As the dog days of summer go by, the thought that college football season is getting closer and closer has many fans and bettors excited. Although Clemson vs. Alabama seems to be an annual event in the College Football Playoff, there are undoubtedly many possible scenarios for this year’s final four, though the Crimson Tide and Tigers could very well factor into it yet again as well.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the national championship odds of a few of the favorites in the nation just a few weeks before the kickoff of the 2019 campaign.
The Crimson Tide will always be in the title hunt as long as Nick Saban is coach, and he recently laughed off betting odds on his retirement. Alabama lost a lot of talent to the NFL yet again this year, but with Tua Tagovailoa back under center, that won’t be a problem. Tagovailoa set school records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2018 despite nagging injuries, and he should be back fully healthy for his junior campaign. Tagovailoa has dropped about 15 pounds and has top receiver Jerry Jeudy back among many top targets, so it could be more big numbers — and big victories — for the Tide in 2019.
What can Trevor Lawrence do for an encore after leading the Tigers to the national title in his freshman season? Whatever he wants? The Clemson signal caller has a variety of offensive weapons to choose from, with Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins leading a loaded receiving corps. Coach Dabo Sweeney’s squad has now won two national titles in three seasons, and they’ll be better prepared for the year after and taking everyone’s best shot this time. An early test against Texas A&M should keep the Tigers focused entering the season, which could end in the national title game yet again.
The Bulldogs watched the College Football Playoff party from the outside in 2018, then lost their bowl game, which should only motivate Kirby Smart’s squad heading into the 2019 campaign. A September game with Notre Dame will be motivating as well, as the Bulldogs know that every game counts when comparing resumes with others to get into the CFP. Jake Fromm has the controls of the Georgia offense from the get-go after Justin Fields’ transfer to Ohio State, and that confidence that the job is his should pay dividends for the Bulldogs’ offense.
Ohio State +800
New coach, new quarterback, no problem? That seems to be the thinking of oddsmakers, who have the Buckeyes as better bets for a national title than their Big Ten rival, Michigan. That puts a bit of pressure on first-year head coach Ryan Day, who at least got some experience as being the head man in 2018 while Urban Meyer was suspended. Justin Fields gets the chance to try to put up some monster numbers in replacing Dwayne Hoskins under center, and the Buckeyes’ defense should be better after allowing a school-high 25.5 points per game.