- Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs are a +300 favorite to capture their third-straight national title
- Alabama (+700), Ohio State (+800) and USC (+1200) will be among the top contenders vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs
- The 2024 CFP National Championship on ESPN will kick off from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on January 8 at 7:30 pm E.T.
After squeaking by Ohio State in the Peach Bowl, No. 1 Georgia crushed No. 3 TCU 65-7 to win back-to-back national championships. Having dominated college football with a 29-1 record over the past two seasons, the Bulldogs opened as a +300 favorite to become the first team since the 1930s to win three-consecutive titles.
Before we check the opening odds for all the top programs in the nation, here’s where your can find the latest NCAAF betting opportunities and our guide to betting on the 2023-24 NCAAF National Championship.
2024 College Football Championship
The College Football Playoff isn’t expanding to 12 teams until the start of the 2024-25 season. So no additional roadblocks will be put in the Bulldogs’ path as they attempt to become the first program since the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1934-36 to three-peat.
Twitter was delighted with Nick Saban’s reaction to David Pollack’s assertion that Georgia (+300) had “taken hold of college football.” Saban has won six national titles since 2010. And Alabama (+700) is the only team that defeated the Bulldogs (41-24 in the 2021 SEC Title Game) during their 29-1 reign over college football the past two seasons.
David Pollack likely just guaranteed Alabama will win the 2023 national championship.
Says Georgia has “taken hold of college football” to Nick Saban’s face…
— that SEC podcast (@thatSECpodcast) January 10, 2023
Both Georgia and Alabama will have new starting quarterbacks next year. 2021 Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. And 25-year-old Stetson Bennett is finally out of eligibility. Bama’s star pass rusher Will Anderson Jr. and Dawgs’ defensive tackle Jalen Carter are also projected to be top-five picks this April.
It’s hard to worry about either of these programs though. Their cupboards are always stocked with fresh five-star prospects. According to 247Sports, the Crimson Tide’s 2023 recruiting class is one of the highest-rated in history with six 5-star commitments.
— ESPN (@espn) January 10, 2023
Other top contenders
Ohio State (+800) was a shanked field goal away from winning this year’s title. They’re losing quarterback CJ Stroud to the NFL, but still have the best receiver in the nation in Marvin Harrison Jr.. The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2024 class, Dylan Raiola, decommitted from the Buckeyes in December. But Ryan Day should have no trouble finding a signal caller who wants to run his explosive offense.
Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and USC (+1200) will make their first-ever trip to the College Football Playoffs with some defensive improvements. However, Lincoln Riley never had much success in the tournament with Oklahoma.
Caleb Williams’ first season at USC been nothing but special:
-Led Trojans to Pac-12 Championship Game & Cotton Bowl appearance
-Won the Heisman
-Pac-12 OPOY & first-team All-Pac-12
-Set USC records for total TDs & total offensive yards
What a year. pic.twitter.com/5D12osbJ1S
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2023
After being upset by TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, Michigan (+1400) might have a new coach if Jim Harbaugh can land himself an NFL job. LSU (+2000) could also be in the mix after an up-and-down first season under Brian Kelly. The Tigers knocked off Alabama before costing themselves a CFP spot with a late-season loss to Texas A&M.
Clemson (+2000) has two recent national championships in 2016 and 2018, but Dabo Swinney has missed the CFP the past two years.
With the winningest coach in college football history and a loaded recruiting class, the Crimson Tide are always a strong bet to win the national title.
Best Bet: Alabama (+700)
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