College Football Championship Odds
College football is one of the best and most volatile sports in America. Not every state has a professional sports team, so many people across the US latch onto their local college team with the hope that their team would have the chance to win the national championship. Now, some teams have better odds to win more than others, Alabama certainly has a better chance to win the national championship compared to Wyoming, but college football is not only about wins and losses.
College football is unlike any other sport because it is more about pageantry and history more than actually playing the sport of football. Every team has a marching band and fun colors, and super passionate fanbases. There’s just something about the crisp fall air smell mixed with the tailgates that makes college football one of the best sports in the U.S.
Realistically, only 3 teams have a chance to win the national championship, Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State, but some other teams have a chance to knock off the titans of college football. Let’s take a look at the odds of some of the teams you could see in the College Football Playoffs.
College Football Championship Odds 2022
Favorites from Power 5 Conferences
SEC: Alabama ()
Alabama is a national championship-winning machine. With so many naturally good players coming out of the South mixed with Nick Saban being the best coach and recruiter in the country, Alabama will always remain at the top. This year they are making a title defense, but it won’t be easy to repeat as champions.
The first thing to note with the 2022 Alabama team is all of the talent they lost. Many key players on their national championship team are gone including QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, WR Davonta Smith, WR Jaylen Waddle, and tackle Alex Leatherwood. But that should be fine because Alabama doesn’t rebuild; they reload. QB Bryce Young is stepping in as the starting quarterback with former five-star recruits like RB Kyle Edwards and WR John Metchie making up for a loss in production.
The defense should also be better despite losing guys like DT Christian Barmore and LB Dylan Moses because they have players like transfer LB Henry To’o To’o and CB Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry.
Alabama is the best team in the country, and the road to the national championship goes through them.
ACC: Clemson ()
Clemson came up short against Ohio State in the semi-finals. Clemson was a betting favorite heading into the year to beat Ohio State and to win the national championship but shockingly came up short. Clemson is another one of those teams that reload with talented recruits, and they might be in a better spot than Alabama.
QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne are gone, but QB D.J. Ugalalelei looked good when he was the starter in Lawrence’s absence and talented offensive weapons like RB Lyn-J Dixon and WR Justyn Ross should be able to scorch the rest of the ACC.
The defense should remain solid as they still have stud players like free safety Nolan Turner and DT Bryan Breese.
Look out as the Tigers have all of the talent, coaching, and motivation to win the national championship this year.
Big 10: Ohio State ()
There are a lot of things to love about Ohio State going into the 2022 season. They made it all of the way to the national championship game before losing to the best team in the country.
Yes, they might have lost good players to the draft, most notably QB Justin Fields, but they have the best recruit class of 2022. Headlining this incredible recruiting class is QB Quinn Ewers, who was also the best recruit in high school, and Ohio State also got spectacular players like CB Jaheim Singletary, LB C.J. Hicks, and WR Caleb Burton. All of these players are at the top of their draft class, and they will be joining already established players like WR Garrett Wilson, WR Chris Olave, RB Master Teague, safety Josh Proctor, and DE Tyreke Smith.
Ohio Stae might have reached their peak last year, but then again, they have a lot more talent than any other team in the Big 10 and should be on a revenge tour when the playoffs come around.
Big 12: Oklahoma ()
Lincoln Riley has built an offensive powerhouse in Oklahoma. The Sooners were on the edge of making the playoffs last year but unfortunately lost a few too many games for the playoff committee’s liking.
This year could be a different story as star quarterback and Heisman favorite, Spencer Rattler, has developed this offseason tremendously. He will be the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, and he has an arsenal of weapons around him. Oklahoma has great running backs like transfer Eric Gray, junior Kennedy Brooks, and five-star recruit Raleek Brown. They also have amazing wide receivers like Theo Wease, Jadon Haselwood, and five-star recruit Luther Burden.
The Oklahoma defense has also been slowly developing and getting better over the years, and this year they might have their best defense yet as they have players like transfer DB Key Lawrence and recruits like DL Derrick Moore and LB Kobie McKinzie.
Oklahoma is the favorite in the Big 12, and they should be one of the best overall teams in the country this season.
Pac 12: USC ()
QB Kedon Slovis is the main reason why the Trojans will win the Pac 12 this season. A ton of football talent from the West Coast goes to USC, and that’s because they have the best shot to represent the Pac 12 in the College Football Playoffs.
Their offensive is great as they are led by one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Kedon Slovis. He has great talent to throw to as he is around players like WR Drake London, transfer RB Keaontay Ingram, and three-star recruit Kevin Green.
The defense is also the best in the conference and they only added to their talent with this recruiting class. USC got many five-star defensive recruits like CB Domani Jackson and DL Mykel Williams.
They will look to earn a starting role alongside players like safety Isaiah Pola-Mao and DE Tuli Tuipulotu and prove to the rest of the country that USC can beat anyone.
Darkhorse from Power 5 Conferences
SEC: Auburn ()
Auburn had a very down year last season and Guz Malzahn was promptly fired after 7 seasons as the head coach. Auburn was terrible on offense and their only saving grace was that their defense, which kept them in games. The Tigers are looking to turn things around as they hired Bryce Harsin as their new head coach.
QB Bo Nix is returning as the starting quarterback of the team, but his leash is extremely short. The positives for Auburn is that they have many great players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, even in the tough SEC. Tank Bigsby and Shuan Shivers are dynamic running backs that have had monster games in their short careers and wide receivers like Elijah Canion, Demetrius Robertson, and three-star recruit Jay Farr is going to be household names once the season finishes.
