The 2021-22 college season ended Monday night when Georgia defeated Alabama 33-18 in the College Football playoff final and won its first national title in more than 40 years.
Now the Bulldogs face another question as they revel in their fame: Will they make it again next season? Bookmakers probably like their chances, as Georgia (+200) opened as a co-favorite to win the national title in 2022, according to the odds from the bookmaker FanDuel.
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The Bulldogs may have to rebuild their star defenses a bit, as many of their starters will target the NFL draft in 2022, but the team has recruited well in recent years and will have a lot of confidence in it next season. They will have to replace quarterback Stetson Bennett IV in the attack, but they will retain most of their harvest of young, talented receivers and narrow ends. This will give them a chance to become a more effective scoring unit as players like Brock Bowers develop.
Georgia is not the only SEC team expected to compete for the national title. Alabama (+200) corresponds to the odds of Georgia at the beginning of the season, although he lost to them in the match of the national championship in 2022. Why? As Heisman winner Bryce Young returns to the post of quarterback, this should lead to an Alabama attack humming. Stud pass rusher Will Anderson is also not eligible for the draft, so his return should make the defense a terrifying unit again.
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There are two other teams with a better odds than 10-1 to win the championship. They are State of Ohio (+800) and Clemson (+1000). Ohio State played very well after the slow start of the school football season of 2021 and CJ Stroud has the potential to become the best quarterback in college football. Meanwhile, Clemson ends the year down, but Dabo Swinney’s team is still talented. After the departure of Brent Venables (Oklahoma) and Tony Elliott (Virginia), who became head coaches, they simply have to adjust to having new coordinators on both sides.
Michigan (+4000) and Cincinnati (+20,000)who did CFP last season have longer shots to handle this year. The Wolverines belong to a group of five teams with the fifth best odds to win the championship, but according to bookmakers, they are clearly behind Ohio State. As for the Bearcats, they will probably have to remain undefeated to re-enter the College Football playoffs, and bookmakers are not optimistic about it, as quarterback Desmond Ridder moves to the NFL.
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Below is a look at FanDuel’s chances of winning a national title in the 2022 season. Only schools with a course of 200-1 or higher are listed.
Course for the University Football Championship 2022
|State of Ohio||+800|
|South Carolina||+15 000|
|State of Michigan||15 000|
|State of Arizona||+17 000|
|Wake Forest||+17 000|
|State of Oklahoma||+17 000|
|Mississippi State||+17 000|