The 2018 college football championship may have just ended in absolutely thrilling fashion thanks to Alabama’s 26-23 overtime win over SEC rival Georgia, but as college football bettors everywhere know, it’s never too early to start making preparations – or wagers – on next year’s championship winner.
2019 Top 20 College Football National Champion Odds
- Alabama – 5/2
You know, it’s a damned shame, but Alabama probably would have been favored to win it all next season even if they lost to Georgia in the 2018 national championship. Now, that they’ve apparently found a flat-out star in freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa – who now looks like he’s going to supplant two-year dual-threat starter Jalen Hurts next season, the sky’s the limit for Nick Saban’s team again. Notice, how I didn’t say a thing about who the Tide need to replace on the defensive side of the ball?
- Clemson – 6/1
Yes, Clemson is a perennial national powerhouse under beloved head coach Dabo Swinney, but I’m going on record right now to say that, unless Kelly Bryant becomes a better passer, the Tigers will come up short in their quest to win it all next season.
- Ohio State – 8/1
No J.T. Barrett and a first-time starter at quarterback means no national championship for the Buckeyes to me!
- Georgia – 8/1
The Bulldogs will be losing elite running backs Nick Chubb and Sonny Michel, but with quarterback Jake Fromm and gifted running back De’Andre Swift back to lead Kirby Smart’s offense – and another powerful defense an almost given, I see no reason why Georgia can’t contend for another berth in the four-team College Football Playoff next season.
- Michigan – 10/1
Jim Harbaugh’s 2018 team will be an elite defensive team that is difficult to score against. That much is a given. However, unless he finds a legitimate quarterback, I wouldn’t expect the Wolverines to contend for much. Why Michigan is a 10/1 favorite right now is beyond me!
- Penn State – 12/1
Superstar running back Saquon Barkley will be sorely missed, but quarterback Trace McSorley will be a Heisman Trophy contender next season and James Franklin has done a good job of building a perennially powerful, defense in Happy Valley and he has a bunch of elite recruits coming in.
- Oklahoma – 18/1
Replacing Baker Mayfield is going to be next to impossible, but Kyler Murray is a former five-star recruit and head coach Lincoln Riley is an offensive genius. Still, you should expect a few struggles just because the Sooners will have a first-time starter under center.
- Michigan State – 25/1
I like Michigan State’s value as a 25/1 pick with quarterback Brian Lewerke coming back and a bunch of Michigan State’s defensive starters returning for head coach Mark Dantonio.
- Texas – 25/1
Tom Herman had a penchant for playing musical chairs at quarterback in 2017 hurt his team this season, so he needs to figure that out and in a hurry during the spring. Still, I’d expect the Longhorns to improve in Year 2 of the Herman era.
- Miami, FL. – 25/1
The Hurricanes either need quarterback Malik Rosier to take a sizable step forward or for 2017 star recruit N’Kosi Perry to take the bulls by the horn. Still, this is a team that is brimming with talent on both sides of the ball.
- Wisconsin – 25/1
I fully expect Wisconsin to be right back in the mix for a berth in the four-team College Football Playoff with 10 starters returning on offense including quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Oh…and I did I mention that head coach Paul Chryst has built a perennially powerful defense in Wisconsin that is as good as anyone’s?
- Auburn – 25/1
With quarterback Jarrett Stidham set to return for another season, I absolutely love the value that Auburn is offering as a 25/1 pick next season. Remember, Auburn beat both, Georgia and Alabama this past season.
- Washington – 30/1
With quarterback Jake Browning coming back and running back Myles Gaskin possibly returning, I see no reason why the Huskies won’t challenge for the Pac-12 title and their second berth in the four-team CFP under widely respected head coach Chris Petersen.
- LSU – 30/1
The Tigers have a wealth of talent each and every year, but Ed Orgeron will have to identify whether Myles Brennan or Lowell Narcisse will be his new starting quarterback and hope the one he chooses plays like a star if he ever expects to get past Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.
- USC – 40/1
The Trojans will be breaking in a new starting quarterback with Sam Darnold leaving and that makes me think USC just won’t contend for anything outside of a Pac-12 title, if that!
- Virginia Tech – 40/1
I love the value that the Hokies are offering heading into 2018 with a really good head coach in Justin Fuente and a gifted quarterback in Josh Jackson that is set to make the leap to stardom next season.
- Florida State – 40/1
The Seminoles will have a new head coach in Willie Taggart, but they’ll also have gifted quarterback Deondre Francois back. Still, expect more of a rebuild under Taggart as opposed to a team shooting for a national championship.
- Notre Dame – 40/1
Brian Kelly will have to decide if Brandon Wimbush or Ian Kelly is the answer at quarterback, but it’s a pleasant problem for the Irish team that looks like they will contend for a playoff berth next season.
- West Virginia – 40/1
With star quarterback Will Grier and elite wide receiver David Stills both returning, I love the value that the Mountaineers are offering as a 40/1 pick that can score the ball with any team in the country.
- Stanford – 40/1
I like head coach David Shaw, but he needs to identify who next season’s starter will be at quarterback in a hurry – and maybe pray that superstar running back Bryce Love returns.