NCAA football betting: Georgia now even bigger favorite to win national championship

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Georgia is distancing itself from the rest of the pack.

Following a 43-6 victory over Missouri on Saturday, the top-ranked Bulldogs are one of just four undefeated teams remaining at the FBS level. The No. 1 team in every national ranking, Georgia’s status as the betting favorite for the national championship is at an all-time high.

The Bulldogs are now -110 favorites to win the title at BetMGM, well ahead of Alabama at +350 and Ohio State at +400. Georgia hasn’t won the national championship since 1980.

Last week, Georgia was listed at +120 with Alabama not far behind at +250. But the Crimson Tide struggled mightily on Saturday night, beating LSU just 20-14 when they were 28.5-point favorites.

Over the course of the season, Alabama has been the most popular national title bet at BetMGM. The Crimson Tide have received 23.4% of the bets and 29.1% of the money. Alabama lost a game earlier this season to Texas A&M but still has a clear path to the SEC West title. That would set up a matchup with Georgia, the SEC East champion, in the SEC championship game. If Alabama wins that game (and doesn’t lose another regular season game), it would almost certainly earn a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff.

Ohio State, listed at +600 last week, also played a close game on Saturday, edging Nebraska 26-17 when it was a 15-point favorite. The Buckeyes lost a non-conference game to Oregon in Week 2 but have since rattled off seven straight victories, including six in Big Ten play. OSU still has Michigan State and Michigan remaining on the schedule, so the Big Ten East remains very much up for grabs.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) is shown in action against Missouri in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Athens, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) is shown in action against Missouri in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Athens, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Michigan State, Cincinnati lagging behind

Behind Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State is Oklahoma at +1600. The Sooners, coming off a bye week, are 9-0 but were ranked No. 8 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. OU closes out the regular season with three quality conference opponents — Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State — and will move up in the rankings as long as it keeps winning.

Next is Oregon at +2500. The Ducks were ranked No. 4 in the CFP rankings thanks to that win over Ohio State. Oregon has a loss to Stanford so it cannot afford another loss if it wants to reach the College Football Playoff. The Ducks have Washington State, Utah and Oregon State remaining on their regular season schedule.

Further down the list are Michigan State and Michigan both at +6600 and Cincinnati down to +8000. Michigan State fell from +3000 after losing to Purdue.

The undefeated Bearcats, No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 were listed at +2500 early last week. But that was before the CFP selection committee ranked the Bearcats No. 6 in the initial CFP rankings.

Updated national championship odds at BetMGM

  • Georgia: -110

  • Alabama: +350

  • Ohio State: +400

  • Oklahoma: +1600

  • Oregon: +2500

  • Michigan: +6600

  • Michigan State: +6600

  • Cincinnati: +8000

  • Notre Dame: +10000

  • Texas A&M: +10000

  • Oklahoma State: +20000

  • BYU: +20000

  • Wake Forest: +20000

  • Wisconsin: +20000

  • Iowa: +20000

  • Ole Miss: +20000

  • Auburn: +25000

  • NC State: +25000

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