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No Surprises at the Top of the 2022 College Football Futures Market

2022 College Football National Championship CashBet Odds

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  It is true that the transfer portal and NIL deals have flipped college football rosters like a burger on the grill.  But with the College football betting noise comes a stark reality.  The usual suspects are at the top of the college football futures board.  Alabama and Georgia are the co-favorites to win the 2022-23 national championship.  Of course, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are the last two champions.  And then the other top performers in recent years, Ohio State and Clemson, are the next choices.

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At the onset of top online sportsbook futures market betting, Alabama and Georgia were the public power picks.  As is almost always the case, the betting public is betting on the future based on the past.  And it is easy to understand why the past makes for an easy sell for Alabama and Georgia.

In sum, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs consistently rank as the best two recruiters over the past several years.  Each program dominates its respective SEC divisions.  Nick Saban of Alabama and Georgia’s Kirby Smart rate as college football’s best coaches.  Most important of all, the gambling public trusts the Crimson Tide and Dawgs.

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Next, Ohio State and Clemson are the third and fourth betting on college football choices.  Both teams are College Football Playoff regulars.  Each team dominates its conference.  Ohio State is the path that all prospective Big Ten contenders have to go through. In comparison, Clemson owns a basketball-oriented Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ohio State is seeking a bet on NCAAF redemption for the Cardinal Sin they committed in 2021.  To illuminate the Scarlet and Gray lost to “That School Up North” (Michigan) for the first time since 2011.  Worst of all, the Buckeyes were mauled in an unforgettable 42-27 loss as 6.5-point favorites.  Ohio State was physically obliterated in the loss.  And that is something that never happened against Michigan.

As a result of that humiliation, head coach Ryan Day tweaked his coaching staff.  There is a new defensive coordinator and a greater emphasis on physical play.  Day had the Buckeyes slamming into each other during spring football camp in preparation for the 2022 season.  In turn, the Scarlet and Gray have vowed revenge against the Wolverines.

Correlate that Ohio State is far and away the best recruiter in the Big Ten.  The Buckeyes will have more talent than any team they face on the Big Ten schedule.  That makes Ohio State a bona fide favorite to return to the College Football Playoff.

Clemson was a regular in the College Football Playoff before a betting on NCAAF dropped in 2021.  Clemson failed to make the 2021 ACC Championship Game.  Yet the Tigers beat Iowa State in their bowl game to finish with a 10-3 record.  That would make for a dream season and a parade at most any other school.  But at Clemson, it bordered on a disaster.

Of great concern is how head coach Dabo Swinney will handle the loss of his offensive and defensive coordinators.  Swinney’s program has been the model of consistency and a perennial national power.  Perhaps the changes are exactly what is needed.

Clemson remains one of the nation’s great recruiters.  And they play in a league that they should be able to dominate.  Despite Swinney’s rants about how NIL and the transfer portal are ruining the sport, he still attracts talent to Clemson.


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