The College Football Playoff selection committee still has much to decide in the final weeks of the regular season, and NCAA National Championship odds hang in the balance.
The 2022 College Football Playoff selection committee still sees serious work ahead of itself in the waning weeks of the season. While teams continue to jockey for position among the contenders, several scenarios remain alive. This uncertainty affects the latest NCAAF National Championship odds at sportsbooks throughout New York state.
On Tuesday night, the committee releases its latest rankings, a set that featured no changes from the previous week. Georgia held the No. 1 spot, followed by Ohio State (No. 2), Michigan (No. 3) and upstart TCU (No. 4). Those teams remain the nation’s only undefeated squads at this point.
People assumed TCU would falter on the road last week in Austin against Texas, but the Horned Frogs proved their mettle in the 17-10 victory. The win secured TCU a spot in the Big 12 title game as the program pushes toward its first appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs remain a longshot in the NCAAF National Championship odds, seeing +4000 at FanDuel.
NCAAF National Championship Odds: Favorites
Georgia remains atop the NCAAF National Championship odds boards. The Bulldogs see odds ranking from -145 (FanDuel) to -105 (BetMGM), but they remain the favorites across the board. The defending national champs stood among the favorites when odds released over the summer and they’ve maintained that spot throughout, including after their impressive win over Tennessee earlier this month.
Ohio State made it to the CFP National Championship game in 2021, ultimately losing that one to Alabama. The Buckeyes look to make their fifth CFP appearance and have a good shot at winning their second title over that span. Ohio State still has Michigan on the schedule, which could shakeup these NCAAF National Championship odds. Quarterback C.J. Stroud remains the favorite to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.
At 10-0 for the first time since 2006, Michigan held steady at No. 3 in the latest rankings. That said, the Wolverines probably need to win-out to secure their spot in the CFP. Winning The Game, the one versus Ohio State, would bolster Michigan’s resume for the committee. Over at DraftKings, the Wolverines (+700) trail only Georgia and Ohio State in their NCAAF National Championship odds.
NCAAF National Championship Odds: Bubble Teams
It’s odd to say, but Alabama remains on the outside looking in in most CFP projections at this point. The Crimson Tide opened with the best odds to win the title this season, but a pair of tough losses have short-circuited what’s been rumored to be Nick Saban’s last season. Alabama saw +160 odds in early September, but now see +12500 at Pointsbet.
Another CFP regular with precarious standing this season is Clemson. Only three teams saw better odds over the summer than the Tigers, but despite a 9-1 record, there’s a real chance Clemson doesn’t make this year’s field. They see a must-win game at home against the University of Miami this week, then a critical ACC championship matchup with No. 13 North Carolina after that. Even winning both of those games doesn’t guarantee Clemson a spot, but it’s a start.
Tennessee lingers as a dark horse on this list thanks to their one-sided loss to Georgia in early November. That defeat cooled the Volunteers’ hot momentum and faded their shortening odds. Heading into the season, Tennessee saw +10000 odds at most sportsbooks but actually debuted at No. 1 in the CFP’s initial rankingsthis season. The Vols need to win-out in the regular season and hope the selection committee views their wins over LSU and Alabama favorably.
LSU sees an opportunity to sneak into the playoff, especially following Oregon’s loss last week. LSU moved up to the sixth spot. At 8-2, they sport an important win over Alabama this season and have clinched a spot in the SEC championship. That’s their ticket into the CFP dance, despite seeing +650 odds at DraftKings to make the playoff.