The 2020 College Football season is months away from starting but 5Dimes’ oddsmakers dropped the very early, lookahead odds for a handful of college football games including:
- Navy vs Norte Dame
- BYU vs Utah
- Alabama vs USC
- Michigan vs Washington U
Early Lookahead College Football Odds 2020
Navy vs Notre Dame
When: August 29, 2020 at TBD
Where: Avia Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
NCAAF Odds: Notre Dame -14
Navy had a fantastic 2019 season by going 11-2 while finishing 20th in the national standings, thanks to their powerful triple-option rushing attack. The bad news is that one of their two losses last season was an embarrassing 52-20 smackdown at the hands of…you guessed it…Notre Dame. Still, with star quarterback Malcolm Perry gone, head coach Ken Niumatalolo will have his hands full getting back to being a double-digit winner in 2020.
While Notre Dame suffered a pair of losses that ruined their CFP hopes a year ago, the Fighting Irish have a solid quarterback in senior Ian Book that will help them avoid the struggles associated with playing a first-time starter under center. While head coach Brian Kelly needs to find new starters at running back, defensive end and cornerback, the Irish get a ton of elite high school talent each and every year, so I suspect that won’t be much of a problem.
Notre Dame has won three straight and eight of the last nine meetings in this rivalry, including a huge, 50-10 smackdown the last time they met in Dublin in 2012.
BYU at Utah
When: September 3, 2020 at TBD
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAAF Odds: Utah -4.5
BYU went an uninspiring 7-6 last season while Utah finished with a fine 11-3 record that helped them close out the 2019 season ranked 16th in the nation. BYU closed out their season with consecutive losses against San Diego State and Hawaii and the Cougars have questions at quarterback and several other key positions. Zach Wilson took over as the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season and held onto the job for the remainder of the season despite missing action in a handful of games due to a thumb injury. Still, he’ll have his hands full in trying to beat out challengers Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney. Defensively, BYU has a bunch of question marks along the defensive line and in the secondary
Utah went 8-1 in conference play to win the Pac-112 South, but head coach Kyle Whittingham has question marks on both sides of the ball, starting with who will replace quarterback Tyler Huntley. Redshirt sophomore Cameron Rising and graduate transfer Jake Bentley will battle it out, but Bentley has the huge edge in experience after throwing for 7,527 yards and 55 touchdowns over four seasons at South Carolina.
Alabama vs USC
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
NCAAF Odds: Alabama -16.5
Not only did the perennially-powerful Alabama Crimson Tide fail to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time last season, but Nick Saban’s team has some pressing questions this spring. Saban not only lost a bunch of elite talent on both sides of the ball, but he’ll have a new quarterback under center following the departure of star signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa. Still, the Tide went a fine, 11-2 a year ago and even though they lost to eventual champion LSU and longtime SEC rival Auburn, the Tide capped off their 2019 campaign with a resounding 35-16 smackdown of Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
USC is coming off a modest 8-5 season that saw the Trojans lose at BYU, Washington and Notre Dame while falling at home against Oregon and capping off their season with a humbling 49-24 beatdown against Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels for the season, but backup Kedon Slovis would end up winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award. Now, both quarterbacks will battle for the starting job this spring.
Michigan at Washington
When: September 5, 2020 at TBD
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Washington went an uneventful 8-5 last season, but that’s not the worst part. Making things that much more difficult heading into 2020 is the fact that the Huskies saw widely-respected head coach Chris Petersen abruptly resign when no one saw it coming. Now, longtime assistant Jimmy Lake will take over and although he’s widely known as a top-notch recruiter, no one knows how he’ll fare as a head coach. Still, the Huskies have been elite on both sides of the ball for almost the entirety of Petersen’s five-year stint and they have another top 20 recruiting class coming in again.
For Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, 2019 was another season in which the Wolverines underachieved far more often than not en route to a discouraging 9-4 finish. Now, as they get set for the 2020 campaign, Harbaugh will almost certainly have a first-time starter under center, although no one can identify that player right now. The Wolverines will also have at least three new starters on the offensive line and that tells me they could get off to a rocky start.