Updated National Championship Odds After Week 1

Updated National Championship Odds After Week 1

Written by on September 7, 2022

There were no major upsets around college football in Week 1, so the favorites to win the national title have remained largely the same, although there might be legitimate concern that Clemson’s offense is still a problem following a 41-10 win over Georgia Tech – the Tigers rose a bit to +1000 to win it all.  Let’s see the preview for your favorite odds.

National Championship Odds After Week 1

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was 19-for-32 for 209 total yards and a touchdown through the air and on the ground, while Clemson rushed a total of 127 yards, capped by a pair of touchdowns from sophomore Will Shipley. After missing the entire 2021 season, wide receiver Brannon Spector saw his first game action since the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, a span of 612 days. Spector finished with two catches for 11 yards.

The Tigers have now won each of their last eight conference openers since 2015, the longest conference-opener winning streak in school history. Clemson’s defense registered seven tackles for loss and allowed just 237 yards. Clemson held Georgia Tech to 2-of-16 on third downs, its fewest third-down conversions allowed since holding UConn to zero third-down conversions last season.

That unit is clearly still among the nation’s best. Clemson blocked two punts in a game for the first time since 2007 against South Carolina. Clemson opened conference play on the road for the ninth time in the last 11 years. Clemson has now won each of its last eight conference openers since 2015, the longest conference opener winning streak in school history.

Michigan is up to +3500 to win the title after an impressive 51-7 win over Colorado State. Michigan improved to 117-23-3 all-time in season openers, while head coach Jim Harbaugh is 15-4 in season openers, including 6-2 at Michigan. The Wolverines also improved to 17-0 in non-conference home games under Harbaugh. UM had 19 players make their debut in the opener against Colorado State, including 15 true freshmen.

Cade McNamara started at QB in week 1 but J.J. McCarthy will make his first career start on Saturday against Hawaii with Michigan as a 50-point favorite. The sophomore appeared in 11 games last season and accounted for seven scores (two rushing), including touchdown passes of 35, 56, and 69 yards. He recorded his eighth career score vs. Colorado State in the season-opener, a 20-yard run, and also completed four-of-four pass attempts. McCarthy has a touchdown percentage of 7.9 percent (five on 63 pass attempts) and averages a score every 10 times he tucks and runs (three on 30 rush attempts).

Alabama remains the +160 championship favorite after routing Utah State 55-0 in Week 1. Alabama will be making its 53rd appearance overall (34-18, .654) on ESPN’s College GameDay when the popular pregame show airs from Austin, Texas, this Saturday. It marks Alabama’s 44th appearance under head coach Nick Saban (31-12, .721). The 44 appearances in the Saban era are eight better than Ohio State (36) for the most GameDay appearances since the 2007 season.

Saban has coached the most games as the Associated Press Poll’s No. 1 team among active head coaches. Following last Saturday’s season-opener against Utah State, Saban has coached 96 games as the nation’s top-ranked team, which is 75 more games than second-place Dabo Swinney, who has totaled 21 games at No. 1. The third coach on the list is Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher who coached 10, all coming during the 2013-14 seasons at Florida State.

Georgia is the +300 second favorite to repeat and the Dawgs crushed a good Oregon team 49-3 in Week 1. The 49 points were the most in a season opener under Coach Kirby Smart, and the most since 2015 (51-14 over La.-Monroe in Athens). It marked the second straight opener when the Bulldogs held their ranked opponent to only three points (No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte, N.C.).

Senior QB Stetson Bennett (25-for-31, career-high 368 yards, 2 TDs plus 1 Rushing TD) in three-plus quarters while improving to 15-3 as a starter as the Bulldogs racked up 571 yards of total offense on 62 plays. He concluded his seventh and final scoring drive with 5:20 left in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs in front 42-3. For the game, the Bulldogs were 8-for-8 on 3rd down with him at the helm. Georgia was 6-for-6 in the Red Zone, scoring six TDs. In his Bulldog career, Bennett is 15-3 and has completed 63.2 percent of his passes (316-for-500, 4,669 yards, 41 TDs, 14 INTs).

UGA plays its home opener against overmatched Samford this week. In the Smart era, the Bulldogs are 31-4 at home including 29-1 since 2017. Georgia’s .886 winning percentage at home under Smart is the best in school history. The Bulldogs were 3-3 at home in his first season (2016), and the only loss since then came in double overtime to South Carolina in 2019. Georgia has won 12 straight home games.


 

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