Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs captured their first National Championship since 1980. It wasn’t just a milestone to end the Georgia title drought, but it marked the first time Smart beat his former mentor Nick Saban and Alabama. Not long after, FanDuel Sportsbook posted their 2023 college football futures.
Below, we’ll take a look at the favorites, contenders, and longshots in 2023 National Championship odds. Where do this year’s College Football Playoff participants land? What programs are on the rise?
2023 College Football Opening Odds To Win CFP Championship
2023 College Football Futures: The Favorites
Georgia Bulldogs, +200
After winning its first national championship in 40 years, Georgia opens with the shortest odds in the nation. They have plenty of turnover to both offense and defense, highlighted by Outland Trophy winner Jordan Davis, Butkis Award winner Nakobe Dean, and starting quarterback Stetson Bennett. They also see defensive coordinator Dan Lanning depart to coach Oregon. However, the recruiting prowess of Georgia is enough to continue their roll as national contenders. They open the season against Lanning and the Oregon Ducks and face Auburn and Mississippi State in cross-SEC play.
Alabama Crimson Tide, +200
After making their ninth National Championship since the inception of the College Football Playoff, Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide opened as co-title favorites again. Heisman winner Bryce Young returns to the team, but major foundational pieces left for the NFL. However, if we’ve learned anything, it’s that Alabama reloads, not rebuilds. Out of conference opponents include Texas, Utah State, ULM, and Austin Peay (FCS). Alabama faces Tennessee and Vanderbilt in cross-conference play.
Ohio State Buckeyes, +800
After winning the Rose Bowl, Ohio State returns Heisman finalist CJ Stroud and Fred Biletnikoff award favorite Jaxon Smith-Njigba. A major upgrade is coming to the defense in the form of former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowels. The sting of losing to Michigan and not claiming the Big Ten is likely a motivating factor for the Buckeyes in 2022. They have a major out-of-conference showdown with Notre Dame to open the season and handle both Iowa and Wisconsin in cross-conference play.
Clemson Tigers, +1000
Both coordinators are gone from Dabo Swinney’s staff for head coaching gigs of their own. Returning for Clemson, though, is maligned quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who looks to rebound from a challenging season. While 2021 was a major step backwards for the Tigers, they have plenty of talent and recruiting prowess to get back on track. Clemson has non-conference dates with Notre Dame, South Carolina, Louisiana Tech, and Furman (FCS).
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2023 College Football Futures: The Contenders
Oregon Ducks, +4000
Head coach Mario Cristobal bolted Eugene to coach Miami in one of the biggest coaching moves of the offseason. Oregon hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning to spearhead the program, who brought in an entirely new crew. Lanning is an excellent recruiter and creative play caller, piecing together one of the best defenses ever at Georgia. Lanning also begins his tenure with the Ducks by taking on his former team right off the bat. Auburn standout Bo Nix also transferred in to Oregon. Despite high turnover, markets are bullish on Oregon for 2022.
Texas A&M Aggies, +4000
While the prowess of the No. 1 recruiting class the Aggies just signed won’t be felt in its fullest for another year or two, Texas A&M is ready to get rolling in 2022. In comes DJ Durkin, former Maryland head coach, to spearhead the defense and LSU transfer QB Max Johnson. Several defensive pillars headed to the NFL, headlined by DeMarvin Leal, as well as a few season offensive veterans. The Aggies have a favorable out of conference schedule– Sam Houston State, Appalachian State, Miami (FL), and UMass. South Carolina and a rebuilding Florida program are the two SEC East opponents on tap for A&M.
Other Teams Worth Noting
Under new head coach Billy Napier, the Florida Gators (+4000) are poised for a major step forward this season. Standout Anthony Richardson returns after flashing superstar potential in limited action.
Oklahoma (+4000), despite losing Lincoln Riley to USC, is another team the odds favor maybe a surprising amount. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables comes in to take the reigns and he brought with him Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby.
Michigan (+4000) rounds out the contenders, but rumors surround Jim Harbaugh and his interest in the NFL. Movement with Harbaugh would seriously damage their futures odds.