A college football betting season ravaged by COVID-19 finally saw its completion, with Alabama crowned as the National Champion after thumping Ohio State. While it was a tumultuous season, there's little time to reflect on it as we already have odds to win the 2022 National Championship on the board.
While these early college football odds are guaranteed to change over the offseason with transfers, NFL draft declarations and injuries, we're still going to look at who had the best odds to when the CFP Playoffs.
With the 2021 season now behind us, let's take a closer look at the college football national championship odds for the 2022 title.
Favorite to win the college football National Championship
Surprise, surprise, Alabama (+300) is the betting favorite to win the title again! After an absolutely dominant season, the Crimson Tide are expected to lose as many as five players – including QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, and WRs Jaylen Waddle and Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith — in the first round of the NFL draft alone. They're also losing offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, but coach Nick Saban just keeps this team rolling, as the nation's best recruiter has dual-threat QB Bryce Young, RBs Brian Robinson Jr. and Jase McClellan, plus John Metchie III ready to step into the spotlight to continue Alabama's dominance.
The Clemson Tigers were stunned in the CFP semifinals and will say goodbye to megastar quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but the ACC powerhouse is second on the odds board (+350) due to another star QB waiting in the wings. D.J. Uiagalelei was one of the most sought-after high school recruits last year and made two appearances as a freshman, filling in for Lawrence against Boston College and Notre Dame—and setting the record for most passing yards ever recorded against the Fighting Irish. Dabo Swinney's team looks to still be in quite capable hands.
Third on the odds board sit the Ohio State Buckeyes (+400), who are also losing their key skill players in QB Justin Fields, plus WR Chris Olave and RB Trey Sermon. But not to worry: the Buckeyes have a number of impressive young quarterbacks ready to step up to replace Fields, although the defense could be in trouble depending on how many starters return for another season.
Rounding out the early Top 5 National Championship favorites are the Oklahoma Sooners (+800) with early Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler, as well the annual SEC powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs at +1,000.
2021 college football National Championship odds
|School||Odds to win National Championship (as of February 18)|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||+300|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+400|
|Iowa State Cyclones||+3,300|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+3,300|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||+4,000|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||+4,000|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||+5,000|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+5,000|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||+15,000|
|Ole Miss Rebels||+15,000|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||+20,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Understanding college football futures odds
Sportsbooks release college football futures odds pretty much as soon the clock hits zero in the previous season's national championship game. There are many ways to wager on NCAA football futures but picking the outright winner of the national championship is definitely the most popular. During the offseason and preseason, you'll be able to get a plus-money price on basically any team in the nation as there is so much uncertainty around what will happen next year.
NCAA football championship odds will usually look like this:
- Alabama Crimson Tide +300
This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to win $300 if the Crimson Tide win the national title. If it's close to the end of the regular season and there is a particularly dominant program, you might see that a team is has a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.
- Ohio State Buckeyes -150
This means that if you bet on Ohio State during the college football season you would have needed to bet $150 to profit $100 if the Buckeyes won the championship.
Of course, futures odds are a fluid market. They can change every day based on news, injuries, suspensions, transfers, etc. In college football there generally isn't too much movement in the futures market during the offseason, but once the season begins, look for huge changes week-to-week based on wins and losses.
All the odds seen above are in American format. Should you find decimal format or fractional format easier to read, simply convert the odds using our simple odds converter tool.
Where can I bet on college football futures?
College football is one of the most popular betting sports in North America, so you'll find NCAA futures at pretty much any sportsbook in the world. However, when choosing an online sportsbook, it's important to choose one that can be trusted, so check out our list of the top online sportsbooks in your region. You'll also want to shop around a bit before placing a futures bet. It's not uncommon to find odds that could profit you a few extra dollars (or hundreds of dollars, depending on your wager size) when comparing futures odds.