2022 College Football Conference Title Odds: Ohio State and Clemson Favored, Alabama and Georgia Lead Two-Team SEC Race
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Betting on the 2022 college football season’s nothing new — title odds were released back in January, literally as Georgia celebrated under the confetti over Alabama.
But new markets are opening up, especially after this weekend’s NFL Draft. BetRivers, in particular, dropped conference title odds for the entire Power Five Tuesday.
Clemson and Ohio State were unseated last year in the ACC and Big Ten, respectively, but they’re the odds-on favorites to get back on track.
Elsewhere, we could be in for quite a treat, including wide-open races in both the Big 12 and Pac-12.
ACC Title Odds
Clemson was rotting on the couch while Pitt, which hadn’t won more than eight games in the Pat Narduzzi era, defeated Wake Forest in last season’s ACC title game.
Prior to that, Dabo Swinney and the Tigers rattled off six straight, most with relative ease: Clemson won four of the most recent ACC Championship games by 24 or more points.
However, the 2021 Tigers offense was unbearable, ranking 103rd nationally in yards per play and averaging 24.4 points per game — nearly 20 fewer than the 2020 unit.
Big 12 Title Odds
Oklahoma is always a mainstay, and Texas continues to fool everyone into believing it can contend. Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State club certainly deserved a bump after last season’s gem.
But how about Neal Brown and West Virginia? They are the fourth Big 12 team priced at 8-1 or shorter.
The Mountaineers have yet to break out under the former Troy head coach, but they’re on the upswing after landing former Georgia gunslinger J.T. Daniels out of the portal.
Big Ten Title Odds
C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba enter the season as the most lethal QB/WR duo in the entire country for Ohio State, which failed to appear in the Big Ten title game for the first time in four years last winter.
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Penn State (+700) and Michigan (+900) have the best chance at knocking the Buckeyes off track, but expect Nebraska to be a potentially popular bet in this market.
The Cornhuskers went just 3-9 last season, but should have been a 7.6-win team based on post game win probability.
Pac-12 Title Odds
The theme in college football’s wonkiest conference is new quarterbacks.
Although Cameron Rising returns for reigning Pac-12 title winner Utah, Oregon’s Bo Nix (formerly of Auburn) and USC’s Caleb Williams (formerly of Oklahoma) immediately have high expectations to meet after coming out of the transfer portal for clubs priced at +250 and +350, respectively.
Not to be outdone, Washington landed Michael Penix Jr. from Indiana, while Arizona State looks to get situated after watching Jayden Daniels depart to LSU.
SEC Title Odds
It’s a clear-cut, two-team race in SEC between Alabama and Georgia.
The pair of blue bloods played a couple must-watch games last season and should be right in the thick of things come next year: Not only are they priced in a tier of their own in the conference title odds market, they own the two shortest national championship odds on all of football.
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