Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2022 National Championship odds: Georgia, Alabama lead the way as early favorites for college football title

The odds are in favor of either the Bulldogs repeating or the Crimson Tide winning their second title in three years

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Georgia and Alabama are early favorites to win the 2022 national championship one day after the Bulldogs topped the Tide for their first title since 1980, according to fresh odds released by Caesars’ Sportsbook. Both UGA and Alabama have 13/4 odds to win it all in the 2022 college football season. 

The Bulldogs are expected to lose several key contributors with five players ranked among the top 50 in the CBS Sports NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, including projected first-rounders Nakobe Dean, Derion Kendrick and Jordan Davis. However, Georgia has recruited like crazy over the last several seasons and will field another talented squad. 

Conversely, Alabama’s best players, quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson, will be back in 2022 after exploding onto the scene as sophomores. Both should quickly become favorites to win the Heisman Trophy after Young became the first ‘Bama signal-caller to win the award in 2021. The Tide had a lead in the fourth quarter of the title game despite losing both 1,000-yard receivers with injuries. 

Ohio State trails close behind with 7-1 odds after failing to reach the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time since 2016, the year before Ryan Day arrived as offensive coordinator. Bookmakers believe Clemson will rebound from its frustrating 2021 and slotted the Tigers fourth at 12-1 odds. No other team has better than 25-1 odds. 

In the intermediate range, Lincoln Riley’s old and new teams — Oklahoma and USC, respectively — hold 25-1 odds, which ties them with Texas A&M. Michigan is right behind at 30-1, while Notre Dame faces 40-1 odds in Marcus Freeman’s first season as head coach. Texas experienced the longest losing streak since 1957 this season, but the Longhorns jumped up to the board to 50-1 odds after adding transfer QB Quinn Ewers. 

Down the board, Utah could be an interesting play after winning the Pac-12 and earning a Rose Bowl trip. The Utes have just 50-1 odds. Similarly, Baylor earned the first top-five ranking in program history and has a wave of fifth-year seniors returning in the trenches. The Bears have 60-1 odds. Kentucky (125-1), Nebraska (150-1) and Washington (200-1) are three schools who could dramatically over-perform their spot. 

The full list of 2022 national championship odds via Caesars Sportsbook can be viewed below. 

Odds to win 2022 College Football Playoff

Georgia Bulldogs 13/4
Alabama Crimson Tide 13/4
Ohio State Buckeyes 7-1
Clemson Tigers 12-1
Oklahoma Sooners 25-1
Texas A&M Aggies 25-1
USC Trojans 25-1
Michigan Wolverines 30-1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish

40-1
Oregon Ducks 40-1
Wisconsin Badgers 40-1
Florida Gators 40-1
Texas Longhorns 50-1
Utah Utes 50-1
Oklahoma State Cowboys 50-1
Cincinnati Bearcats 60-1
Baylor Bears 60-1
LSU Tigers 75-1
Pitt Panthers 75-1
Iowa Hawkeyes 75-1
Auburn Tigers 75-1
Michigan State Spartans 75-1
Penn State Nittany Lions 75-1
UCLA Bruins 100-1
Miami Hurricanes 100-1
Arkansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky 125-1
Nebraska, Florida State, Iowa State, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina 150-1
Kansas State, Purdue, Arizona State, Washington, TCU, BYU, Mississippi State 200-1
Indiana, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, NC State, Wake Forest 250-1
Northwestern, Houston, Washington State, West Virginia, Maryland

300-1
Oregon State, San Diego State, California, Stanford, UCF, Fresno State, Louisville, Boise State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Boston College 500-1
Syracuse, SMU, Memphis 750-1
Navy, Appalachian State, Air Force, Tulsa, Marshall, UTSA, UAB, Duke, Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Utah State, Liberty, San Jose State, Army, Western Kentucky 1000-1
Arizona, Nevada, Colorado State, East Carolina, Louisiana, Wyoming

1500-1
Georgia State, Central Michigan, Hawaii, Ball State, Louisiana Tech, FAU, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (OH), Toledo, North Texas, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois

2000-1
UTEP, Rice, Ohio, Temple, Kansas, Tulane, Charlotte, New Mexico, Old Dominion, UNLV, South Florida

2500-1
Bowling Green, New Mexico State, ULM, FIU, Vanderbilt, MTSU, South Alabama, Texas State, Arkansas State, Akron, Georgia Southern, Southern Miss, Troy 5000-1
UConn, UMass 10000-1

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