College football betting: DraftKings lists Alabama, Clemson with highest 2021 win totals

College football betting: DraftKings lists Alabama, Clemson with highest 2021 win totals
Apr 17, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; White quarterback Bryce Young (9) hands off to White running back Roydell Williams (23) during the University of Alabama A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Over/Under win totals are a popular wager for college football betting, and many of the major sportsbooks have posted their odds for that particular prop.

DraftKings has Alabama and Clemson with the most optimistic win marks to reach for the 2021 season, with an Over/Under set at 11.5 wins. Just a half-win behind are Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Here’s a closer look at the notable contenders who also have high win total projections:

TeamOver/Under wins
Alabama Crimson Tide11.5
Clemson Tigers11.5
Ohio State Buckeyes11
Oklahoma Sooners11
Georgia Bulldogs10.5
Cincinnati Bearcats10
North Carolina Tar Heels10
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers10

The Crimson Tide are a constant fixture in the College Football Playoff and just crushed Ohio State 52-24 in the national title game this past year. It’s not a shock to see Alabama held in high regard once again, as Nick Saban manages to contend for a championship every year despite losing lots of talent to the NFL Draft.

Speaking of the draft, Clemson is having to replace Jacksonville Jaguars No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence at quarterback. Lawrence led the Tigers to a national championship as a true freshman and had one of the best college careers ever, period.

Can Bryce Young and D.J. Uiagalelei meet the hype for Alabama and Clemson?

College football betting: DraftKings lists Alabama, Clemson with highest 2021 win totals
Nov 7, 2020; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) warms up before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The good news for Clemson is that D.J. Uiagalelei already proved he can be a worthy successor to Lawrence last season.

When the Tigers legend was out of the lineup due to COVID-19, Uiagalelei gutted out a win over Boston College and forced overtime in a marquee matchup versus Notre Dame. Uiagalelei is a strong-armed, smart QB who should shine in the starting role this season.

Following up two first-round picks in Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones leaves a lot of pressure on new Crimson Tide signal-caller Bryce Young. However, he’s a legitimate dual threat and possibly the most all-around talented player at the position Saban has ever had, which is high praise to say the least.

It’s unwise to count out Alabama or Clemson, but they both have tough tests right out of the gates, which will only heighten the pressure on Uiagalelei and Young.

The Tigers kick off the 2021 slate with a duel against the Georgia Bulldogs. As you can see from DraftKings’ odds listings, Georgia is just one projected win behind the presumptive national championship co-favorites.

Meanwhile, presuming Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King is healthy from a season-ending knee injury, he’s the type of playmaker who’s given the Tide defense trouble in the past. While Alabama will be heavily favored to win that contest, Miami is not a cupcake opponent by any means.

Navigating the SEC gauntlet is always a challenge that Alabama defiantly navigates more often than not unscathed. The ACC is considerably easier for the Tigers, yet we’ll learn a lot about them in Week 1.