While odds to win the 2023 College Football Playoff have been out since the end of last season, DraftKings has also released odds for teams to make an appearance in the four-team event.
Alabama might be the +175 ‘chalk’ to win the championship this season, but it does not have the shortest odds to make the CFP. That distinction belongs to Ohio State, which is lined at -255/+205 to be included in the field at the end of the season.
The Buckeyes are coming off a 10-2 season that finished with a Rose Bowl win over Utah, as they ultimately missed the CFP. They have great odds to return to the big stage in 2023 after losing to Alabama in the CFP title game in 2021.
Their odds to make the playoff are better than Alabama’s due to the strength of the Big Ten vs. the SEC. Ohio State is a heavy -215 favorite to win its conference, with Michigan (+600) being the only other team priced inside of 10-1. Quarterback CJ Stroud has also become the +225 ‘chalk’ to win the Heisman Trophy, so there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Buckeyes heading into the season.
Alabama is only priced at -145 to win the SEC, which is why its odds to make the CFP (-240) are slightly lower than Ohio State’s. The Crimson Tide are -600 to win the SEC West, though, and they have played in six of the eight national championship games since the end of the BCS era.
Quarterback Bryce Young has the second-shortest Heisman odds at +350 and is in the discussion to be the top draft pick next year. DraftKings is also offering a head-to-head prop for Alabama and Ohio State as far as regular season win totals are concerned, giving the Buckeyes the slight edge at -125. The Crimson Tide have a win total of 10.5, with the ‘over’ juiced to -280, while Ohio State’s is at 10.5 (‘over’ at -250).
Alabama and Ohio State are the two teams that are heavy favorites to make the 2023 CFP, leaving some room for discussion regarding the other two teams that could be in the field. Georgia is priced as a -110/-120 pick ’em to make the field after winning its first championship in 41 years last season.
The Bulldogs lost some players in the transfer portal, but oddsmakers expect them to be in the conversation again this winter. Clemson, which has appeared in four title games in the last decade, has the fourth-shortest odds to make the CFP at +155.
The Tigers showed some flaws last year, but they still hold the edge over the next tier of teams that will be trying to break through this season. USC is listed at +400 in its first season under head coach Lincoln Riley, while Oklahoma and Michigan are both +450. Utah also has a shot to make the field at +500.
Oddsmakers will be updating the prices for teams to make the CFP on a weekly basis throughout the season, so stay tuned to MajorWager for updated odds.