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Who are the top bets for the 2021 college football championship?

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The next batch of college football recruits is starting workouts with their programs getting ready for the 2021 college football season. Players across the country are also making their NFL Draft decisions, while teams are locked out of their recruiting season. The transfer portal could be used more than it ever has compared to the past. 

With that said, there is still plenty of data available to pinpoint some of the best teams in the country for next year. There are a lot of questions that haven’t been answered about the season and teams but training camp will be here before you know it. As players begin their regiments, let’s take a look at the top college football picks. 

The headliners

For the early predictions, Alabama and Oklahoma figure to be the top two teams entering next season and are the early favorites to make the championship game. 

Alabama

The defending National Champions are coming off a 13-0 season that will see many of their top pieces enter the NFL Draft. Even so, Alabama has one of their best-recruiting classes under the Nick Saban era entering Tuscaloosa. At quarterback, the Bryce Young era will begin and it’s already creating some major buzz. 

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It’s all going to come down to the new assistants. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian bolted for the open Texas head coach position, while Charles Huff is now the man in marshall. Kyle Flood, Jeff Banks, and Karl Scott were all quality assistants, while some of the team’s analysts left for greener pastures. What we have learned is that we should never underestimate the GOAT Nick Saban. Alabama should figure to contend for another title. 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma bounced back to claim the Big 12 Conference championship during a 9-2 season that featured a Cotton Bowl win. The Sooners should expect to contend with star quarterback Spencer Rattler looking to contend for the Heisman Trophy this season. Oklahoma has the top recruiting class out of any team in the Big 12 as Lincoln Riley wants to finally get over the first-round playoff exits and win a National Championship. 

In the transfer portal, Oklahoma picked up three four-star prospects from the University of Tennessee to help bolster the No. 11 nationally ranked recruiting class. Could this be the year that Oklahoma finally wins the title?

The contenders

Outside of Alabama and Oklahoma, there are a few stragglers that will contend for the final two spots. Here are our early favorites. 

Clemson

The ACC champion lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Trevor Lawrence is going to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. We caught a glimpse of D.J. Uiagalelei last season and he will get to lead the top-ranked recruiting class in the ACC next year. 

Ohio State

After finishing runner-up last year, one would think most of the pieces would be heading to the NFL. While that is true, Chris Olave is returning and will be a contender for all nationally-ranked awards next season. It also helps that the Buckeyes will have the No. 2 ranked recruiting class. Their biggest issue will be at quarterback and replacing Justin Fields. 

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