DraftKings has ‘Bama as the 2022-23 CFP ‘chalk’

Will Anderson is one reason why Alabama is listed as the 'chalk' to win next season's CFP at DraftKings.

According to its odds to win next season’s College Football Playoff, DraftKings is expecting a rematch in the CFP finals between Georgia and Alabama.

The Crimson Tide is the +225 favorite to win next year’s CFP, while UGA has the next-shortest odds at +275. Ohio St. has +550 odds and Clemson is at +1200 (or 12/1).

Other candidates include Texas A&M (22/1), Oklahoma (28/1), USC (30/1), Michigan (30/1), Wisconsin (35/1), Notre Dame (35/1), Utah (40/1), Oregon (40/1), Oklahoma St. (40/1), Baylor (50/1), Penn St. (60/1), Michigan St. (60/1), Miami (60/1), LSU (60/1), Texas (80/1), Ole Miss (80/1) and Florida (80/1).

Nick Saban’s team has already added a pair of elite players from out of the transfer portal. Eli Ricks, a former five-star recruit, had four interceptions and two pick-sixes as a true freshman for LSU in 2020. He had one interception in 2021.

The Tide has also added ex-Georgia Tech RB Jahmyr Gibbs, who had 746 rushing yards, four TDs and a 5.2 yards-per-carry average this past season. Gibbs also had 36 catches for 470 yards and two TDs.

Most important, Heisman-winning QB Bryce Young and All-American LB Will Anderson will be back.

Georgia is losing a lot of talent from its defense, especially up front, but most of the key players on offense will be back.

Ohio St. HC Ryan Day is making a bunch of changes to his staff, and the Buckeyes are losing the four All-Americans that opted out of the Rose Bowl. Day has already hired ex-Oklahoma St. DC Jim Knowles, and he’s bringing talented CB Tanner McCalister with him from Stillwater.

CJ Stroud is a serious threat to unseat Young as the next Heisman winner. He has great chemistry with WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who had 15 catches for 347 yards and three TDs in the Buckeyes’ 48-45 win over Utah in Pasadena.

Clemson’s odds are mostly an indicator of its path to the CFP being much easier than that of any other elite Power Five programs. The Tigers are bringing back nearly all of its offense, but that’s not necessarily a positive.

Texas A&M currently has six five-star players in its incoming recruiting class. Former LSU QB Max Johnson will battle with Haynes King for the starting QB job.

If you’re looking for a sleeper, BYU (100/1) could bring back 21 of 24 starters if nobody turns pro or transfers. The Cougars certainly have a strong enough schedule to be considered if they’re able to go undefeated.

Quality opponents like Baylor, Utah St. and Arkansas will visit LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, while BYU has road games at Oregon, at Boise St. and at Stanford. The Cougars will also face Notre Dame at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

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