If it’s July, it’s not too early to talk college football. Last season’s top two teams, Georgia and Alabama, are this season’s two preseason favorites to clash in the 2023 College Football National Championship. The Crimson Tide is the favorite followed by Georgia. Third choice are the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clemson is fourth choice and UGA and Bama SEC rival Texas A&M is the third choice. Check out the early NCAAF National Championship Odds along with top bets the best underdog play.
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2023 College Football National Championship
- When: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023
- Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Early College Football National Championship Odds
- Alabama Crimson Tide +192
- Georgia Bulldogs +350
- Ohio State Buckeyes +390
- Clemson Tigers +1200
- Texas A&M Aggies +2300
- USC Trojans +2600
- Oklahoma Sooners +3000
- Michigan Wolverines +3800
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish +4600
- Oregon Ducks +5400
- Wisconsin Badgers +5600
- Utah Utes +5600
- Oklahoma State Cowboys +6200
- Texas Longhorns +6400
Top Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide +192
It’s never fun to put Alabama on top. But like in most off seasons, Nick Saban reloaded. He reloaded more this past off season because the Tide fell to Georgia in the National Championship.
Quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman. He doesn’t get to throw to Jameson Williams and John Metchie III, but he does get to throw to Jermaine Burton, a wideout transfer from, get this, Georgia.
Running back Jahmyr Gibbs transfers from Georgia Tech. Gibbs averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season for the Yellow Jackets. He could average the same playing behind a Bama line that returns 3 starters.
Will Anderson Jr. finished fifth in Heisman voting. The linebacker ranks first ahead of Young on Mel Kiper Jr.’s 2023 NFL Draft board. Dallas Turner plays on the other side of Anderson and Henry To’oTo’o is as solid of a linebacker as it gets.
Again, nobody likes backing chalk, but Bama looks ready to roll. Alabama is the early pick to win the National Championship.
Second Pick: Georgia Bulldogs +350
The Bulldogs’ offense should be very good. Stetson Bennett is a National Championship winning quarterback. Bennett should play great because UGA returns three of five starters.
The defense must replace 8 starters. Jalen Carter, though, might be the defensive lineman in the country. Kelee Ringo should shut down most opponents’ top wide receiver and linebackers Robert Beal Jr. and Nolan Smith decided to not go to the NFL.
Even if UGA’s D doesn’t gel until the midway point of the season, Georgia figures to go undefeated. The schedule is that soft.
Third Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes +390
It’s impossible to leave Ohio State out of the mix. First, the Buckeyes have a tougher schedule than both Alabama and Georgia.
While UGA and Bama must be perfect, Ohio State can stumble once and still clock a spot to the College Football Playoff. Almost as important, Ohio State can play their way into the CFP.
If the Buckeyes go undefeated, no team will have as good of a College Football Playoff resume as Ohio State. But although the Buckeyes are a good pick to make it to the CFP, we shouldn’t kid ourselves.
The defense will not stand up to Alabama’s offense. Also, by playoff time, Georgia’s defense will have gelled, meaning the Bulldogs will find a way to contain QB C.J. Stroud and WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
Top Underdog Pick: USC Trojans +2600
Lincoln Riley ditched Oklahoma and decided to go to SoCal. But Riley didn’t stop by just accepting USC’s top job.
Riley also convinced Oklahoma starting quarterback Caleb Miller to join him. Then, Riley transferred Romello Height from Alabama to play linebacker and receiver Jordan Addison, this past season’s Biletnikoff winner, to spread the field.
Lincoln is running his team more like Premier League power Manchester City than a college football program. Will it work? It should.
Alex Grinch, Riley’s defensive coordinator at Oklahoma, also took the bus to Trojan Town. Also, the schedule is more than workable. Road games versus Stanford and Utah could pose a challenge.
So could a home game against Notre Dame. But USC has talent on both sides of the football and now the Trojans have one of the best coaches in college ball on their sideline. USC can win the title in Riley’s first season.
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