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NCAAF 2022/23 Championship Odds Preview and Best Bet: Crimson Tide Lead the Pack

NCAAF 2022/23 Championship Odds Preview and Best Bet: Crimson Tide Lead the Pack

It is time to prepare for the upcoming NCAA football season, and our resident U.S sports expert Ej Garr presents his future betting prediction to win the 2022-23 championship.

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NCAAF 2022/23 Championship Odds

  • Alabama Crimson Tide 3.00
  • Ohio State Buckeyes 4.00
  • Georgia Bulldogs 4.50
  • Clemson Tigers 11.00
  • USC Trojans 21.00

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide has the defending Heisman Trophy winner returning, and they’re being listed as the odds-on favorite to win another national title this year. Nick Saban’s group fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in the FBS National Championship Game a season ago.

Bryce Young hoisted the Heisman Trophy after the last campaign, and he is among the favorites to achieve that honor again this year. There has only been one player in the history of college football to win more than one Heisman Trophy (Archie Manning), and Young could potentially have two seasons left before he graduates to earn his next one.

Anyone who follows NCAA football can attest that the SEC is the top conference of the Power-5 rankings, and is recognized as the best in the land. Of course, Georgia and Alabama represented the SEC in the FBS Playoff last season, and it wasn’t the first time that two teams from this conference have reached the playoff since its inception. Alabama has earned its way to 8 of the 9 versions of the post-season tournament that crowns the best team in college football.

While it may be a luxury to get your Heisman guy back, Alabama is only returning 5 offensive players from last year’s squad. With their starting tight end and 3 O-line men as the returning starters, there will be plenty of new names in Tuscaloosa hoping to keep the Tide at the top of the college football landscape.

Ohio State Buckeyes

Well, the Wolverines finally beat Ohio State under Jim Harbough last year, so the Ryan Day domination over Michigan is over. The Ohio State Head Coach has his own Heisman Award candidate playing QB in Cj Stroud this season, and there are high hopes once again in Columbus.

The Big Ten Conference will have a lot to prove this season as many outlets are calling for Ohio State and Wisconsin to dominate their respective divisions. When it comes to the Big Ten East Division, Penn State will likely give the Buckeyes their biggest test as they get them in Happy Valley right after the Iowa game. Iowa and Penn State are both going to have the potential to steal their division titles, and I think the rest of the conference will be watching those four programs run away from the pack.

Is Ohio State good enough to win a title out of this conference? If they do go on and make the FBS Playoff, I think the biggest question mark everyone will have when we get there is who Ohio State beat to get there. Outside of that trip to Happy Valley, the Michigan State game is their only other road game that could provide a challenge.

The opening game of the campaign against Notre Dame will have all eyes watching and I will tell you now that their bout with Toledo will be closer than the line setters will put out there.

Georgia Bulldogs

After Alabama whacked Georgia in the SEC title game a year ago, no one thought that Georgia would upset Alabama and take the trophy back to Athens, GA, when they met in the title game. Well, to be honest, there were a lot of Bulldog suitors who had an upset on their minds and it paid off for them.

So, can the defense handle all of the losses it suffered? Only 3 players from the title team are returning on the defensive side of the ball, and strong-safety Christian Smith is the only senior starter left on the roster.

Stetson Bennett now has the job to carry the offense after JT Daniels left for West Virginia. The two of them dealt with Kirby Smart deciding which got the ball when it mattered most and Daniels wants to be the guy so he booted town. The opening game against Oregon will be a game to watch because both programs expect to win that game to kick off their campaigns.

Georgia won’t have to play Alabama in the regular season, nor will they have to deal with Texas A&M or Ole Miss either. Their team total of Over 10.5 wins looks like a sure-fire bet but I don’t see a back-to-back title winner sitting here.

Clemson Tigers

This is one of the stranger lines in my opinion because Clemson is not winning the title this season and that’s that. Folks can throw the chatter around when it comes to the coaching job that Dabo Swinney does in the ACC, but the ACC has been so thin over the last 5 years.

I don’t even think that Clemson will hit their team total of Over 10.5 wins this year, much less go on to make the FBS Playoff. Miami and Notre Dame will both prove to be too much for this program and the back-to-back games with Wake Forest and N.C State to kick off ACC play could also see a 1 – 1 result there.

I see a Clemson team that might win 9 games, and if they win 10 I still think they’ll see it as a good campaign. At 2.10, make a play on the Clemson Team Total Under 10.5 Wins in 2022-23, and don’t think for a minute that they’ll be making the FBS Playoff either.

The line setters aren’t exactly calling for a big year showing those odds of 11.00 to win this year’s title game. Save your money and spend it on something special when you start your Christmas shopping.

USC Trojans

The Conference of Champions hasn’t produced an NCAA football champion in almost 20 years. The USC Trojans took that suspect 2004 title and the Pac-12 is never going to be taken seriously on the big stage. There won’t even be a team from this conference in the FBS Playoff much less taking a national title so you can dismiss this team from having a chance. Yeah, you heard me Trojans fans… You have no chance to win the 2022-23 national championship and if they need this for bulletin board material? PIN IT UP!

Here, let’s make it official… zero chance that there will be a champion coming out of the Pac-12 in this decade! That is unless some of these realignment conversations come to fruition. There is chatter that this conference could look a lot different in a few years, but it still won’t give USC a better chance to win the title this year.

NCAAF 2022/23 Championship Best Bet

I hate to play favorites as anyone who knows me is aware, but Alabama has everything in place to walk away with this year’s trophy. I cannot believe that I have to just settle for it and it’s really because I am not buying much of what anyone else is selling. As you saw, I give the likes of Clemson and USC no chance at all to contend so that leaves Ohio State and Georgia as the Tide’s toughest opponents?

Ironically, I hope I didn’t put my foot too far in my mouth with the Pac-12 comment because Utah is loaded and could certainly provide a Cinderella story. If Utah, Wake Forest, or Penn State sneak into this year’s FBS Playoff, I am going to be rooting for any of them so we can see a surprise team win the championship. I love a good underdog story too, but unless injuries take a toll on the Tide, they are primed to go and ready to give Nick Saban another piece of hardware for his prestigious showcase.

  • Selection: Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Best odds: 3.00 (BetMGM)
  • Stakes: 2/10

Odds as of 11:00 am August 22nd, 2022. Odds may now differ.

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