NJ Online Sportsbook Betting Preview For 2019 College Football Playoffs

If you want to bet on the college football playoffs in New Jersey, you’re in luck, as every NJ sportsbook is taking action on the games.

The frenzy of college football bowl activity will pause Saturday afternoon for all to focus on the national playoff semifinal games. At stake is a trip to the National Championship game on January 13, 2020, in New Orleans. 

New Jersey sports bettors will have plenty of wagering options to get involved in the action tomorrow. Here is a snapshot look at the game lines, facts and trends for both games and some props to consider from PointsBet Sportsbook in NJ. 

Peach Bowl betting at a glance

  • Time: 4 p.m., ESPN
  • Teams: Oklahoma (4) vs. LSU (1)
  • Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Betting Lines: LSU -14; Total  76
  • Money Line: LSU -500; Oklahoma +380

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Oklahoma vs. LSU betting trends and fast facts

  • This match-up features this year’s top 2 Heisman finishers: Winner, QB Joe Burrow of LSU and runner-up QB Jalen Hurts from Oklahoma.
  • LSU led the nation in total offense (554.3 yards per game) and scored 48 points per game (3rd nationally). This is LSU’s first appearance in the Playoff since the current format began in 2014.
  • Oklahoma won its fifth straight Big 12 championship and is making a third straight Playoff appearance. The OU offense finished second in the FBS in total yards (554.2) and fifth in points per game (43.2).
  • These teams last met back in 2004, when LSU beat OU 21-14 for the BCS championship.
  • There was one 2019 common opponent for both teams: Texas. LSU beat the Longhorns 45-38 and the Sooners beat Texas 34-27.
  • In the brief 5-year history of the Playoff, the No. 1 seed has never won the national championship. The winners have come from the No. 2 seed (three times) and No. 4 seed (two times).
  • In 2019, LSU was 8-5 ATS. Under coach Ed Ogeron, LSU is 2-1 ATS in bowl games and 5-2 ATS at neutral sites.
  • The Sooners were 5-8 against the spread in 2019.  They are also 3-5 against the spread and 5-3 straight up at neutral sites under Lincoln Riley since 2017.
  • While only 5 of Oklahoma’s 13 games went over the total in 2019, it’s important to note that the last two Sooners Playoff games against SEC teams have been high-scoring affairs, losing to Alabama 45-34 last year and to Georgia in 2017 54-48  (2 OT).

Oklahoma vs. LSU betting props

The following numbers come from PointsBet:

  • The individual team points totals are LSU 45 and Oklahoma 31
  • ‘Half-Time/Full-Time’ results pricing:
    • LSU/LSU: -303
    • Oklahoma/LSU: +800
    • LSU/Oklahoma: +1200
    • Oklahoma/Oklahoma: +650
  • With the #1 and #2 average yards per game offenses, logic says that this will be a high-scoring “shootout.” Here are some boosted pricing game and player props from PointsBet:
    • Total Touchdowns: Over 10.5 (+130)
    • Jalen Hurts Passing Yards: Over 270.5 (+125)
    • Joe Burrow Passing Yards: Over 370.5 (+140)
    • Joe Burrow Passing TDs: Over 3.5 (+130)
    • Clyde Edwards-Helaire Rushing Yards: Over 70.5 (+125)
  • If it truly becomes an offensive shootout, PointsBet offers pricing around these total points bands:
    • 60+ Total Points: -556
    • 70+ Total Points: -263
    • 80+ Total Points: -130
    • 90+ Total Points: +200
    • 100+ Total Points: +350

Fiesta Bowl betting at a glance

  • Time: 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Teams: Clemson (3) vs Ohio State (2)
  • Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Betting Lines: Clemson -2; Total of 63
  • Money Line: Clemson -130; Ohio St +110

Clemson vs. Ohio State betting trends and fast facts

  • Ohio State led the nation in scoring offense (48.7 points per game) with Heisman finalist QB Justin Fields at the helm. On the defensive side, another Heisman finalist, Chase Young, led a stout defense that was tied for third in scoring defense (12.5 points per game).
  • Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day is 16-0 since taking over for Urban Meyer.
  • Defending national champ Clemson is currently riding a 28-game win streak under head coach Dabo Swinney.
  • The Tigers ranked fourth in scoring offense (46.5 points per game) and first in scoring defense (10.6 points per game).
  • Clemson has won all three historical matchups against Ohio State. The first time the teams met was in 1978 Gator Bowl when OSU coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson’s Charlie Bauman in the Tigers 17-15 win. In the 2 other more recent matchups, Clemson beat the Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl (40-35) and 2016 Fiesta Bowl semi-final (31-0).
  • Ohio State was the favorite in every game this season, finishing 9-4 against the spread, but only 1-3 in its last 4 games.
  • Clemson was also favored in every game, finishing 10-3 vs the spread, including 4-0 in their final four games.
  • Ohio State has an ATS bowl record of  5-0 as an underdog since 2014.
  • This is a fascinating match-up with both teams in the top 5 in both offensive and defensive stats. It will be interesting to see how the 1st quarter plays out as Clemson outscored opponents 170-17, while Ohio St was almost as impressive, holding a 136-38 edge in the opening 15 minutes of the game. 

