The 2021-2022 NCAAF Season kicks off on August 28. Because the season is just about here, we thought it a good idea to get down to brass tacks. Which College Football Championship favorites look primed for a win? What teams are smart plays to take the title, and which underdogs look like the best teams to back? Check out more info on the favorites, smart plays, and underdogs to win the 2022 Championship along with their NCAAF National Championship odds.
Favorites To Win The College Football Championship
2022 NCAA Football National Championship
- When: Jan. 10, 2022
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
- TV / Streaming: ESPN / ESPN Deportes / ESPN+
- Alabama +225
The Crimson Tide offer the lowest odds to win the title. Nick Saban’s squad, like in most seasons, is loaded on paper. But there are question marks. Will Bill O’Brien run as effective of an offense as Steve Sarkisian? Is Bryce Young as good of a quarterback as Mac Jones? Dive into the Alabama pool if you wish. But do your homework first.
- Clemson +450
Like Alabama, on paper at least, the Clemson Tigers look like a lock to make it to the College Football Playoff. But also like the Crimson Tide, questions surround the Tigers. Clemson must play a full season with DJ Uagalelei at quarterback. Not only that, but opponents torched Clemson’s defense last season.
The D must improve this season or Clemson will lose their game on Sep. 4 against Georgia and won’t beat North Carolina in the ACC Championship.
The Smart Plays
- Georgia +500
If you’re looking for value, look no further than Kirby Smart’s bunch. The Georgia Bulldogs should easily win the SEC East Division, making it a foregone conclusion that UGA battles Alabama in the SEC Championship.
If the Dawgs beat Clemson on Sep. 4, they climb into the Top 3. Even if Georgia loses the SEC title game to Alabama, they’d still garner a CFP bid. But although Alabama is likely to be the favorite, Smart’s team can beat Saban’s squad. Georgia is a solid play to win the title.
- Iowa State +3300
We considered making Oklahoma smart play. After some thought, though, it made no sense to peg Oklahoma a smart play when we knew Iowa State was our top underdog play to win the College Football Playoff.
This should be the season the Cyclones become the best team in the Big 12. Senior QB Brock Purdy and junior RB Breece Hall are on the short-list to win the Heisman. The defense is loaded with upperclassmen. The offensive line should be one of the best in the nation.
Don’t be surprised if Iowa State loses 1 game max, wins the Big 12 Championship, and enters the CFP with a real shot to win the title.
- North Carolina +5000
Either you like Clemson to continue their ACC dominance or you take a stand and back the Tar Heels to beat the Tigers in the ACC Championship. There are a lot of reasons to side with the Heels.
Sam Howell returning to play quarterback is the first reason. Howell was great in 2020. Sam is now a junior. He’s got plenty of talent around him and plays behind a stacked offensive line.
Mac Brown has recruited a top defense. Graduate outside linebacker Toman Fox is a projected early round NFL draft pick. Juniors, seniors, and talented sophomores make up the rest of the D.
North Carolina has a real chance to go undefeated during the regular season. If the Heels can pull off the upset over Dabo Swinney’s team in the ACC Championship, Brown and UNC would end up in the College Football Playoff, giving them a big chance to win the trophy.