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Georgia, Ohio State 1-2 in NCAAF Championships Odds

Can Michigan Repeat As College Football National Champions?

Lovers of the status quo, you might want to cover your eyes when the college football season rolls around because not much has remained the same.

Not only have the departures of multiple high-profile quarterbacks to the NFL impacted the NCAAF odds, but there have been some big changes in the coaching world as well.

Georgia, Ohio State 1-2 in NCAAF Championships Odds
C.J. Stroud #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes - Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Georgia’s bid to win a third straight national title might have ended with a loss in the SEC Championship Game, but the Las Vegas odds have the Bulldogs as the team to beat. Georgia’s -110 odds to go over 10½ regular-season wins is sure to attract action as well.

Things will be a little different as the College Football Playoff field expands from four to 12 teams. Also, get out your violins and play a sad song for the dissolution of the Pac-12 as the Power-5 conference setup is now the Power-4.

Keep on reading for more on where the odds are for the college football championship chase.

Georgia Bulldogs Have Plenty of Bite

Unlike many of the top contenders, Georgia brings back its quarterback as Carson Beck is the co-favorite in the Heisman Trophy odds.

Former Vanderbilt receiver London Humphreys is the top-rated incoming transfer for the Bulldogs. Georgia also brought in former Florida running back Trevor Etienne and Miami receiver Colbie Young.

While recent NFL Drafts have led to a slight drop in production on defense, there are more than enough returning playmakers to make Georgia a solid pick at +325 according to the Las Vegas NCAAF odds to make it three national titles in four years.

Ohio State Buckeyes Thinking Big

With Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh off to the NFL and star quarterback J.J. McCarthy and running back Blake Corum also embarking on pro careers, Ohio State is viewed as the top dog in the Big Ten in the CFP odds.

Ohio State will certainly miss all-everything receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. but the Buckeyes know how to recruit game-breakers at that position.

In what feels like a make-or-break season for head coach Ryan Day, his staff has made some waves in the transfer portal by adding three of the top 10 players – Alabama safety Caleb Downs, Alabama quarterback Julian Sayin and Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins.

It could be more than just Ohio State and Michigan fighting it out for Big Ten supremacy, and it would be wise to tread carefully when it comes to the +425 odds for the Buckeyes to win the national title.

 

 

New Homes, High Hopes for Texas, Oregon

Conference realignment continues to shake up the college football world.

Among the teams on the move are Texas and Oregon.

Texas, which has the third-shortest championship odds of +800, has an elite quarterback in Quinn Ewers and the much-discussed Arch Manning waiting in the wings as the Longhorns move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

Texas and Oklahoma make the SEC even more formidable as it is quite possible that half of the College Football Playoff field could come from that conference.

Oregon leaves the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten. With Oregon at +1000 and reigning national champion Michigan priced at +1400 in the odds of winning the national title, three of the eight teams with the best championship odds hail from the Big Ten.

Oregon coach Dan Lanning has been getting it done on the recruiting trail and that Nike money certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to enticing top transfers to come to Eugene. UCLA quarterback Dante Moore and Texas A&M receiver Evan Stewart are looking to help the Ducks move forward after Bo Nix headed to the NFL.

What About the Defending Champs?

The college football season ended with Michigan topping Washington in the national title game.

Quarterbacks J.J. McCarthy of Michigan and Michael Penix Jr. of Washington are gone and so are their coaches.

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is now calling the shots with the Los Angeles – don’t call them the San Diego – Chargers. Washington’s Kalen DeBoer was hired to replace Nick Saban at Alabama. No pressure there, Kalen.

Michigan is tied for seventh at +1400 in the championship odds. Those who like to live dangerously can always take a chance on Washington at +5000 in the championship odds.

Considering how many players from the 2023 Alabama team exited stage right after Saban’s retirement, it is buyer beware when it comes to the +1100 odds for Alabama to win the title.

Flying Under the Radar

It might be hard to call a team with +1800 championship odds a dark horse but keep an eye on Florida State, which has been killing it in the transfer portal.

There isn’t quite as much resistance in the ACC as in the SEC or the Big 12, with Florida State and Clemson the top title contenders, so those might work to FSU’s favor when the CFP gets underway.

Arizona is starting to trend in the right direction and the Wildcats got off the sinking ship that was the Pac-12 to join the Big 12. Somebody needs to win the Big 12 – why not the Wildcats?

It would be a high-risk, high-reward endeavor to go with the Wildcats at +7500 but why not? Few people were on the Washington bandwagon when the 2023 season started. Can Arizona pull off some of that magic?

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which players are favored to win the Heisman Trophy?


Quarterbacks Quinn Ewers of Texas and Carson Beck of Georgia are both priced at +800 in the Heisman Trophy odds.

What are some of the best games early in the 2024 college football season?


Florida State is a double-digit favorite against Georgia Tech on August 24, Miami and Florida meet on Aug. 31, Georgia is favored by two touchdowns against Clemson while September begins with the LSU-USC showdown.

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