The college football season is just over a couple of months away. While news of more conference realignment has gripped the college sports world, a college football national championship winner will still be crowned in January for the 2022-23 season.
Let’s take a look at the schools with the best odds of winning a national championship going into the season.
College Football Pick:
1. Alabama (+200)
Alabama may have lost the national title game last year, but that doesn’t deter them from being the top ranked team and heavily favored team to get back to the National Title game. The return and continued development of quarterback Bryce Young will have fans potentially looking at the first player to win back-to-back Heisman’s since Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975.
2. Georgia (+350)
The Georgia Bulldogs are the defending national champions of college football, and for good reason. Multiple first round picks on the defensive side of the ball, an excellent recruiting class and an open SEC East that leaves much to be desired, the Bulldogs could be back in the SEC Title game again and competing for a national title.
3. Ohio State (+500)
2021 Heisman runner-up C.J. Stroud and Jaxson Smith-Njiba the top receiver of his class return and expect to have a monster year. Michigan isn’t as good as it was last season, and it’s hard to see any player in college football other than Young being as dominant as Stroud could be in year two.
4. Clemson (+1000)
There are a ton of questions for Clemson and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. The ACC isn’t that strong with Pittsburgh losing Kenny Pickett, and the Tigers defense being pretty solid. Clemson should be back at the top of the conference and in the sport, but how the fare against out of conference opponents will determine just how good they can be.
5. Texas A&M (+3000)
The top recruiting class in the nation should be enough to get fans excited. Add in the controversy and interview battles of Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher and you’ve got College Station ready to explode. A&M will have to get through the Crimson Tide again, but the Saban/Fisher rivalry will be the talk of college football all year.
6. USC (+4000)
It’s certainly a surprise to see USC this high because of Lincoln Riley. Playing in the PAC-12 won’t be as daunting as the Big-12 or future SEC battles the old Sooners coach was preparing to see. While the Trojans are preparing an exodus of their own, quarterback Caleb Williams will be the key to see just how good Riley is outside the confines of Oklahoma.
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