College Football National Champion Odds 2023 | Current NCAAF Playoff Futures & Opening Lines
Georgia did it. Finally.
More than a month removed from the national championship, and the Bulldogs’ victory, while still mighty significant, feels like it transpired six months ago.
The sport moves fast. Whether it’s the turbulent hiring cycle, National Signing Day and the overflowing transfer portal, the only constant is change. Although one might not think much change is at hand when looking at the early National Championship odds for the 2022-23 season.
Throw in departures for the NFL Draft, and the landscape has certainly undergone a massive overhaul. As for the odds and where you might want to plant your flag this offseason, that’s precisely what we’ve set out to do today.
NCAAF National Champion Odds 2023
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BetMGM odds current as of 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 16.
- Alabama (+200)
- Georgia (+300)
- Ohio State (+600)
- Clemson (+1200)
- Michigan (+3500)
- Oklahoma (+3500)
- Texas A&M (+3500)
- USC (+3500)
- LSU (+4000)
- Florida (+5000)
- Notre Dame (+5000)
- Oregon (+5000)
- Texas (+5000)
- Utah (+5000)
- Wisconsin (+5000)
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At the moment, the sport feels top-heavy. The odds certainly reflect that, and the drop between No. 4 (Clemson) and No. 5 (Michigan) says plenty about just how the oddsmakers feel about the general chalk.
That’s not to say there isn’t value outside the top four; weird things happen in college football. But it does speak volumes to see the gap between the elite and the (very) good widening.
Alabama, fresh off a runner-up performance in the national championship, is fitting chalk. Amid the many questions that will surround the offseason and the odds attached, this part feels very much right.
2023 CFB Playoff Favorites
Alabama to Win CFB National Championship (+200) at BetMGM
The best offensive and defensive players both return to Alabama. Quarterback Bryce Young, fresh off a Heisman, will lead the offense. Linebacker Will Anderson Jr., fresh off a ridiculous 33.5 tackles for loss, is also back. Both will be vying to be the No. 1 overall pick next season.
The defense returns a ton of snaps, which is noteworthy, although the biggest boosts to the Crimson Tide likely come via the transfer portal.
Former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks and Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs both join the Tide, and both will be fixtures next year. As will wideout Jermaine Burton, who comes over from Georgia.
While the 2/1 price isn’t exactly bubbling with value, it’s fitting. This is the most talented team in CFB right now.
Alabama to Win 2023 CFB Title
Bet $20, Payout $60
Georgia to Win CFB National Championship (+300) at BetMGM
The defending national champions lose a ton. Let’s start there.
Georgia, fresh off a dominating season, will say farewell to Defensive end Travon Walker, nose tackle Jordan Davis, linebacker Nakobe Dean, running back James Cook, wideout George Pickens, and others.
Despite the talent exodus, the Bulldogs are still loaded. QB Stetson Bennett is back after flirting with a departure, and years of massive recruiting classes should pay dividends.
Still, the anchors of this historic team loses many key cogs, and the replacements will need to step up right away for the Bulldogs to validate this early-season backing.
Georgia to Win 2023 CFB Title
Bet $20, Payout $80
2023 CFB Playoff Contenders
Ohio State to Win CFB National Championship (+600) at BetMGM
Did you see the Rose Bowl? If you did, you should understand why Ohio State is mighty capable heading into this offseason. And while Alabama returns firepower, no team is poised to improve more on both sides of the ball than this one.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud, running back TreVeyon Henderson and wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba are the best offensive trio in the country. In fact, it might not be close.
Add in the arrival of Jim Knowles, the defensive coordinator who left Oklahoma State for the Buckeyes after the season, and both sides of the ball could be better moving forward.
Given the glimpses we saw last year, that’s a scary thought.
Ohio St to Win 2023 CFB Title
Bet $20, Payout $140
Clemson to Win CFB National Championship (+1200) at BetMGM
Let’s start with the good news. Clemson won its final six games to close out last season and eight of its final nine. For as weird as the season began — and for as underwhelming as it felt at times — the Tigers rallied quite nicely. And they did so despite being dealt a brutal number of injuries.
That being said, change is in the air. Dabo Swinney has replaced both of his coordinators, which has been a staple of Clemson’s success.
The offense will return almost everyone, which is largely good news. As you process a National Championship bet, however, you must process the development of QB D.J. Uiagalelei. After flashing as a freshman, Uiagalelei struggled throughout much of last year.
If he can improve — or if talented incoming freshman Cade Klubnik can blossom quickly — a potential bounce back is in order.
Clemson to Win 2023 CFB Title
Bet $20, Payout $260
2023 CFB Playoff Sleeper
Utah (+5000) to Win CFB National Championship at BetMGM
They won’t be ranked as a sleeper. Well, or at least the Utes shouldn’t be.
Still, Utah will be undervalued when it comes to odds. With so much attention on USC, it’s understandable. But the pieces are in place for the Utes to have a special year.
Quarterback Cameron Rising really flashed at times last year, and he is likely only to get better. Running back Tavion Thomas, meanwhile, burst onto the scene with 21 rushing touchdowns. The defense loses a fair amount of snaps, although it’ll still be one of the best in the Pac-12.
With a manageable schedule, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Utah push for a run at the College Football Playoff.
Utah to Win 2023 CFB Title
Bet $20, Payout $1020