- No. 1 Georgia +180 to go undefeated and win the national title
- The Bulldogs are -110 to win the national championship
- Alabama (+200), Ohio State (+300) are the second and third choices
With the first set of College Football Playoff Rankings being released on November 2nd, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering a specialty prop on the likely #1 seed Georgia Bulldogs.
Kirby Smart’s team is listed at +180 to both go undefeated and win the national championship, with -240 odds if you want to bet on the Bulldogs to pick up a loss along the way.
The Bulldogs (8-0) are the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 and coaches’ poll. The 13-member CFP committee will issue its first ratings Tuesday night.
Odds on Georgia to Go Undefeated and Win National Championship
All odds from FanDuel on Nov. 2nd
In the traditional market, Georgia are the odds-on favorite at -110 to win the national title. Georgia has five games remaining, including the SEC title game. The Bulldogs are one of four Power Five unbeatens, along with Oklahoma, Michigan State and Wake Forest.
2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Odds
|Alabama Crimson Tide||+300|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||+400|
Georgia’s Road Ahead
SEC East winner Georgia already has blown through the most difficult part of its regular-season schedule while clinching a berth in the league championship game, which makes it a heavy favorite to make the CFP Final Four and have at least a shot at the national title.
The Bulldogs should remain undefeated through the final four games of the regular season. They finish with home games against Missouri and Charleston Southern and road games against Tennessee and Georgia Tech, and they will be double-digit favorites in all.
If recent history is a gauge, Georgia will not be challenged. The Bulldogs have won their last seven against Missouri, their last four against Tennessee and their last three three against the rival Yellow Jackets, those by an aggregate 135-35. Charleston Southern scheduled the game for a $500,000 guarantee.
Defense Putting the D in Bulldogs
Georgia has built its success around a defense led by 6’6, 340-pound defensive tackle Jordan Davis, The Bulldogs have held opponents to 6.6 points per game – fewer than half of what No. 2 team Cincinnati has permitted. They have three defensive scores, all interceptions returns.
Kentucky is the only team to score two touchdowns against the Bulldogs, and the Wildcats did that by scoring their second with four seconds remaining in a 30-13 loss. The Bulldogs gave up only 19 points in four games against AP Top 25 teams, and they outscored No. 8 Arkansas, No. 18 Auburn, No. 11 Kentucky and rival Florida 135-30 in the last four weeks.
That said, the Bulldogs did not play SEC West Alabama and Ole Miss, the two most prolific offenses in the league.
Based on precedent, Georgia is in better shape than most of the other contenders to make the CFP playoff even if it stumbles in the SEC title game – one-loss SEC West teams Alabama and Auburn are the likely foe – because of the league’s proven strength.
The winner of the SEC championship game has been the No. 1 seed in five of the seven seasons of the current playoff system, and an undefeated SEC team has been the No. 1 seed four times (Alabama three, LSU one.) The higher the seed, the relatively easier the semifinal matchup.
Moreover, the SEC also is the only league to place two teams in the Final Four, when one-loss Alabama and one-loss Georgia were included in 2017. Georgia beat Auburn 28-17 in the SEC title game that year, and Alabama – which lost to Auburn the week before – was picked for the playoff over one-loss Wisconsin and two-loss Ohio State and USC.
Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the title that year.
What’s Up With JT Daniels?
Game 1 starter JT Daniels suffered early-season oblique and lat muscle injuries that have kept him out of the last four games, during which 2020 starter Stetson Bennett has filled in. Bennett is more mobile than Daniels, but he was only 10 of 19 for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against Florida.
Georgia is averaging 37.9 points a game and is 51st in the FBS total offense at 421 yards per game. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Monday, explosive plays are the No. 1 trait of teams that win big games.
The winning point total in the seven CFP title games is 42, 45, 35, 26, 44, 42, 52. No matter how proficient the Georgia defense is, it remains to be seen if the Bulldogs could generate enough points to beat a high-powered offense in two, possibly, three straight games.
How to Bet Georgia Going Forward
Georgia does not have to go undefeated to win the national championship, although a loss in the SEC title game would create some hurdles, especially if Alabama is not involved. If one-loss Alabama beats Georgia, both teams could make the CFP field. If Auburn wins the SEC title game, however, things get muddy.
If the Bulldogs lose the SEC title game, they could be left out entirely, because Oklahoma and Michigan State or Wake Forest could win out to claim the other three spots. No undefeated Power Five team has been left out of the field. If Ohio State gets through Michigan and beats Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, the CFP committee could be left with a choice of one-loss Ohio State and one-loss Georgia.
The play: Take the +180 prop bet on Georgia to go undefeated and win the national title, with a sprinkle on Alabama or Auburn in the SEC title game to cover your bases