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Who’s Best Bet To Win 2022-23 College Football National Championship?

  • Justin Melo
  • November 4, 2022
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The 2022 college football season is approaching its conclusion. The College Football Playoff selection committee revealed its first CFP rankings of the 2022 campaign on Tuesday. The eventual four-team bracket is beginning to take shape. Exciting action awaits as the results of each passing Saturday gain influence. Securing positive results is of the utmost importance for programs hoping to achieve their lofty goals.

College football’s legitimate contenders have begun separating themselves from the pretenders. The 2022 campaign is entering a crucial period. BetOnline recently updated their exciting National Championship odds. The top favorites shake out as follows:

  • Georgia (+210)
  • Ohio State (+210)
  • Alabama (+375)
  • Tennessee (+750)
  • Michigan (+1000)
  • Clemson (+1800)
  • Oregon (+4500)
  • TCU (+6000)
  • USC (+6600)

THE FAVORITE AND MY PICK: GEORGIA (+210)

The defending champion Georgia Bulldogs ended a historic 42-year championship drought by defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in last season’s National Championship. The Bulldogs reigned victorious last season largely due to a star-studded defense that had a staggering eight players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. This year’s iteration feels awfully similar.

The 8-0 Bulldogs appear fully capable of repeating last season’s triumph. Kirby Smart’s dominant defense has allowed their opponents to score just 84 total points through eight contests (10.5 points/contest). Georgia’s scoring defense ranks second in college football out of 131 qualifying programs, trailing just Illinois (8.9/contest).

Co-defensive coordinators Will Muschamp and Glenn Schumann have a plethora of future Sunday talents at their disposal. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter, cornerback Kelee Ringo, and safety Christopher Smith are all TDN100 standouts. It’s worth noting Georgia must overcome a season-ending injury to senior EDGE Nolan Smith. The Bulldogs are appropriate favorites to become back-to-back champions.

THE CO-FAVORITE: OHIO STATE (+210)

Ryan Day’s Buckeyes remain strong contenders. Ohio State is currently 8-0 and faces their largest test of the campaign in their late November regular-season finale against the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes already dusted Penn State aside. A win over Michigan would further confirm Ohio State’s championship-contending nature.

Starting quarterback C.J. Stroud is overseeing an explosive offense that’s scoring 48.9 points per contest. The Buckeyes are the nation’s second-highest-scoring offense, trailing just Tennessee. Stroud is surrounded by several fellow NFL prospects, including wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and left tackle Paris Johnson Jr. In-house scout Keith Sanchez sent Stroud to the Carolina Panthers with the No. 3 overall selection in our latest NFL mock draft.

Stroud has completed 71.3% of his passing attempts through eight consecutive victories. He’s thrown for 29 touchdowns versus just four interceptions. Stroud could lead the Buckeyes to college football glory.

DON’T SLEEP ON: TENNESSEE (+750)

It qualifies as downright disrespectful to witness the undefeated (8-0) and No. 1 ranked Tennessee Volunteers rank fourth among the current favorites and behind Alabama, who they’ve already defeated this season. Heisman candidate quarterback Hendon Hooker and his Volunteers are still available at an appetizing +750. Such advantageous odds may no longer be available if Tennessee defeats Georgia this weekend. Hooker could lead his Volunteers to the college football promised land.

Tennessee’s offense can go toe-to-toe with any program in the nation, as proven by the 52 points they hung on Alabama. Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman have emerged as go-to targets in the passing game. Hyatt torched Kentucky in Tennessee’s latest impressive showing to the tune of five receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Hooker is at home in Josh Heupel’s system. Tennessee’s offense is averaging 49.4 points per game and leads the FBS in total offense. Hooker and Heupel may ride their unexpected success to the program’s first National Championship since 1998.

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