National Championship Game Prop Bets: No. 3 Ohio State vs No. 1 Alabama

A wild and wacky 2020-21 college football season is coming to an end when the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes collide with the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship Game on January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.

The 12-0 Crimson Tide are set as an 8-point favorite to win the national championship, with the total soaring at 75.5 points. Be sure to read our full betting preview for this matchup. However, the purpose of this article is to take a look at some of the prop betting options available to wager on for this game.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released many national championship game prop bets for you to try your hand at, including alternate spread, totals and more precise options such as the first scoring method and what the first turnover will be.

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National Championship Game Prop Bets

There are two prop bets that I think are worth a stab for this game, though there are many that intrigue me.

The first, I believe, is a slam dunk (oops, wrong sport): “Will there be a score in the first 5:30 of the first quarter?” The Yes option is -175 and No is +135. With a total set at 75.5 points and two potent offenses colliding, I could see an opening-drive score within five minutes at -175, no problem.

The second prop that I like providing a little more value is for the “longest touchdown yardage in the game” at OVER or UNDER 67.5 yards with the OVER at -115 and the UNDER at -125. Personally, with playmakers all over the place like Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith of Alabama and explosive Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone breaks through for a quick strike.

Here’s a look at the full list of prop odds for the national title game between Ohio State and Alabama.

National Championship Game MVP Winner

Winner Odds
Mac Jones +350
Justin Fields +400
DeVonta Smith +450
Najee Harris +600
Trey Sermon +1000
Chris Olave +1600
Garrett Wilson +1600
Jaylen Waddle +1600
John Metchie III +1600
Master Teague III +1600
Jeremy Ruckert +2000
Brian Robinson Jr. +2500
Jahleel Billingsley +3300
Jameson Williams +3300
Jase McClellan +3300
Luke Farrell +3300
Miller Forristall +3300
Roydell Williams +3300
Jaxon Smith-Njigba +4000
Demario McCall +5000
Javon Baker +5000
Major Tennison +5000
Miyan Williams +5000
Steele Chambers +5000
Xavier Johnson +5000
Xavier Williams +5000

As is the case with most MVP races whether it be for a season or game award, the quarterbacks are almost always the favorites and the same can be said for this year’s national championship game, with Mac Jones (ALA) and Justin Fields (OSU) the top two names on the list.

That said, in a year in which a wide receiver won the Heisman Trophy, I’m going to look elsewhere for my MVP pick. There are three names that I like on this list, each with odds of +1000 or longer. The first two are somewhat contingent on Ohio State winning the national championship: RB Trey Sermon at +1000 and WR Chris Olave at +1600.

Sermon has amassed over 500 yards and three touchdowns between the Big Ten championship game and the CFP semifinal game vs Clemson. If the Oklahoma transfer can start running downhill in the national championship game and leads the Buckeyes to victory, +1000 is a steal.

A similar story could be written about Olave, who is Fields’ No. 1 target. Olave missed the Big Ten championship game and it was noticed as Fields wasn’t in top form. But the junior from California returned to collect six catches for 132 yards and two majors vs Clemson. A No. 1 WR at +1600 – why not?

My third pick is a risky one but potentially a diamond in the rough. I’m looking at Jaylen Waddle at +1600. The Alabama wide receiver was injured on the opening kickoff of the Crimson Tide’s fifth game of the season against Tennessee. Prior to that contest, Waddle had secured 25 catches for 557 yards with four touchdowns in just four games and was the No. 1 receiver before DeVonta Smith ascended to that role and took home the Heisman. Currently, Waddle is practicing and is a game-time decision for Monday, but if he’s healthy and in the lineup, he may turn heads and cash at 16/1.

