- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bryce Young’s 1st career TD (2020) pic.twitter.com/DvRHsfXNDK
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