Texas Football: Early 2020 Title odds have Longhorns among favorites

With the official conclusion to the 2019 college football season coming with LSU winning the national title, Texas football is building hype toward 2020.

Somehow, the Texas football program finds itself right in the midst of the emerging favorites early on for the 2020 national title odds. Texas sits in the midst of about the 10 or 15 teams with the best odds to win the 2020-21 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

According to the Action Network, the Texas Longhorns football program sits with about 40-1 odds to win the 2020-21 national title. That ties with the Michigan Wolverines for the seventh best odds (bunching ties together) to win next season’s national title.

The favorite from those odds to win next year’s title is this season’s runner-up, the Clemson Tigers. Behind Clemson sits the Ohio State Buckeyes, Alabama Crimson Tide, and a tie between the Georgia Bulldogs and reigning National Champion LSU Tigers (in that order).

Other key programs ahead of the Longhorns in the 2020-21 national title odds are the rival Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners, Florida Gators, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Oregon Ducks. The Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma State Cowboys are the two next best teams in the national title odds for next year out of the Big 12 (100-1 each way).

The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game saw No. 1 ranked LSU down No. 3 ranked Clemson by the final score of 42-25. Heisman winning quarterback Joe Burrow lit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on fire as he shattered Colt Brennan‘s previous FBS record for passing touchdowns in a single season and got his team past the reigning National Champions, sophomore Trevor Lawrence and Clemson.

But the odds for LSU dropped since they are losing Burrow next season since he runs out of eligibility heading into the 2020 offseason. Clemson returns Lawrence and should have the most direct path to getting back to the College Football Playoff. They have a path with much less resistance than that of the Longhorns in the Big 12 next season.

Texas finished up their 2019 season with a record of 8-5 (5-4 Big 12) after beating the Utah Utes in the Alamo Bowl. That was enough to get them a good amount of hype heading into the 2020 offseason, especially since they’re returning the bulk of their starters on both sides of the ball.