moneyline. Ohio State is +240.

But as is the case with most of football’s playoff games, there are expanded offerings at PA online betting apps. Bettors can wager on the winning margin, and one of FanDuel’s same game parlay lines too, which combines various outcomes with the spread and total.

New users at FanDuel can also get 25-1 odds on either Ohio State or Alabama. And those playing at DraftKings can get an even bigger return, with odds of 100-1. Players should check each site for all the details.

FOX Bet’s boosted wagers can bring home bigger returns

Over at FOX Bet, players can benefit by stepping out of the mainstream to make their wagers. The sportsbook currently has a menu of five boosted bets for Monday night’s game, all of which carry enhanced odds. Those bets are as follows:

  • Alabama to record five or more passing TDs: +200
  • Both teams to score points in every quarter: +300
  • Ohio State to record 300+ rushing yards and 3+ rushing TDs: +550
  • Both teams to score 6 or more total touchdowns: +650
  • Final Score – Alabama 41, Ohio State 38: +10000

FOX Bet also has a lengthy list of alternate spreads and totals for players seeking different numbers. So the national title game has plenty of betting options. Perhaps as it should.

After all, it’s the biggest game in college football.

And the tradition is rich.

NCAA National Football Championship odds at PA sportbooks

Following are live, updated odds for the Alabama vs. Ohio State showdown.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Michael Woods

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Nathan Frederick is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.

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