It was just four days ago that Clemson completely dominated Alabama to make it to the top of the world for the second time in three years. Now, we look at the favorites for next season.
1) Clemson (+175)
It is no surprise that the Tigers have the best odds, considering just how good they were this season. They really never showed signs of weakness, with dominance at all spots on the offense, and an elite pass-rush. Trevor Lawrence is ready to lead for another season, while all of their talented guys will be back.
Clelin Ferrell is off to the NFL Draft, but with all the studs they have, and considering how well coached they are, watch out.
2) Alabama (+250)
Fresh off being the runner-up for the second time in three years, Bama is the team with the second-best odds to win it all next season. The major key for them will be that they get Tua back, and their defense should be loaded once again. They always do such a great recruiting job, that so many new players will come in and fill all the holes left by guys going to the NFL.
Nick Saban has nothing to worry about, and they will bounce back from this loss impressively.
3) Georgia (+550)
There will be a lot of great players when next season begins, but the loss of #2 recruit in the class Justin Fields, RB Elijah Holyfield, and their top two receivers in Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman will make things hard. Still, though, they keep Jake Fromm, and top RB D’Andre Swift. They were #15 in the nation in points allowed, and most guys from that unit will be sticking around.
Georgia will have a hard time actually winning it all, but don’t put it past them to get into the playoff picture.
4) Ohio State (+1200)
With Justin Fields now transferring to take over as QB, and JK Dobbins returning for another season, the offense for Ryan Day’s team is looking very promising. They averaged 42 points per game a season ago and sure did enough on D to win. It was surprising at 13-1 to see them on the outside looking in, but it was what it was. It will be a revenge year of sorts next season.
They return all their top pass-rushers and look to keep it coming next year.
5) Penn State (+1200)
Boy did they miss Saquon this year, as the team went just 9-4, losing quite a few winnable games. Miles Sanders did a solid job of running the ball, while Trace McSorley proved to be a better rusher than a passer once again, which really hurt them. There is a lot that has to be improved with this team, but watch for the guys they have coming in to look to make a difference.