2022-23 College Football Championship Odds and Predictions

2021 was quite a year for college football. A new national champion – the Georgia Bulldogs – was crowned. A non-Power Five team – Cincinnati – made the College Football Playoff for the first time. Another school – Michigan – made its first trip to the CFP, as well.

Naturally, there is always quite a bit of turnover from one year to the next in this sport. Georgia, for example, lost a whopping 15 players from last year’s national title team to the NFL in the draft alone. That was the most players drafted from a single school since the NFL instituted its current seven-round draft format. Needless to say, the Bulldogs will look quite different when we next see them this fall.

While it’s only May, it’s never too early to take a gander at college football championship odds. College football betting sites are on top of things, you know. Georgia may have won it all last season, but the runner-up is actually favored to win it all next year.

2022 College Football Championship Odds

Teams Odds
Alabama +200
Georgia +340
Ohio State +450
Clemson +1200
Texas A&M +2800
USC +3000
Oklahoma +3500
Michigan +4000
Utah +4500
Notre Dame +4500
Wisconsin +5000
Oregon +5500
LSU +5500
Penn State +6000
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Alabama (+200)

Alabama entering the season as the betting favorite to win it all is a rite of passage by now. The Crimson Tide have appeared in six of the last seven National Championship Games, with three titles in that span. This is arguably the most dominant run we’ve seen from a single program in the history of the sport, which is saying something.

Nick Saban loses a series of blue-chippers to the NFL every year, but he simply replaces them with the next group of top-ranked recruits. Saban has won a whopping six national titles since 2009 and has cemented his status as the greatest college football coach we’ve ever seen. The 2022-23 squad will be returning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young for a second season as the QB1. All he did as a sophomore last season was complete better than 59 percent of his throws for 4,872 yards with 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He added another three rushing scores for good measure. Young isn’t the favorite to win another Heisman this year – that honor belongs to Ohio State’s CJ Stroud – but would anybody be that surprised if Alabama’s signal-caller went back-to-back?

Young did lose star wideouts Jameson Williams and John Metchie to the NFL, but this team has had no trouble replacing departed playmakers over the years. Trey Sanders looks like the favorite to take over for Brian Robinson Jr. in the backfield, but Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs will likely get a chance, too.

Alabama’s defense was gouged by Georgia in the national title game, but quite a few key pieces will return this fall. The Tide still boast star edge rusher Will Anderson, while Henry To’oTo’o, Jordan Battle, and DeMarcco Hellams are back, too. Bama yielded 20.1 points per game a season ago, which was the highest single-season average since Saban’s first year with the program in ’07. Don’t be shocked if the team improves considerably on that side of the football with so many veterans back for another season.

I would never talk you out of betting on Alabama’s college football championship odds. They seem to make their way to the title game every year, so I’m not sure what more you could ask for in a futures bet. At +200, there is still some meat on the bone with the Crimson Tide.

Georgia (+340)

At this point, Georgia is the closest replica of Alabama anywhere in the country. The Bulldogs haven’t yet established themselves as a dynasty, but Kirby Smart has steadily built the program into a powerhouse. Georgia finally won the national title for the first time since 1980 with their 33-18 trouncing of the Tide in the title game back in January.

Since Smart took the reins in 2016, the Dawgs are 66-15 overall with a 5-1 record in bowl appearances.

The question this fall will be whether Georgia can replace the bevy of players lost to the professional ranks. Smart has recruited exceptionally well since arriving in Athens, but replacing Nakobe Dean, Jordan Davis, and others won’t be an easy task.

Fortunately, veteran QB Stetson Bennett will return to try and run it back. The 5’11”, 190-pounder certainly isn’t the most imposing physical specimen, but he is a dark-horse Heisman candidate entering his final season. Last year, Bennett threw for over 2,800 yards with 29 touchdown passes and fared exceptionally well against Bama’s vaunted defense in the National Championship Game.

Clearly, oddsmakers aren’t too worried about all of Georgia’s roster turnover. Navigating the SEC is never a breeze, but the Dawsgs’ +340 NCAAF championship odds do offer plenty of upside.

Ohio State (+450)

Ohio State went 10-2 overall last year and capped things off with a thrilling 48-45 win over Utah in a thrilling Rose Bowl Game. Their tough loss to Michigan in the season finale kept Ryan Day’s squad from qualifying for the College Football Playoff, however, and the sting was likely even more painful when the Wolverines ultimately nabbed that final CFP spot instead.

