Miami football 15th in odds to win 2020 College Football Playoff

In odds listed by CBS Sports on Tuesday, the Miami football team is listed 16th in the odds to win the National Championship.

In a listing of the top 50 teams with odds to win the College Football Playoff by CBS Sports on Tuesday, the Miami football program tied with USC for 15th with 60-1 odds to win the College Football Playoff. Clemson is the only ACC team ranked ahead of the Hurricanes and the favorite for the title at 11-5.

Entering its seventh year of existence, Miami has gotten close to the College Football Playoff only once. The Hurricanes began the 2017 season 10-0 before dealing with injuries in an upset loss at Pittsburgh in the final regular-season game and a blowout defeat to Clemson in the ACC Championship game ended their dream.

Miami enters the 2020 season with a lot of optimism due to do some big editions in the offseason. The Hurricanes added graduate transfers, quarterback D’Eriq King from Houston, defensive end Quincy Roche from Temple and kicker Jose Borregales from FIU. Miami also hired Rhett Lashlee as the new offensive coordinator.

Lashlee comes to Miami from SMU where he guided the Mustangs to seventh nationally in scoring offense in 2019 and ninth in total offense. Miami will run the up-tempo, spread offense that Lashlee ran at SMU and learned under Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.  The spread should be a better fit for Miami’s talent.

The top 16 teams in odds by CBS utilizing William Hill are below. With odds in the top 20, it shows the respect nationally that the public has on the Hurricanes. Miami has not shown up on any of the major early preseason top 25 rankings despite the offseason changes.

Odds to Win 2020 National Championship

  1. Clemson 11/5
  2. Ohio State 4-1
  3. Alabama 9/2
  4. Georgia 7-1
  5. Florida 15-1
  6. Oklahoma 20-1
  7. LSU 25-1
  8. Auburn 25-1
  9. Oregon 25-1
  10. Notre Dame 28-1
  11. Penn State 30-1
  12. Texas A&M 30-1
  13. Texas 35-1
  14. Michigan 40-1
  15. USC 60-1
  16. Miami (FL) 60-1

Unless Miami advances to the ACC Championship game to play Clemson, none of the Hurricanes 2020 opponents are ranked ahead of them in the odds to win the National Championship. Florida State at 75-1, North Carolina at 150-1, Virginia Tech at 250-1and Michigan State and Virginia at 500-1 are the other Miami opponents listed.

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The other eight opponents on the 2020 Miami football schedule are grouped in with the field at 50-1 odds. It was surprising to not see what should be a good Wake Forest team among the top 50 odds to win the National Championship. The Demon Deacons will not likely win the Championship but they are in the top 50.

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