Clemson vs. Ohio State betting props

As I referenced above, both teams have dominated in the 1st quarter. Here is PointsBet’s current first-quarter pricing:

  • First Quarter Moneyline: Ohio State +100/Clemson -120
  • First Quarter Spread: Ohio State +0.5 (-130)/ Clemson -0.5 (+110)
  • First Quarter Total: 14.0 points 
  • PointsBet is also offering a series of boosted game and player props for the Clemson-Ohio St match-up:
    • Total Touchdowns: Over 7.5 (+100)
    • Trevor Lawrence Passing TD’s: Over 2.5 (+130)
    • Trevor Lawrence Passing Yards: Over 270.5 (+125)
    • Travis Etienne Rushing Yards: Over 95.5 (+125)
    • Chase Young Sacks: 2+ Sacks (+150)+150
    • Justin Fields Passing + Rushing Yards: Over 360.5  (+125)
    • J.K. Dobbins Rushing Yards: Over 110.5 Rushing Yards (Boosted From +135)

There is also an additional promotion from PointsBet for the Clemson vs Ohio State game. If your team scores the first TD of the game, you win. This applies to pre-game, moneyline bets only, with 1st $50 wagered.

Roll Tide? NJ Sportsbook Apps Unveil 2020 College Football Futures

Just as we’ve completed the 2019 NFL Draft, DraftKings Sportsbook has opened up a wide variety of college football futures for the upcoming season. (FanDuel Sportsbook also recently put up their futures markets.)

The odds to win the National Championship are now up on the board as well as odds to make or miss the College Football Playoffs, and the ever-popular regular season win totals.

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

College football national champion odds

To no one’s surprise, Clemson and Alabama are at the top of the list as both are posted up at +200 at DraftKings. Over at FanDuel, Alabama sits at +175 while Clemson sits at +200.

Here are all the odds at DK’s NJ sportsbook app:

National Champion To Make CFB Playoffs 
TeamOddsYesNo
Alabama+200-250+200
Clemson+200-265+210
Ohio St+700+140-175
Georgia+800+120-148
Oklahoma+1200+162-200
Michigan+1600+300-400
Texas+2500+500-715
Notre Dame+3300+400-560

While that might seem like incredibly short odds to win it all, remember that these teams should have a relatively easy path back to the College Football Playoff.

The ACC is mostly in shambles as teams such as Florida State, Virginia Tech and Miami rebuild.

As for Alabama, they’ll have a couple of tricky games at South Carolina, at Texas A&M and home to LSU, but they’ll likely be double-digit favorites in each contest.

As for the other conferences, the oddsmakers are expecting Ohio State (+700) to win the Big Ten and be in the running for the CFP, Oklahoma (+1200) to make another push from the Big 12, and Notre Dame (+3300) to be a contender as one of the independents.

Georgia (+800), who nearly beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, is the only other team with Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State to have odds inside of 10/1.

If I was betting this right now, Clemson would be my choice simply because they should have a breeze getting there.

With Hunter Lawrence entering his second season at quarterback, and a schedule that should see them favored by double-digits every week, I’m expecting them to be among the final four.

CFB regular season win totals

There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding the regular season win totals but again, it won’t surprise anyone that Alabama and Clemson faced with the highest number.

Both have an over-under of 11 wins. What’s interesting is that the over is at -139 on Clemson, which suggests the oddsmakers at DraftKings aren’t expecting the Tigers to lose even once on their 12-game schedule.

Here are the rest of the markets:

TeamTotal Wins
Alabama11
Clemson11
Georgia10.5
Oklahoma10
Ohio St10
Boise St10
UCF10
Washington10
Washington St10
Michigan9.5
Texas9.5
Florida9
Oregon9
Penn St9
Miami8.5
Utah8.5
Wisconsin8.5
Auburn8
Mississippi St8
Florida St7.5
Michigan St7.5
Texas A&M7.5
USC7.5
Tennessee7
Oklahoma St6

It’ll be a big year for Michigan (9.5) and coach Jim Harbaugh as pressure is starting to mount. Maybe with Urban Meyer finally retired, the Wolverines can ascend to the top spot in the Big Ten.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they are projected to win 10 games in their first season with Ryan Day on the sidelines.

Oklahoma (10), who for a second year saw their starting quarterback become the top selection in the NFL Draft, isn’t expected to fall off at all next season. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has looked great in spring football. Texas (9.5) is expected to give the Sooners are run for their money, though.

Florida State (7.5), who is fresh off a tumultuous 5-7 season is facing what could be a sizable number for them. Another much-maligned team, USC (7.5), is facing the same number.

If either team goes under, it could cost their head coaches their jobs.

Odds to make the college football playoffs

One interesting prop that DraftKings posted was odds to make or miss the playoffs. Clemson is a whopping -265 favorite to do so while Alabama is at -250. Ohio State is at +140 for ‘Yes’ and -175 for ‘No’.

Remember that beyond Meyer, they also lost quarterback Dwayne Haskins to the NFL along with defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Parris Campbell.

However, they got quarterback Justin Fields to switch over from Georgia; Fields was the No. 1 ranked quarterback prospect in the 2018 class.

Notre Dame, who is fresh off a strong season, is a +400 dog to make it. They might have a really tough getting there with games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford.