There are a large number of college football portals that publish early rankings. Most of the early Top-25 for the 2018-19 campaign have the usual suspects highly ranked. Following Alabama’s 26–23 victory over Georgia the Vegas and Offshore sportsbooks posted futures for the upcoming season. The Las Vegas SuperBook has checked in with their… Updated Early Odds to Win 2019 College Football Championship (Feb 27).
Nearly every early Top 25 college football poll for the upcoming 2018 season have the Tide in the No. 1 slot.
Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1 record in 2017-18)
2019 Championship Odds (7-4)
The Crimson Tide are the most likely to top the preseason college football polls. After their overtime victory choreographed by backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa the speculation is that Tagovailoa will replace last season’s primary starter Jalen Hurts this upcoming season. Like last offseason ‘Bama will lose their share of talent to the National Football League but the core group that was the strength of the 2018 champions, the defense, returns the best talent and depth in the country. Note defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left Nick Saban’s staff to become the coach at Tennessee.
Clemson Tigers (12-2 record in 2017-18)
2019 Championship Odds (5-1)
The Tigers aim to earn a bid in their fourth consecutive College Football Playoff bracket. The offense returns the core of last year’s starters and should be dangerous in a loaded ACC conference. QB Kelly Bryant and RB’s Tavien Foster and Travis Etienne form an explosive unit. Wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, as well, offensive guard Taylor Hearn all depart early for the NFL. The defense is the question mark. The Tigers lose a large number of senior stalwarts.
Georgia Bulldogs (13-2 record in 2017-18)
2019 Championship Odds (7-1)
The Bulldogs lose offensive bell-cow’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. QB Jake Fromm returns but the ‘Dogs’ defense is expected to lose a large share of their top talent to the NFL.
Ohio State (12-2 record in 2017-18)
2019 Championship Odds (8-1)
QB J.T. Barrett is gone as are many other key players for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will depend on running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber but are expected to be directed by a first-year signal-caller in Dwayne Haskins. The defense will be anchored by All-American Nick Bosa.
Miami Hurricanes (10-3 record in 2017-18)
2019 Championship Odds (40-1)
Miami is in good hands with head coach Mark Richt. QB Malik Rosier is back and the team returns defensive back standout Jaquan Johnson. The stop-unit also will have returnees Shaquille Quarterman and Michael Pinckney. The opening odds for the ‘Canes in January were 25-1 at WestGate of Las Vegas but their latest updates shows them dropping to 40-1.
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CBS Sportsline published a recent report that stated “Matt Zenitz of AL.com, former Tennessee coach Butch Jones is in talks with Alabama to join the staff as an offensive analyst in an off-the-field role. Zenitz reports that Jones and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban have met in person and the former Volunteers head man has been in Tuscaloosa recently.”
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Updated Early Odds to Win 2019 College Football Championship (Feb 27)