NCAAF Odds: A Way Too Early Look at the 5 Biggest Games of 2024

Barely a month has passed since Michigan was crowned National Champions, but the college football world waits on nobody. Odds for next year's marquee games are now posted and there is no shortage of storylines surrounding them.

Jan 29, 2024 • 15:25 ET • 4 min read
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It's not yet been a month since the Michigan Wolverines lifted the National Championship trophy on the turf at NRG Stadium in Houston. In a perfect world, the Wolverines celebration would last forever, but college football is a cruel business. 

Their head coach, Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL, and the roster should see some major turnover heading into 2024. This seems to be a common theme among college football's elites. 

Alabama fans fought back tears at Nick Saban's retirement before taking a 'yay or nay' approach to their new hire — Kalon DeBoer — who comes to Tuscaloosa by way of Washington. 

The Huskies — who were fighting for a National Championship — not only lost their coach but also their record-setting quarterback and Heisman Trophy odds finalist Michael Penix Jr.  

The college football landscape will indeed be much changed, but the show must go on. Join me as I break down the college football odds for the Top 5 games for next season. 

Top 5 college football games for 2024

Texas vs Michigan (September 7)

Teams Spread
TexasTexas -4 (-115)
Michigan Michigan +4 (-105)

Whether you're a 'Horns Up or Horns Down" kind of person, there's no denying Texas appears to be back. 

After making the College Football Playoffs for the first time, the loss to Washington can prove as a stepping stone to greater things this season. The Longhorns have the firepower offensively to put up boatloads of points, and if the defense can play average, Texas should have no issues winning football games. 

This early test against Michigan will be an important one as Michigan breaks in a new familiar coach in Sherrone Moore and features a roster with plenty of turnover. 

Either way, this is an early litmus test both teams must face.  

Georgia vs Alabama (September 28)

Teams Spread
Georgia Georgia -4.5 (-110)
Alabama Alabama +4.5 (-110)

While we are used to seeing Georgia and Alabama playing for the SEC Title — or National Championship — two of football's elite tangle in an early season battle that will have SEC Title ramifications. 

Both teams enter the year with question marks surrounding the program, but for Alabama, replacing Nick Saban may be easier said than done. Kelen DeBoer does come with a good track record and Jalen Milroe is under center, but I'm expecting some growing pains in Tuscaloosa this season. 

As for Georgia, it'll have to replace Brock Bower's production, but as is often the case, elite programs don't rebuild, they simply reload. 

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Alabama vs LSU (November 9)

Teams Spread
Alabama Alabama +2.5 (-110)
LSU LSU -2.5 (-110)

This series has been dominated by the Crimson Tide over the last 13 years. In fact, Alabama has won 11 of those 13 meetings including last year's 42-28 win in Tuscaloosa, which was a big win to get it into the CFP discussion. 

Fast forward to this year, LSU has been tabbed as an early favorite but will have to make do without its Heisman-winning QB, who is NFL-bound. 

This game is late enough in the season that we should know what both teams are heading into crunch time. 

Ohio State vs Oregon (October 12)

Teams Spread
Ohio State Ohio State  +1.5 (-115)
Oregon Oregon -1.5 (-105)

The Ohio State Buckeyes missed out on the CFP for the second time in three seasons, so you know they're going to be chomping at the bit to get back in the mix. Luckily for them, the playoff is expanding to 12 teams, and a date against Oregon seems easier without Bo Nix involved. 

I don't want to discredit the Ducks, as they should be as high-flying as usual, but Ohio State just feels like the better team — at least on paper. 

Michigan vs Ohio State (November 30)

Teams Spread
Michigan Michigan +6.5 (+105)
Ohio State Ohio State -6.5 (-125)

Ryan Day is 1-3 against Michigan, and if Day wants to keep his title of Buckeyes head coach, he'll need to beat the Wolverines this year at a time when they appear vulnerable. 

OSU will be loaded on both sides of the football and should have smooth sailing for much of the regular season.  Come time for 'The Game,' records go out the window and talent takes a back seat to the desire to win. 

If not this season for Day, another time may not come. 

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