Smoke Monday is the coldest cornerback in the country and returns to Auburn for his senior season. He will be the leader on defense and try to get the best out of talented guys like DT Tyron Truesdell and LB Zakoby McClain.
Auburn is not getting the respect they deserve and they should have a very good season this year.
ACC: Miami ()
Miami might have gotten stomped by Clemson for the past couple of seasons, but this year is their best year to beat them.
QB D’Eriq King is a Heisman hopeful this season, and he will the leader on offense. He will be throwing to the pool of talent that Miami has accumulated, like WR Mike Harley, WR Charleston Rambo, four-star WR Isaiah Horton, and RB Jaylan Knighton.
Their defense should also be better because they are getting players like transfer DB Tyrique Stevenson and three-star recruit LB Justin Medlock to add to a Miami defense with some talented players like safety Gurvan Hall Jr. and DE Deandre Johnson.
Manny Daiz hasn’t cracked the code to a Miami national championship yet, but this is his best year to succeed as he has some of the best talent in his coaching career.
Big 10: Penn State ()
The thing to love about Penn State is the recruiting class they have this year. Penn State had one of their worst years in recent memory as both sides of the ball looked flawed.
Sean Clifford is the presumed starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions heading into the season, but one of the names out of this great recruiting class is QB Drew Allar. Allar showed promise from his tape and might have the talent to beat out Clifford in camp. Penn State has solid talent on offense as they have players like WR Jahan Dotson and four-star recruit RB Nicholas Singleton, who should have reliable weapons for whoever becomes the starter.
On defense, they are also solid as they have monsters like CB Tariq Castro-Fields, safety Jaquan Brisker, transfer DE Arnold Ebiketie, and four-star recruit DL Dani Dennis-Sutton.
Penn State should be much better this year, and I expect them to be competing for the Big 10 title in December.
Big 12: Texas ()
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the expectations for this season. After another season of not competing for a Big 12 championship, people around the Texas football team are fed up.
Sam Ehlinger is no longer the quarterback in Austin, but QB Casey Thomspon looked incredible in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. He will fit in nicely as the starting quarterback for the Longhorns because they have a top 10 running back in Bijan Robinson and solid receivers like Troy Omeire and Josh Moore.
Their defense should remain as one of the best in the Big 12 as they get a great four-star recruit in safety, Bryan Allen Jr., to pair nicely with guys like LB DeMarvion Overshown and CB Josh Thomspon.
Texas might be back in 2022, and don’t be surprised if you see their signature horns-up celebration by the end of the season.
Pac 12: Oregon ()
The only issue with this Oregon roster is the quarterback. This is a major flaw as a quarterback is the most important position on the football team.
Last year’s starter, Tyler Shough, is transferring to Texas Tech. This leaves the door open for Anthony Brown, Ty Thompson, or four-star recruit Tanner Bailey to claim the starting position. Oregon has a host of talent on offense as they have one of the better running backs in the country in CJ Verdell and some great talent at receiver in Jaylon Redd, Johnny Johnson, and four-star recruit Isaiah Sategna.
Their defense is also loaded as they have one of the best defenders in the country in DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, as well as other great players like LB Justin Flowe and four-star recruits like LB TJ Dudley and safety Trejon Williams.
Oregon is probably the second-best team in the conference with upside depending on how their quarterback situation plays out this season.
Other Darkhorse Teams
This section is for the teams that play outside the Power 5 Conferences and have a legitimate chance of playing in a high-level bowl game or the national championship if everything bounces their way.
Notre Dame ()
Poor Notre Dame had to get embarrassed on national TV by playing the best team in the country in the College Football Playoffs. The sad part about that was that Notre Dame actually had a really good season last year. Sure, guys like QB Ian Book and DL Daelin Hayes are gone, but they still have a ton of talent left over from last year.
CB Kyle Hamilton is projected as a top 5 draft pick in next year’s draft, and RB Kyren Williams and WR Kevin Austin Jr. are still on the team. The Notre Dame defense was one of the best in the country last year, and they might have gotten better this year as they add four more four-star recruits. Three of them are linebackers, Jaylen Sneed, Niuafe Tuihalamaka, and Joshua Burnham, and one is a defensive tackle, Tyson Ford. They join guys like LB Shayne Simon and DE Tyron Tagovailoa-Amosa for what should be a title-contending defense.
Coastal Carolina ()
Many people didn’t know what a Chanticleer was before Coastal Carolina played in one of the best college football games of the year against BYU. Coastal Carolina was the surprise of last year’s season as they played some of the best football out of any team the entire season. And they could be even better as they are returning their quarterback in Grayson McCall.
He is reunited with RB Reese White, WR Kameron Brown, and now has another dangerous target in four-star recruit WR Rian Black to throw to. Coastal Carolina had some stud transfers and mullet-headed monsters on defense like Jefferey Gunter and Emmanuel Johnson.
It will be hard for any non-Power 5 team to make the playoffs, considering there are only 4 spots, but Coastal Carolina should be a team you keep your eye on for this season.
Hugh Freeze turned around the program immediately in his short time at Liberty. Freeze has done an excellent job getting guys to buy into his system, but it also helps when you have one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
QB Malik Willis is an electrifying player and he did it all for Liberty last year. He will be able to throw balls downfield to WR DJ Stubbs and new three-star recruit WR Markel Fortenberry or he can pound people in the run game with RB T.J. Green. Liberty was more known for their exciting offense last year and didn’t have the defensive players to stop anyone.
That might not change much as they are not getting any highly rated defensive players in this year’s recruiting class, but guys like safety Skyler Thomas and LB Javon Scruggs should develop into better players.
All Liberty needs is an average defense because the Flames’ incredible offense will be able to burn opponents very quickly.