The defending national champs will have to replace a bit on defense to retain its championship quality. But if they can in addition to a likely upgrade at quarterback, these Dawgs are plenty likely to be back on top.
Ohio State +600
The Buckeyes might have the second-best returning quarterback in CJ Stroud. Although they replace much of their receiving corps, what they bring back showed in the Rose Bowl they can power this offense plenty well in addition to dynamic running back TreVeyon Henderson. New defensive coordinator Jim Knowles will try to re-tool a unit that will need to get better to get the Buckeyes where they want to be.
A step back for the Tigers in 2021 in addition to changing both coordinators (internal promotions). Will continuity keep the Tigers at the top of college football?
Without both dominant edge rushers, Michigan’s defense looks a lot less fearsome. But the offense is intriguing with weapons returning.
New head coach, possibly a new QB and an underwhelming 2021. OU should be hungry, but it’s tough to tell what they’ll actually become next season.
Texas A&M +3500
The Aggies beat Bama last season, but can they take the next step in 2022?
New vibes and new excitement are all over the place in L.A.. Lincoln Riley’s pushing all the right buttons so far, but when will that translate onto the field?
A national title for Florida would definitely be ahead of schedule. The Gators are rebuilding.
New coach Dan Lanning and new quarterback Bo Nix send the Ducks into an unexpected New Era. No team has made the Playoff with two losses, so Oregon will likely have to go 10-1 after Week 1’s opener against … Georgia.
With outstanding Bijan Robinson at running back, Texas should be exciting on offense. But will the defense be anything this year?
Worth a flier?
Notre Dame +6600
Penn State +8000
Wake Forest +8000
Just don’t (+10,000 and up)
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