Penn State Listed With 30-1 Odds to Win 2020 National Championship

By Nick Polak on June 9, 2020 at 9:34 am
Oct 26, 2019; East Lansing, MI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) leads his team onto the field prior to a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium.
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With player returning to campus this week, it appears more and more that college football season may be able to start on time in the fall. Whether or not there will be fans in the stands to see it remains to be seen, but for the coaches and the players, things appear to be on track. With that in mind, SuperBookUSA released updated odds for the 2020 national champion contenders, and Penn State came in tied for the 6th-best odds to take home the trophy.

Also sitting at 30-1 are Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Texas.

Aside from the one outlier getting their annual offseason hype (hi Texas!), this is some pretty good company for Penn State. Texas A&M may not have found its stride on offense under Jimbo Fisher, but the defense is legit. Notre Dame has valuable experience. Oregon could be dominant if it figures out the quarterback position post-Justin Herbert. And the Nittany Lions have perhaps the game's best defender, a strong offensive line, and new coaches that are expected to elevate the offense.

Grabbing the Lions at 30-1 is a decent value when you consider that they will be in the driver's seat for a Big Ten championship game berth should they beat Ohio State in Happy Valley in late-October.

The Buckeyes are the only Big Ten team listed ahead of Penn State, sharing the top spot with Clemson at 11-4. Michigan and Wisconsin have 50-1 odds, while Minnesota and Nebraska come in at 100-1.

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