National Championship Game Score Props

Highest-Scoring Half

Winner Odds
First Half -120
Second Half & Overtime -120

First-Half Winning Margin

Outcome Odds
Ohio State by 1-3 Points +1400
Ohio State by 4-6 Points +1600
Ohio State by 7-9 Points +1000
Ohio State by 10-12 Points +1600
Ohio State by 13 Or More Points +550
Alabama by 1-3 Points +1200
Alabama by 4-6 Points +1400
Alabama by 7-9 Points +750
Alabama by 10-12 Points +1000
Alabama by 13 Or More Points +175
Tie +850

End Of Game Winning Margin

Outcome Odds
Ohio State by 1-6 Points +750
Ohio State by 7-12 Points +1200
Ohio State by 13-18 Points +1900
Ohio State by 19-24 Points +3500
Ohio State by 25-30 Points +5000
Ohio State by 31-36 Points +6600
Ohio State by 37-42 Points +10000
Ohio State by 43 Or More Points +10000
Alabama by 1-6 Points +525
Alabama by 7-12 Points +525
Alabama by 13-18 Points +675
Alabama by 19-24 Points +900
Alabama by 25-30 Points +1300
Alabama by 31-36 Points +1400
Alabama by 37-42 Points +2500
Alabama by 43 Or More Points +1900

First Score Method

Outcome Odds
Touchdown -550
Field Goal +400
Any Other +4000

First Score Method – Ohio State

Outcome Odds
Touchdown -650
Field Goal +400
Any Other +4000

First Score Method – Alabama

Outcome Odds
Touchdown -650
Field Goal +400
Any Other +4000

Odd/Even Total Points

Outcome Odds
Even -110
Odd -120

Double Result

Outcome Odds
Alabama/Alabama -130
Ohio State/Ohio State +333
Ohio State/Alabama +600
Alabama/Ohio State +1000
Tie/Alabama +1500
Tie/Ohio State +2200
Ohio State/Tie +3000
Alabama/Tie +4000
Tie/Tie +4000

Total Points Range End Of Regulation

Outcome Odds
Between 0-20 Points +10000
Between 21-30 Points +8000
Between 31-40 Points +3300
Between 41-50 Points +1300
Between 51-60 Points +600
Between 61-70 Points +340
71 or More Points -140

Race To 10 Points

Winner Odds
Alabama -170
Ohio State +140
Neither +10000

National Championship Game Touchdown Props

Longest Touchdown Yardage In The Game

Outcome Odds
OVER 67.5 Yards -115
UNDER 67.5 Yards -125

National Championship Game Defense/Special Teams Props

Will a Special Teams or Defensive TD be Scored?

Outcome Odds
Yes +150
No -200

National Championship Game Props

Will The Team That Scores First Win The Game?

Outcome Odds
Yes -200
No +150

The First Score Of The Game – Exact Outcome

Outcome Odds
Alabama Touchdown EVEN
Ohio State Touchdown +145
Alabama Field Goal +800
Ohio State Field Goal +900
Alabama Any Other Score +5000
Ohio State Any Other Score +5000

Will There Be a Score In The First 5:30 Of The First Quarter?

Outcome Odds
Yes -175
No +135

Will Either Team Score 3 Unanswered Times In The Game?

Outcome Odds
Yes -400
No +250

Will The Game Go To Overtime?

Outcome Odds
Yes +800
No -2000

The First Turnover Of The Game Will Be?

Outcome Odds
Interception -170
Fumble +130
No Turnovers In The Game +700

Team To Call The First Timeout In The Game

Outcome Odds
Ohio State -120
Alabama -120

Team To Get The First Penalty In The Game

Outcome Odds
Ohio State -120
Alabama -120

First Team To Score

Winner Odds
Alabama -145
Ohio State +110

National Championship Game Exotic Props

Online sportsbook BetOnline also has a great list of national championship game prop options that you can wager on, including some fun options listed below.

DeVonta Smith: Total Touchdowns

Outcome Odds
OVER 1.5 Touchdowns -130
UNDER 1.5 Touchdowns -110

Will Either Team Take Lead After Trailing By 15 Points Or More?

Outcome Odds
No -400
Yes +250

Which Will Be Said First?

Winner Odds
Heisman -300
Lawrence +200
Winner Odds
Buckeyes -130
Tide -110
Winner Odds
Dabo -300
Urban +200

Will Both Teams Score At Least 30 Points?

Outcome Odds
Yes -155
No +115

Will Either Starting QB Not Finish The Game?

Outcome Odds
No -500
Yes +300

Will Either Team Score 50 Or More Points?

Outcome Odds
No -250
Yes +170

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