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NCAAF 2024: Georgia Again Leads Way in Title Odds

College Football Playoff Field Moves From Four to 12 Teams

Before the first snap was played during the 2023 college football season, the NCAAF odds had Georgia and Alabama as the teams to beat in the race for the national title.

Georgia’s bid for a third straight national championship ended when Alabama topped the Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference title game. Alabama was the only SEC team to make it into the College Football Playoff field. Michigan, which would win the national title, was fourth at +850 in the national championship odds when the season began while national finalist Washington was tied for 13th at +4000.

NCAAF 2024: Georgia Again Leads Way in Title Odds
Carson Beck #15 of the Georgia Bulldogs/Rich Storry/Getty Images/AFP

At the current time, Georgia leads the way at +330 in the odds of winning the national title followed by Ohio State at +425, Texas at +700 and Oregon at +900 in the championship odds.

While six of the top 100 players in the transfer portal are still uncommitted, why not take an early look at how the odds look as the College Football Playoff moves from four to 12 teams?


Georgia Favored Once Again

Even with tight end Brock Bowers, offensive lineman Amarius Mims, receiver Ladd McConkey, and cornerback Kamari Lassiter among the Georgia players headed to the NFL, the Bulldogs are still entering into the season as the team to beat.

Georgia added Vanderbilt receiver London Humphreys, Miami receiver Colbie Young and Florida running back Trevor Etienne to go with another strong recruiting class.

There are enough impact players on both sides of the ball for Georgia to be favored in pretty much every game it plays.

The Bulldogs are currently priced at -900 to be a part of the College Football Playoff field.


Ohio State Ready to Take the Next Step?

Jim Harbaugh is off to coach the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and multiple star Michigan players are also headed to the NFL after helping the Wolverines to the national title. Will that open the door for Big Ten rival Ohio State to make a run at the national title?

The Buckeyes will certainly miss star receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., as well as the other players going to the NFL.

Ohio State was very active in the transfer portal and has plenty of talent to be in the thick of the championship conversation, so keep an eye on Ohio State and the -800 odds to be in the CFP.


New Conference, Same Aspirations

Never has conference realignment altered the college football landscape more than in the last year.

Four of the 16 teams with the best national championship odds will be playing in different conferences.

As if the SEC wasn’t powerful enough, the conference added Texas and Oklahoma.

Texas brings back quarterback Quinn Ewers, who is tied with Georgia quarterback Carson Beck for the best odds of winning the Heisman Trophy. He will be throwing to former Alabama receiver Isaiah Bond, among others, as Texas is third at -500 in the odds to reach the CFP. The Longhorns are followed by Oregon at -400. Even with the departure of quarterback Bo Nix, the Ducks are one of four former Pac-12 schools headed to the Big Ten.


With Texas and Oklahoma gone to the SEC, Utah (-110 to make the college football field) and Arizona (+200 in CFP odds) are looking like the teams to beat along with holdover Kansas State in the Big 12.


Nick Saban has retired at Alabama and Kalen DeBoer was hired to replace him after leading Washington to the CFP title game.

DeBoer could have his work cut out for him as four of the top seven players in the 247sports.com transfer portal rankings have left Alabama.

There are 12 teams with better odds than Alabama to make it into the CFP field. That is still better than our sportsbook odds for Washington. With so many of the key players from Washington’s run to the national title game headed to the NFL and the Huskies having no commitments from the top 75 players in the transfer portal, Washington is at +1000 in the odds to be among the 12 teams vying for the national title.

Michigan has also dropped a bit in the CFP odds with Harbaugh exiting stage right, but the Wolverines are still 10th at -140.


What the CFP Field Could Look Like

The champions of the top five conferences will land spots in the College Football Playoff.

With the majority of the Pac-12 programs landing in other conferences, that leaves the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, and the best conference out of the Group of Five getting into the field.

That would leave Miami and Utah fighting it out for the final spot among the power conferences.

Going by the BetUS odds, Georgia, Ohio State, Florida State and Kansas State would earn first-round byes. The other teams in the field would be Texas, Oregon, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ole Miss and either Miami or Utah.



Questions Of The Day

Which team has the best odds of winning the 2024 college football title?

Georgia and Ohio State have the top odds of winning the national title. with Georgia at +330 in the national title odds followed by Ohio State at +425.

Which teams have the best odds to win the four power conferences?

Clemson and Florida State are tied at +260 in the ACC title odds, Ohio State (+150) leads Oregon (+250) and Michigan (+450) in the Big Ten, Kansas State and Utah are tied at +330 in the Big 12 while Georgia (+200) and Texas (+250) are the teams to beat in the SEC.

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