Alabama Once Again Favored as College Football National Champion

Alabama Crimson Tide Favored NCAA Football

  • Alabama once again is followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Georgia as the potential favorites for national championship.
  • Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud leads Alabama signal-caller Bryce Young as early Heisman Trophy favorite.
  • USC, Texas A&M usher in different title contenders for the 2022 season.

The Five Usual Favorites are Once Again Facing Top Odds

College football has turned into a small race between generally the same five teams each season for the national championships.

This season:
Things are no different as Alabama (+210) has the edge on Ohio State (+425) and Georgia (+450) at the top. Clemson checks in once again from the ACC as the Tigers are the fourth option at (+1200) while Oklahoma has the seventh-best odds at (+4000). Notre Dame (+5000) is in the middle of a coaching change as Brian Kelly left for LSU and Marcus Freeman was elevated to the head coach of the Fighting Irish.

USC, under former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, has the fifth-best odds at (+1400) while Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M are the third SEC squad in the mix with a (+2000) fixture.

Whatever the case, college football has become such a fixture for an elite few that the majority of teams are out of the national championship race with a single loss, even in the last weekend of August. Georgia rolled over Alabama for last season’s national championship, 33-18, although the Crimson Tide (+120) opened the season as the favorite.

Once the Bulldogs won the national championship, them and Alabama hit the boards at an identical (+200) for this season while Ohio State (+800) and Clemson (+1000) once again rounded out the four national title players.

In the SEC alone, Alabama (-125) is the favorite while Georgia (+150) is in the picture again.

Fisher, who had the verbal altercation with Alabama coach Nick Saban, after Saban was accusatory of Fisher for buying Aggies at Texas A&M, has the Aggies with the third-best SEC odds at (+1200).

Quarterbacks Once Again Favored in Heisman Trophy Picture

If you are a member of college football’s “Anointed Five,” the quarterback position is featured much in the same way that it is in the NFL.

With that:
Ohio State signal-caller CJ Stroud (+260) and Alabama signal-caller Bryce Young (+600) are at the top of the odds list. Stroud was fourth in last season’s voting for the Heisman Trophy as he opened at (+350) and now is the favorite. Stroud is favored over Young, the Alabama quarterback who won last season’s Heisman. Stroud passed for 4,435 yards, which were fifth in the nation, and he threw the third-most touchdown passes with 44 and only six interceptions.

Young’s 4,872 yards of a year ago were second in the nation as were his 47 touchdowns while he threw only seven picks.

USC’s Caleb Williams (+1000), who transferred from Oklahoma, has moved into the third-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy.

Williams transferred from Oklahoma where he has followed his coach, Lincoln Riley, to work to reinvent one of the best potential programs in the history of college football.

Trojans, Aggies Looking to be National Championship Players

USC (+1400) is looking for a rebirth under Riley as the Trojans were last a national entity when coach Pete Carroll won two national championships, seven Pac-12s and 97 games. Riley went 55-10 in five seasons at Oklahoma, but the skeptics point out the 0-3 mark in the College Football Playoffs.

Please Note:
Winning four Big 12 titles puts him in the conference title mix in the Pac-12. USC and Utah are both favored to win the Pac-12 at (+200) while Oregon (+300) and UCLA (+750) look to be in the mix.

Fisher is looking to add to the mantra of the SEC as a football conference with his Aggies, who knocked off Alabama last season. Fisher owns a 117-37 coaching ledger with a 34-14 mark at Texas A&M (+2000). He led Florida State to a 14-0 record and a national championship in 2013 after the Seminoles started the season at No. 11 in the AP poll.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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