2019 College Football Playoff National Championship: Best Odds for the Upcoming FBS Season

The new college football season is less than a week away and to nobody's surprise Alabama and Clemson are the bookmakers' favorites to win the national title this season.

The two programs have shared the last four titles between them, with Clemson beating Alabama 44-16 in January in the College Football Playoffs to secure a second title in three years.

According to Oddschecker, the Tigers are 9/5 favorite (+180 in moneyline terms) to defend their crown, while odds on the Crimson Tide are just marginally longer at 11/5.

Last season Clemson became the only team in the history of the playoffs era to go 15-0 and has retained the core of its championship team. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has had a full offseason and is expected to be starting under center, with Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross just some of the options at his disposal.

The Tigers' defense has lost some pivotal figures but defensive coordinator Brent Venables can still count on some key players, such as Isaiah Simmons.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson Tigers
Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers, celebrates with his team after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff National Championship held at Levi's Stadium on January 7 in Santa Clara, California. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16. Jamie Schwaberow/Getty

Alabama, meanwhile, recruited some of the best talent available this summer. At the time of writing, the Crimson Tide had secured 28 commitments, 27 of which are rated as four or five stars.

To put things into context, 12 of the top 100-ranked recruits on the 247 Sports Composite rankings have committed to Alabama, while the Pac 12 as a whole has 11.

Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy will again run the offense for the Crimson Tide. Nick Saban has made significant changes to his coaching staff this summer and it would be a major surprise not to see his team involved at the business end of the season.

Behind Clemson and Alabama, Georgia is the third favorite at 17/2. The Bulldogs lost the College Playoff Game against the Crimson Tide in 2018 and fell against the same opponent in the SEC Championship last season.

Ranked third in both USA Today Coaches Poll and ESPN's Football Power Index, Georgia is very much the third force of college football.

Jake Fromm is yet to lose a home game and returns to lead the Bulldogs offense this season, albeit working with a new coordinator after Jim Chaney moved to the University of Tennessee.

Ohio State and Oklahoma are next in line for the title, although they are 12/1 and 16/1 outsiders respectively. The Buckeyes begin a new era, with Ryan Day replacing Urban Meyer as head coach and a host of staff changes.

Ohio State went 13-1 last season and won the Cotton Bowl but it's only ranked 13th by ESPN, seven spots lower than Oklahoma. The Sooners have made the College Football Playoff twice in the last two seasons, losing in the semifinals to Georgia in 2018 and to Alabama this year.

Jalen Hurts swapped Alabama for Oklahoma and will be under pressure to follow the footsteps set by Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, while new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is expected to shore up the Sooners' defense after joining from Ohio State.

Having led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoffs in the last two years, head coach Lincoln Riley will be desperate to go a step further this season.

College Football Playoff odds

  • 9/5—Clemson Tigers
  • 11/5—Alabama Crimson Tide
  • 17/2—Georgia Bulldogs
  • 12/1—Ohio State Buckeyes
  • 16/1—Oklahoma Sooners
  • 22/1—Michigan Wolverines
  • 30/1—Texas Longhorns
  • 35/1—Florida Gators
  • 40/1—Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • 50/1—Washington Huskies, LSU Tigers