The Five Teams with the Best Odds of Winning the 2024 College Football National Championship
College Football is now right around the corner, and fans and bettors are looking ahead to the season that is in store. It is always hard to predict who will emerge victorious in the unpredictable world of college sports, but oddsmakers like the Bet99 Ontario sportsbook have released their odds for the 2023-24 season.
Only one team can emerge victorious with the National Championship in hand, and bookmakers have pegged a few different teams as the likeliest outcomes. Let’s look at some of the college football squads that most betting sites have given the best odds to win next year’s national championship.
How could it not be Georgia? The reigning back-to-back champions are the easy favorite going into next season simply because Kirby Smart has this team playing and recruiting at the highest level possible. While there has been a mass exodus of talent to the NFL, including superstars like Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, and Stetson Bennett, the reality is that Georgia is in great shape to run it back. The nation’s best tight end, Brock Bowers, will be an asset for whichever blue-chip prospect wins the QB battle, and the defense is once again stacked with talent. Ultimately, this is a sign of confidence in Kirby Smart.
Alabama has been a college football dynasty since Nick Saban took over, and while the rise of Georgia has hogged the spotlight in the past few seasons, don’t ever sleep on Alabama. While superstar Bryce Young has gone to the league, and it is uncertain which quarterback will replace him, it is easy to have faith in Alabama. Simply look at how Saban has managed having elite players leave every season yet continued to bring in new recruits and transfers. Alabama has what might be the best cornerback in the nation in Kool-Aid McKinstry as well as an elite edge rusher in Dallas Turner. They’ll lean on run game and defense to succeed.
Ohio State has not won a national championship under Ryan Day, but this season could be their best chance. They have the best weapons in the sport, with wide receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka, as well as an elite running back TreVeyon Henderson. While quarterback is still a question mark, both Kyle McCord and Devin Brown were highly recruited, and Day gets the best out of his QBs. Their defense could even improve, with a strong defensive line led by elite recruits Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau. The rivalry game against Michigan could decide the season.
Jim Harbaugh has built Michigan into a real force, making the playoffs in back-to-back years. He returns a hugely talented roster built on the running back duo of Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy is also a prime candidate to take a step forward this season after an efficient year. Michigan’s strength has long been its defense, and Harbaugh will likely continue that trend this season as Michigan returns an elite secondary. This could be the year Michigan breaks through and gets it done in the playoffs, giving Harbaugh his first championship.
LSU started slowly last season, which had some believing coach Brian Kelly wasn’t up to the task. However, he turned the team around and had them in the SEC title game and beating Alabama, a first season that outperformed all expectations. Now, they come into the year with real hype to win. They have a dynamic quarterback in Jayden Daniels and one of the most promising defensive players in college football in Harold Perkins Jr. They will face a difficult schedule, but coach Kelly showed that this team could become elite. With another year under his tutelage, the sky is the limit.