Two-time defending champion Georgia as the best betting odds to win the 2023 National Championship followed by the usual suspects Alabama and Ohio State.
Here are the team with the 10 best betting odds to win the National Championship, mini-previews of each, and their big games (OC – out of conference).
Georgia is still stacked despite losing a lot of players to the NFL. QB Carson Beck is the likely starter and the team has a good run game and improved their WR corps in the transfer portal. The Bulldogs should, once again, have one of the best defenses in the nation with some new players coming up in the unit that will be high draft picks sooner than later.
Key Games: Kentucky, Florida, @Tennessee
Like every season the Crimson Tide are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. However, one of the big issues is who will start under center? Last season Jalen Milroe was the backup with Ty Simpson #3 on the depth chart and they team also brought in Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner. The team does have a new offensive and defensive coordinator but coach Saban still is playing with a stacked deck.
Key Games: Texas (OC), @ Texas A&M, LSU, @Kentucky
Ohio State +750
The Buckeyes have a QB battle between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown but the skill players are there with star WR Marvin Harrison Jr. and the RB duo of TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams. The defense will be solid again for OSU and one concern is the offensive line, which lost some key linemen.
Key Games: @Notre Dame (OC) Penn State, @Wisconsin, @Michigan
Michigan won the Big 10 last season, bring back their QB in J.J. McCarthy, and may feature the best RB duo in the nation in Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards. The Wolverines should have a strong defense with seven starters returning on that side of the ball. The offensive line was patched up in the transfer portal and their big game, as usual, is at home this season hosting Ohio State in the last game.
Key Games: @Michigan State, @Penn State, Ohio State
The Tigers have QB Jayden Daniels back, a star TE in Mason Taylor, and, arguably, the best WR corps in the SEC. While their D lost some key players, they have some up and comers and transfers, especially in the secondary, ready to take their place in a unit that was legit last season only giving up an average of 22.5 ppg.
Key Games: Florida State (OC), @Alabama, Florida
Lincoln Riley is in his second year and has a loaded deck led by returning Heisman winning QB Caleb Williams. The offense will be great but the defense is the big issues. While the Trojans were busy in the transfer portal to bolster that side of the ball, they struggled last season and that has to change facing a tough second-half schedule in the, now, decimated Pac 12.
Key Games: @Notre Dame, Utah, Washington, @Oregon, UCLA
Clemson will, once again, have one of the best defenses in the nation despite losing some key players. However, the main question marks are for the offense. QB Cade Klubnik returns and they have a great back in Will Shipley but the offensive line may be an issue and the team has a pretty thin WR corps New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley has his work cut out for him.
Key Games: @Duke, Florida State, @Miami, Notre Dame, North Carolina, @South Carolina
Penn State +1800
Penn State has a solid QB returning in Drew Allen as well as a great 1-2 punch out of the backfield with Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen. Olu Fashanu may be a future first round draft pick and anchors a great offensive line. The defense will be good and the one main question mark for the Nittany Lions is the WR corps, which lost their two top receivers from last season.
Key Games: Iowa, @Ohio State, Michigan
Florida State +2300
FSU won 10 games last season and their offense should be a dynamic one with QB Jordan Travis, RB Trey Benson, WR’s Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson, TE Jaheim Bell all returning. The team had issues against the run last season but have a star up front in DE Jared Verse and hit the transfer portal hard to improve the defense.
Key Games: LSU (OC), @Clemson, Miami, Florida (OC)
Texas has a Heisman hopeful QB in Quinn Ewers and a solid WR corps and even with Bijan Robinson in the NFL the run game should be solid. The Longhorns have six returning starters on defense, but that unit, which was much improved last season, lost some big-name players.
Key Games: @Alabama, @Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas Tech