We still have a few months before football returns. But already football college the odds for the 2022 season are starting to add up. Here’s a look at the top favorites to win every Power Five conference. Are there any dormant teams that could make reasonable bets early in the offseason?
Only May, but that doesn’t stop bettors from taking a look at the early odds of student football on Season 2022. There are still a few moving parts on the college football landscape, and many starting lineups still need a settlement. But looking at the early lineup of each Power Five team, the Americans presented their first student football odds for each conference.
Alabama and Georgia have started fighting for the SEC again
The teams that have met in the SEC Championship and the National College Football Playoff Championship are expected to be the best teams to return to the SEC in 2022. Alabama is a small favorite over Georgia early with a +100 odds, while Georgia is on the +125 list.
Looking at these two teams side by side, Alabama has a clear leg. Not only does Bryce Young give Crimson Tide an advantage in attacks, but Alabama also chooses Jermaine Burton from the ranks of the Bulldogs. In defense Crimson Tide regained a lot of talent and also captured Eli Ricks from LSU. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs lost eight members of their historic defense in the NFL draft, and also lost to George Pickens, James Cook and two linemen.
Georgia is still an extremely talented team, but in a year that could be more rebooting for them, Alabama should be the favorite. There is a gap between them and the next best SEC teams, but a few potentially valuable games could be Texas A&M at +1100, and Kentucky and Tennessee at +4000.
Clemson planned to return to fame at the ACC
The Clemson Tigers dominated the ACC when Trevor Lawrence was in the center. In the first season after his ascent to the NFL, Dabo Sweeney’s team battled DJ Wagaleley at the helm. Now Ugalelei can’t even become a starting QB with a highly touted rookie Cade strawberries right on the tail.
Outside of QB crime in general has uncertainty. It remains to be seen who will be the main playmaker on the wide receiver and whether they will share the chemistry with their QB. But the offensive line is strong, and in defense Clemson may have a dominant unit. Miles Murphy, Brian Breeze and Trenton Simpson – they all act as pests. Meanwhile, Tyler Davis, Andrew Mukuba and Sheridan Jones bring a big plus.
However, in the list of Clemson as the best ACC team at -145 it is not just about them. Current Pittsburgh Panthers champion is losing a significant amount of talent, including Kenny Pickett in the NFL Draft and Jordan Addison on the transfer portal.
However, there are other ACC teams that should be attributed to berths. Miami may surprise at +500 with Tyler Van Dyke and Mario Cristobal. And NC State is a quiet very talented team at +1000, with a solid QB in Devin Leary.
Ohio is the favorite to win the Big Ten
According to initial student football odds, Ohio is the most one-sided favorite of conferences on the early lists. The parties are sitting on top of the Big Ten with a factor of -200. The next next contender is Wisconsin with +1000, then Michigan with +1100 and then Penn State with +1200.
There is a reason why Ohio is so highly valued. CJ Stroud returns as the best defender in the conference with a safe margin and one of the best QB in the league. Weapons such as TreVeyon Henderson, Mian Williams, Jackson Smith-Njigba, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emek Egbuk are being transferred from an exceptional state to an elite one. The defense has its questions, but the secondary team led by Denzel Burke, Cameron Brown and Ronnie Hickman has undeniable potential.
Ohio’s status as a favorite is fully justified. The Buckeyes offense was almost impossible to stop, but the Big Ten team with good defense and firepower to keep things close could have a chance at battle.
Michigan stands out as a potential game, especially if J. J. McCarthy takes the helm. Behind the top few teams aren’t many sleeping places to bet on. But Purdue may be a team to watch, with capable QB and talent on both sides of the ball.
The Big 12 is a controversial battlefield in the first predictions
Several conferences are more unpredictable this season than the Big 12 conference. In the first odds of university football, Oklahoma leads by +170. However, Texas is hot on the heels of Brent Venables at +200. In addition, Oklahoma and Baylor are also relatively close, +500 and +750 respectively.
Just on paper taking Longhorns at +200 is an enticing move. Oklahoma feels more established at the top of the conference, and they have a talent that comes back. But there is still a change of worth when Venables and defender Dylan Gabriel lead after the departure of Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams.
Meanwhile, Texas has Queen Evers, Bijan Robinson, Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whitington, Agie Hall, Isaiah Neyer and Jahlil Billingsley in a crime led by Steve Sargsyan. However, it’s hard to say that Texas is back after years of promises and disappointments, but this attack is loaded, and the defense quietly has talent, especially at the forefront.
Aside from the first two, Baylor can be a viable sleeper. The Bears are returning a lot of talent to the trenches on both sides of the ball, and sophomore from the red shirt Blake Shapen can provide stability on the QB. Texas Tech can also be a deep sleep to watch at +4000, with Donavan Smith, Saradaric Thompson and Miles Price leading the attacks under Joey McGuire.
USC will benefit from the Lincoln Riley effect by 2022
Lincoln Riley has yet to coach the game for the USC, but he already has Trojans named small favorites in the Pac-12. USC is the best Pac-12 team, with a football odds of +200 before the new year. However, even with the early rush, they are not indisputable. Oregon lags behind +210. Utah is also in the conversation at +500, and Arizona and UCLA at +850.
In a way, it’s amazing to see USC and Oregon on top, as both have new coaches. But Riley is considered one of the best coaches in college football, while Dan Lanning, the defense inspirer who created Georgia’s dominance in 2021, has a ton of talent to work for Eugene. The question will be whether Oregon will be able to keep up with Caleb Williams and Trojans in the attack.
Much depends on the growth of Auburn Bo Knicks ’transfer to QB. He has a natural ability to be a high-level promoter, but in recent years he has been plagued by inconsistencies. With such uncertainty surrounding the top teams in the Pac-12, Utah at +500 could be a great opportunity to buy.
Youtes Kyle Whittingham won the conference last season and they are returning enough talent to stay in the fight. Cameron Rising has been respectable in QB, and the offensive line should give him a lot of security. The defense is even more attractive. Talents such as Florida are passed on to Mohammad Diabat, Clark Phillips III and Cole Bishop. Whittingham coaches the winners, so it never needs to be calculated.