Despite last year’s failure, the Buckeyes are no strangers to the Playoff, of course.

Ohio State has made four CFP appearances since it was launched back in 2014, with one national title in that span. That victory came under Urban Meyer back in 2014, however, so this program is now in the midst of something of a drought, by their typical standards.

CJ Stroud is your early Heisman Trophy favorite, and for good reason. The Rancho Cucamonga native completed an incredible 71.9 percent of his attempts for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns to just six interceptions a year ago. The Buckeyes’ two-loss season likely resulted in Stroud’s fourth-place finish in last year’s voting, however.

Ohio State is another program that seems to grow superstar wideouts on trees, so the departures of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave shouldn’t hamper the offense too much next term. At +450 and facing a fairly top-heavy Big Ten schedule, Ohio State’s +450 college football championship odds look good, too.

Clemson (+1200)

Before Georgia’s rise last season, it was Clemson that served as the biggest annual threat to Alabama’s reign atop the college football landscape. Unfortunately, the Tigers endured a rare down year under first-year starting QB DJ Uigalelei. Of course, a “down year” by Clemson’s massive standards was still a 10-3 season capped with a win over Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Many expected Uigalelei to become the next star Clemson QB on the heels of Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. Uigalelei came to Clemson as a top-ranked recruit from California with all of the physical tools. Unfortunately, he underwhelmed in his first year as the full-time starter. Uigalelei completed only 55.6 percent of his attempts for 2,246 yards and nine TDs to 10 interceptions. It was a downright dismal showing for an offense that entered the season with lofty hopes.

Uigalelei will have to fight to earn the starting job next year, with another major recruit coming in to battle for the gig. Cade Klubnik, a five-star freshman from Austin, will have a good shot at it. Klubnik comes from Westlake, the same high school that produced future Super Bowl winners Drew Brees and Nick Foles.

Hunter Johnson is also in the mix after transferring over from Northwestern.

Clemson has four appearances in the National Championship Game in the last decade, and the fact that they play in the relatively weak ACC never hurts their chances. A trip to South Bend to take on Notre Dame looks like the toughest game on the schedule. You could do a lot worse than taking a flier on Clemson’s +1200 2022 college football championship odds to enjoy a bounce-back campaign.

Texas A&M (+2800)

Texas A&M, huh? Maybe that move from the Big 12 to the SEC is finally starting to pay off. The Aggies will have a new QB in 2022-23 with Max Johnson set to take the snaps after transferring over from LSU. All Johnson did in Baton Rouge last year was throw for over 2,800 yards with 27 touchdowns for a very underwhelming LSU side.

If Johnson struggles in his new digs, the Aggies have a potential star waiting in the wings. Conner Weigman, who was named National High School Quarterback of the Year a season ago, is a physical specimen capable of adding a rushing element not present in Johnson’s game. Still, the Aggies’ +2800 college football championship odds are a bit of a surprise.

This team went just 8-4 last year, including a 4-4 mark in SEC play. A&M did go 9-1 two years ago and won the Orange Bowl, but this team hasn’t won more than nine games in any season since 2012. The Aggies have zero conference titles and zero appearances in the College Football Playoff since moving to the SEC, either.

Who Will Win the College Football National Title in 2023?

Are you ever wrong to bet on Alabama to win it all?

The Tide have failed to win the national title more often than they’ve won it since Saban took over, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. This team is just going to continue to churn out gobs of NFL-caliber talent for the foreseeable future.

Until further notice, you can always bet on Bama’s college football championship odds and feel pretty confident in your chances.

I’m less confident in Georgia (+340) than I am in Ohio State (+450), which makes the Buckeyes look like the better value, as of now. Can the Bulldogs replace everyone that left and still keep pace with the nation’s other top teams? I don’t doubt their chances, but I’m willing to take the wait-and-see approach with the defending champs.

The best values to win the 2022-23 national title are listed here:

Teams Odds
Alabama +200
Ohio State +450
Clemson +1200
Georgia +340
Texas A&M +2800


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Taylor Smith / Author

Taylor is a sports writer based in Southern California. While he primarily specializes in basketball, baseball and football, he will also dabble in things like soccer and politics from time to time. He has lived in just about every corner of the United States at one point or another, and he has been covering sports and sports betting for the better part of a decade. Taylor currently lives in Long Beach with his fiancé and their two cats.

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