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Which Teams Can Beat the SEC and Become College Football National Champions?

Isaiah De los Santos
Apr 4, 2021, 1:35 PM EDT
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The SEC continues be the powerhouse conference in college football. Alabama went undefeated and captured the National Championship last season, and they're the favorites to repeat again in 2021 with +300 odds to win the title on WynnBET. Georgia (+600), LSU (+3000) and Texas A&M (+2500) join the Crimson Tide as SEC schools with the best odds to win it all.

Who can knock them off this season remains a mystery. But here are three schools who could finish this season as the nation's champ.

3. Oklahoma (+800)

Oklahoma finished their 2020 campaign 9-2, capping it off with a 55-20 pounding over Florida in the Cotton Bowl. Head coach Lincoln Reily abstained from the NFL once again and comes back to lead this experienced team. The Sooners are expected to have a starting offensive line comprised of only upperclassmen protecting Hesiman Trophy candidate Spencer Rattler this season. Rattler turned in an impressive 2020 season as redshirt freshman, throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 TDs with just 7 INTs. This defense full of juniors and seniors also positions Oklahoma to be dangerous.

2. Ohio State (+600)

Ohio State will be looking for vengeance in 2021 after Ryan Day's squad fell in the 2020 National Championship Game. They'll lose a host of NFL talent like QB Justin Fields, RB Trey Sermon, OL Wyatt Davis. DT Tommy Togiai and LB Justin Hillard. The Buckeyes will reload, though, with the No. 2 recruiting class that features five 5-star players. There's also returning upperclassmen in wideout Chris Olave and running back Master Teague, who make this a scary offense. C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III will battle it out for the right to succeed Fields, and there's no reason those talented QBs can't get the Buckeyes back to the postseason.

1. Clemson (+450)

Clemson is losing its own heavy hitters in Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. They're reloading as well with the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation for 2021. Head coach Dabo Swinney knows what it takes to defeat the best of the SEC after beating Albama for the National Championship back in 2019. Incoming starter D.J. Uiagalelei has been picked as Lawrence's successor, and he showed his talent last season in games against Boston College and Notre Dame. Swinney and co. have weathered through roster turnover, so this is a challenge they're well prepared for. A defense full of returning starters will also help take the pressure off of Uiagalelei as he settles into his new role.