After several high-profile upsets during Week 2, Week 3 of the college football season saw a return to normalcy. All of the top-10 teams finished off double-digit victories, although the next group of top-25 teams got a little wacky. No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 BYU and No. 13 Miami all suffered upset losses on the road and that incredible Appalachian State team pulled off another miracle.
When the dust settled, the official AP Top-10 rankings remained unchanged, save for No. 8 Kentucky and No. 9 Oklahoma State switching spots. Only one team (No. 11 Michigan State) dropped completely from the top-25 rankings, while both No 15 Oregon and No. 14 Penn State enjoyed massive jumps of 10 and eight spots, respectively.
The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (+180) remain favorites to win the 2022-23 National Championship on FanDuel Sportsbook. They've allowed just 10 points across their first three games. The rest of the top 5 held steady, rounded out by Alabama (+200), Ohio State (+300), Clemson (+1100) and USC (+1200).
Check out an updated list of the top-25 college football teams according to their odds to win the National Championship on FanDuel Sportsbook. We'll also make three predictions for the best national title bets to place right now heading into Week 4.
National Championship Odds 2022-23
1. Georgia Bulldogs (+180)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (+200)
3. Ohio State Buckeyes (+300)
4. Clemson Tigers (+1100)
5. USC Trojans (+1200)
6. Michigan Wolverines (+2500)
7. Oklahoma Sooners (+4000)
8. Tennessee Volunteers (+6000)
9. Penn State Nittany Lions (+6000)
10. Utah Utes (+10000)
11. Oklahoma State Cowboys (+10000)
12. Ole Miss Rebels (+10000)
13. Washington Huskies (+10000)
14. Kentucky Wildcats (+15000)
15. Oregon Ducks (+15000)
16. Texas A&M Aggies (+15000)
17. NC State Wolfpack (+15000)
18. Iowa State Cyclones (+20000)
19. North Carolina Tar Heels (+20000)
20. Florida State Seminoles (+20000)
21. UCLA Bruins (+20000)
22. Washington State Cougars (+20000)
23. Texas Longhorns (+20000)
24. Minnesota Golden Gophers (+20000)
25. Arkansas Razorbacks (+25000)
There are seven other schools with +25000 odds, including Wake Forest, TCU, Wisconsin, LSU, Syracuse, Florida and Cal.
Week 3 College Football Picks
These betting lines are provided from FanDuel Sportsbook's Odds to win the National Championship.
Alabama Crimson Tide (+200)
Bettors cannot underestimate the value in betting Alabama to win the National Championship at +200 odds right now. This easily could be the best odds we see on Alabama throughout the year. I talk about the Georgia Bulldogs below, but Alabama is my true pick to walk away with the title in 2023. Not only has this team faced early adversity (which is a good thing before the brutal SEC schedule), but they've also got the best quarterback and player in college football. Bryce Young is destined to go No. 1 overall and that should make a difference. Their complete roster is headlined by a defense that already ranks seventh in fewest yards allowed. Considering Alabama won't play Georgia until the SEC Championship, they may not lose a game and we've got to pounce on plus-odds when they're still available.
Georgia Bulldogs (+180)
The Georgia Bulldogs follow a lot of the same logic as their SEC counterparts above. Even after losing eight defenders in the 2022 NFL Draft, Kirby Smart's unit is frightening. Allowing just 10 total points across their first three games is insane. Georgia also will not play their fierce SEC rival Alabama until the SEC Championship and could easily go undefeated up until that point. That's why bettors need to get their money in on Georgia before it's too late.
Penn State Nittany Lions (+6000)
Penn State is probably the trendiest pick to win, but for good reason. James Franklin's team climbed to No. 14 after a pair of convincing wins over Power 5 opponents. Winning on the road against Auburn should be viewed as a statement, especially after the Nittany Lions racked up 477 yards on offense. While the defense leaves me wanting more, forcing four turnovers in Week 3 is a good way to stay in games. Watch out for Franklin's battle-tested teams as it heads into the conference slate.
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