FanDuel Sportsbook Opening 2023-24 College Football Championship Odds

Written By Brett Gibbons on January 10, 2023
College Football Championship odds

Red and black confetti may still be raining down in Los Angeles, but FanDuel Sportsbook already posted college football championship odds for next season. Repeat champion Georgia (+300) leads the way to three-peat while Ohio State (+700), Alabama (+700), and Michigan (+800) follow. With so much yet to change via the transfer portal and coaching vacancies, what do oddsmakers expect from these teams in 2023-24?

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Early 2024 College Football Championship Odds

Odds accurate as of Jan. 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Georgia
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+300
Ohio State
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+700
Alabama
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+700
Michigan
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+800
USC
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+1200
Clemson
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+1600
Texas
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+1800
Tennessee
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+2000
Florida State
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+2000
LSU
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+2000
Penn State
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+2000
Oregon
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+2500
Notre Dame
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+3000
Washington
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+4000
Oklahoma
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+4000
TCU
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+5000
Utah
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+5000
North Carolina
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+8000
Texas A&M
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+8000
Ole Miss
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+8000

College Football Championship Odds: The Top Four

With blue-blood programs like Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan, reloading rosters isn’t ever too difficult. Three of those teams are losing their Heisman-finalist or -winning quarterback, with Michigan being the exception. JJ McCarthy returns to Ann Arbor for 2023. But Ohio State rises five-star Kyle McCord, who links up with his high school teammate Marvin Harrison Jr. Alabama has five-star Ty Simpson in waiting to battle it out with Jalen Milroe.

Alabama inked the top class in the nation this year, nearly breaking Texas A&M’s class grade record per 247Sports. With a few bluechip recruits left on the board for February, the record is still there for the breaking.

We’ll have to wait and see what players do and don’t leave for the NFL. At top programs like these, big name transfers are rarely a worry.

The single biggest wrench that could be thrown into this group: reports of NFL interest from Jim Harbaugh. He’s been linked to the Colts by Jay Glazer and multiple other teams including Carolina.

Contenders Returning Quarterbacks

Of the top 20 teams or so, quite a few return starting quarterbacks in 2024. USC returns Heisman winner Caleb Williams while Clemson returns young five-star Cade Klubnik, who assumed starting duties for the Orange Bowl. DJ Uiagalelei transferred to Oregon State.

Texas returned Quinn Ewers, though he’ll be locked in a camp battle with Arch Manning if Ewers doesn’t transfer. LSU (+2000) returns Jayden Daniels, Florida State returns Jordan Travis, and Oregon returns Bo Nix. Travis and Nix showed by far the biggest improvement in 2022, making both the Noles and Ducks extremely interesting programs heading into the offseason. Notably, Florida State also returns top receiver Johnny Wilson and star pass rusher Jared Verse.

Washington and North Carolina return two QBs likely to debut high on the Heisman odds board: Michael Penix Jr. and Drake Maye.

There’s others like Dillon Gabriel and Oklahoma, but returning a prolific quarterback can be directly attributed to expected success.

Contenders Who Added Quarterbacks

The transfer portal in its second full year of free agency status saw some wild names go through. Most notably, Sam Hartman, who transferred from Wake Forest to Notre Dame. The Irish opened at +3000 in early college football championship odds. Kentucky landed Devin Leary from NC State and possibly their old offensive coordinator Liam Cohen, who led the team to new heights in 2021 before leaving for the NFL.

Both Tennessee and UCLA (just outside the top 20) added bluechip quarterback recruits, Nicholaus Iamaleava and Dante Moore, respectively. Both players have a shot, if not the inside track, to starting Day 1 as true freshmen.

There’s still nearly a dozen starting QBs from last year in the transfer portal. With possible vacancies at TCU, Texas A&M, and others, these odds could be on the move.

Early College Football Championship Odds: What Can Change?

The deadline to declare for the NFL Draft is Jan. 16 and for the transfer portal, Jan. 18. After then, we’ll have a sense of where all the big names landed and if any late bombshell players made an impact (see: Jordan Addison 2022). 2023 National Signing Day is on Feb. 1 and after that, rosters will be more or less set.

There’s still major coordinator vacancies and a possible huge head coaching vacancy on the table. Ohio State and Cincinnati have yet to hire an offensive coordinator while Iowa State and Wisconsin have openings at defensive coordinator. And, for Michigan Wolverines, the Harbaugh rumors hang heavy over Ann Arbor.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly releases periodic reports of returning production– an extremely valuable tool to help with preseason handicapping. And, thinking far down the road, when camp opens, we’ll get a sense of starting QBs, rising stars, and injuries.

A lot will change between Jan. 10–Aug. 26. Keep in touch with TheLines coverage of college football in preparation for the 2023-24 College Football Season.


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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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