Image for Richard Janvrin Richard Janvrin - January 9, 2023

College Football National Championship Predictions & Odds

  • The Georgia Bulldogs have the third-best odds after they look to repeat after losing talent to the NFL Draft. 
  • There hasn’t been a repeat winner since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.
  • Since 2010, Alabama has won five national titles. 

As you’ll see with the betting odds, bookmakers like DraftKings Sportsbook view the race to win the National Championship as a three-horse race—Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia.

This may not be terribly exciting, considering two of those three teams faced off last year for the championship. Still, these teams feature players that could go No. 1, 2, and 3 in the NFL Draft with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter.

College Football Championship Odds

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

TeamOdds
Georgia-425
BET HERE
TCU+350
BET HERE

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Win $200

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

College Football National Championship

Best Bets

With Cincinnati and Michigan making their way into the College Football Playoff, it was an exciting time for the sport, but it ultimately just showcased how much more powerful the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide were.

So, headed into this season, can a dark horse team come from nowhere and shock the world?

Here we’ll look at the odds and give our best bets for the National Championship winner in 2022-23.

Georgia Bulldogs

Although it’s been some time since a team has repeated a College Football Championship, and it hasn’t ever been done in the CFP era, the Georgia Bulldogs will break that cycle in 2022-23.

Looking at the betting odds, the top three teams are there for a reason.

When you look around college football, there really doesn’t appear to be any team that can even remotely compete with them.

If anything, the USC Trojans are a nice pick, but in the first year there, new head coach Lincoln Riley has work to do.

Nonetheless, the Bulldogs lost key defensive talent in the NFL Draft, but they’re still going strong with Carter and Nolan Smith along the defensive line.

On offense, quarterback Stetson Bennett will be even better in his second season starting, and he’ll continue to build rapport with wide receiver Ladd McConkey.

It’s quite likely the Bulldogs will play either Alabama or Ohio State in the semi-finals or the championship, but they should be able to take care of business thanks to a solid offense and a defense that is still going to cause problems, especially against a weakened Alabama offensive line and their lack of weapons.

The Bulldogs biggest threat isn’t Alabama; it’s Ohio State.

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Win $200

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Ohio State Buckeyes

Unlike the Bulldogs, the Buckeyes will live and die by their offense this season.

The defense has some quality players like edge rusher Zach Harrison, but there aren’t any bonafide top talents like Alabama or Georgia.

Offensively, the Buckeyes will put up tons of points this year, with C.J. Stroud looking to build off his 44-touchdown campaign from a year ago.

He lost Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson to the NFL Draft, but he still has Jaxon Smith-Njigba as his No. 1 option, with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka working in there, too.

Out of the backfield, they also have a player in TreVeyon Henderson, who has the potential to be a top running back selected in the NFL Draft when his time comes.

In going up against Georgia or Alabama, Ohio State has the squad to go head-on and the quarterback to do so.

Still, they fall just behind Georgia for us, as Bennett will do enough as a quarterback to not put it squarely on the shoulders of the defense.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Win $200

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Alabama Crimson Tide

We hate to go all chalk here, but there really isn’t anywhere else to look. There are some intriguing quarterback prospects out there, like Will Levis of Kentucky, Tyler Van Dyke of Florida, Phil Jurkovec of Boston College, and Tanner McKee of Stanford, but their programs just don’t even compare to these top three.

Quarterback Bryce Young will be in contention for the Heisman Trophy once again as he figures out how to exist within an offense with really no proven receivers and a workable offensive line.

Out of the backfield, Alabama will give Jahmyr Gibbs the most run, and defensively, there are still amazing players there.

Edge rusher Will Anderson may very well be the No. 1 overall pick if neither quarterback shows out in a big way this year, and there’s also safety Jordan Battle and defensive lineman Byron Young.

The Crimson Tide rank last for us amongst these top three because they’ll live and die by Young on offense and Anderson on defense up front.

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Win $200

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Past CFP Champions

Below is a list of all the teams that have won the National Championship under the College Football Playoff style.

Team Year
Georgia 2021
Alabama 2020
LSU 2019
Clemson 2018
Alabama 2017
Clemson 2016
Alabama 2015
Ohio State 2014

College Football Championship FAQs

Who Is the Favorite to Win the 2023 College Football National Championship?

The favorite to win the 2023 College Football National Championship are the Alabama Crimson Tide at +175, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Which College Team Has the Most National Championships?

Dating back to the 1860s, Yale holds the record for most National Championships at 18. However, they haven’t won one since 1927 (1874, 1876, 1877, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1900, 1907, 1909, 1927). Speaking more modernly, the Alabama Crimson Tide have 16, most recently winning in 2020 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020).

Where Will the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Be Held?

The two teams that make it to the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship game will play at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Which Conference Has the Most Appearances in the CFP National Championship?

Since the College Football Playoff National Championship was instituted in 2014, the SEC leads the way with the most appearances in the championship with 10.


Latest NCAA-FOOTBALL Articles

View More
Image for Richard Janvrin

AUTHOR

Richard Janvrin

345 Articles

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

More info on Richard Janvrin
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).

WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.