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  • Alabama and Georgia are miles ahead of the pack about halfway through the season
  • The graphs below show the movement in the National Championship odds, starting the day after last year’s title game

The college football season may be short-lived, but betting on the next National Championship is open nearly all year.

This page tracks the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship odds, distilling an average from the futures at major online sports-betting sites.  

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2022 CFP National Championship Odds

Team Odds
Georgia -145
Alabama +125
Michigan N/A
Cincinnati N/A

Odds as of Jan. 3, 2021.

Odds Movement Timeline

  • Jan. 3: Georgia has opened as a -145 favorite over Alabama in the title game after stomping #3 Michigan in the semifinals, 34-11.
  • Dec. 19: Two weeks of pre-game betting have shown that bettors have more confidence in Alabama (which improved from +128 to +120) than Georgia (which faded from +128 to +135).
  • Dec. 5: With a dominant win in the SEC title game, Alabama has become a co-favorite with Georgia at +128. Michigan (+800) and Cincinnati (+1200) are widely expected to be the other two teams that qualify for the CFP this afternoon and sit third and fourth, respectively.
  • Nov. 28: Michigan’s huge win over Ohio State moved its odds from +4500 to +950. OK State’s equally huge win over Oklahoma moved the Cowboys from +4500 to +1300. Both teams likely need to win their conference-title games next weekend to reach the four-team playoff.
  • Nov. 21: The Buckeyes improved again (from +375 to +300) after a 56-7 statement win over #7 Michigan State. Oregon faded from +2750 to +20000 thanks to a 38-7 blowout loss at the hands of Utah
  • Nov. 14: Ohio State (+375) moved past Alabama (+405) into second. Georgia (-123) continued to get shorter.
  • Nov. 8: Michigan State and Wake Forest both took their first losses of the season and dropped precipitously in the odds.
  • Nov. 1: Georgia is at even money (+100) after running its record to 8-0 with a +250 point differential (31.25 average margin of victory).
  • Oct. 24: OK State faded from +5500 to +10000 after suffering its first loss of the season at Iowa State, which improved modestly from +12500 to +10500.
  • Oct. 17: Iowa tumbled from +3000 (fifth-best odds) to +7500 after a stunning 24-7 upset loss to a sub-five-hundred Purdue team at home.
  • Oct. 10: Alabama’s stunning upset loss at the hands of Texas A&M led to the Tide fading to +225. Georgia, which routed Auburn on the road, is now the +125 favorite.
  • Oct. 3: Cincinnati improved from +4500 to +3250 after handing Notre Dame its first loss of the season in South Bend. The Irish faded from +5000 to +14000.
  • Sep. 26: The gap between Alabama (+175) and Georgia (+188) is almost nil. The gap to third-favorite Ohio State (+1400) has grown to a chasm.
  • Sep. 19: A number of second-tier contenders improved again after Week 3, including Oregon (+3250 to +1800), Penn State (+4500 to +2750), Michigan (+6250 to +4500), Iowa (+7000 to +5000), and Ole Miss (+10000 to +6750).
  • Sep. 12: Oregon improved from +6500 to +3250 after upsetting Ohio State on the road in Week 3. Elsewhere in the Pac-12, USC faded from +5500 to +15000 thanks to getting routed by Stanford at home.
  • Sep. 5: Alabama improved to +208 after beating down Miami (44-13) in Week 1; Georgia stunned Clemson (10-3) and improved to +400 in the process. Clemson faded to +650.
  • Sep. 1: Texas A&M (+2925) moved in front of Iowa State (+3075) and is now the sixth-favorite.
  • Aug. 17: Early money seems to be more on Alabama than the other favorites. The Tide improved from +258 to +250 while Georgia faded from +563 to +573 and Ohio State from +606 to +613. Clemson (+408) and Oklahoma (+713) stayed the same.
  • Aug. 9: Even though Spencer Rattler’s Heisman odds are shortening in the preseason, Oklahoma’s title odds faded from +688 to +713. The rest of the top-five favorites stayed the same.
  • Aug. 3: After a summer of transfers across the nation, Alabama has shortened from +300 to +253, while second-favorite Clemson faded from +388 to +408. Georgia (+563) passed Ohio State (+606) as third-favorite. Oklahoma (+688) rounds out the top-five, as usual.
  • Jan. 25: Alabama’s odds have already shortened from +325 to +300. Two other top-five teams – Georgia and Oklahoma – saw their odds fade slightly: Georgia dropped from +750 to +775 and Oklahoma from +725 to +788.
  • Jan. 12: The day after Alabama routed Ohio State in the 2021 National Championship Game (52-24), the Tide opened as +325 favorites to repeat.

ACC Teams

With Notre Dame going back to independent status for the 2021-22 season, the ACC is once again Clemson vs the field … with the Tigers heavily favored.

Big 12 Teams

The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference to have never sent a team to the CFP National Championship.

Oklahoma has made the playoff four times, but lost in the semifinals each year. Can Iowa State crash the party this season? Cyclones fans will be taking advantage of sports betting in Iowa with Matt Campbell’s team having it’s most anticipated season in program history.

Big Ten Teams

Ohio State won the very first edition of the CFP back in 2015.

The Buckeyes lost in the semifinals in both 2017 and 2020, and the title game in 2021. Michigan State made an appearance in the CFP in 2016, but were hammered 38-0 in the semifinal by Alabama.

PAC-12 Teams

Oregon is responsible for the PAC-12’s only CFP National Championship appearance. The Ducks lost 42-20 in the very first edition.

Washington is the only team from the conference to make it back to the playoff since then.

SEC Teams

The SEC is the only conference to ever send two teams to the same playoff (which it’s done twice). Both Alabama and Georgia were a part of the 2018 CFP, and actually met in the National Championship, as well. In 2021, Alabama and Florida both qualified.

2019 champion LSU has odds of +4000, with Louisiana sports betting going live later this Fall, Tiger fans will hope the price only shortens from here during a successful season.

Group of Five Contenders

Notre Dame made the 2019 CFP but was destroyed 30-3 by Clemson in the semifinal. They were also demolished 31-14 in the 2021 semifinals by Alabama.

College Football Playoff Appearances & Records

Team # of Appearances CFP Record # of Titles
Alabama 6 8-3 3
Clemson 6 6-4 2
Oklahoma 4 0-4 0
Ohio State 4 3-3 1
Notre Dame 2 0-2 0
Georgia 1 1-1 0
Oregon 1 1-1 0
Florida 1 0-1 0
Florida State 1 0-1 0
LSU 1 2-0 1
Michigan State 1 0-1 0
Washington 1 0-1 0

Table updated through 2021 CFP.

There are only six teams who have won a game in the College Football Playoffs, and both Alabama and Clemson have more CFP wins than the others combined. These two schools have simply dominated the CFP era.

No Independent or team from a Group 5 Conference has ever won a national championship in this time.

National Championships by Coach

Coach (Current Team) Number of National Titles
Nick Saban (Alabama) 7
Urban Meyer (Retired) 3
Dabo Swinney (Clemson) 2
Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M) 1
Les Miles (Kansas) 1
Mack Brown (North Carolina) 1
Ed Orgeron (LSU) 1

There are only seven “active” coaches with national championship rings locked away (if we count recently retired Urban Meyer). Alabama head coach Nick Saban has twice as many as any other active coach.

Archived NCAAF CFP National Championship Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019