The 2022-23 College Football Playoff national championship game is Jan. 9, 2023, from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Anyone for a Georgia-Alabama rematch? To absolutely no surprise, the champion Dawgs and runner-up Crimson Tide have opened as +325 co-favorites to win it all again next season at Caesars Sportsbook. The 2022 campaign is scheduled to begin Aug. 27 with the marquee matchup that first Saturday featuring Nebraska vs. Northwestern in Big Ten action from Dublin, Ireland.
There still has yet to be a repeat national champion in the CFP era after Alabama was beaten 33-18 on Monday night in Indianapolis. Might things have been different if star receiver Jameson Williams, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, not suffered an injury in the second quarter? Maybe.
Williams will not be back next season and neither will be fellow 1,000-yard wideout John Metchie III (lost for season in SEC title game), offensive tackle Evan Neal (potential No. 1 overall pick) or top running back Brian Robinson. However, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and defensive demon Will Anderson Jr. will return. As of now, 13 starters are expected back on the Tide, who will be No. 1 in the preseason polls this summer. Bama is scheduled to open the season Sept. 3 vs. Utah State and has a tough test Sept. 10 at Texas (and former Bama OC Steve Sarkisian) out of conference.
Georgia won its first national championship since 1980 and former walk-on quarterback Stetson Bennett is eligible to return for another season. He probably will be back as he's not considered an NFL prospect. Kirby Smart's historically good defense is going to lose a lot of talent, though, led by Travon Walker, Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt, Nakobe Dean and Derion Kendrick.
UGA is scheduled to open Sept. 3 in Atlanta against Oregon … which is now coached by former Dawgs defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Georgia and Alabama don't play in the 2022 regular season.
Ohio State (+700) and Clemson (+1200) are the only other schools under +2500 to win next season's national title. The Buckeyes' offense should be electric again with quarterback CJ Stroud, running back TreVeyon Henderson and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba all back. The Nuts do have a very tough schedule with a home opener Sept. 3 vs. Notre Dame, trips to Michigan State and Penn State, the usual finale vs. Michigan and Big Ten crossover games vs. Iowa and Wisconsin.
Clemson could bring back nearly every starter on offense, although that unit was a major problem at times this season. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) in his first full season as a starter. Playing in the ACC, the Tigers should be favored in every game other than perhaps a non-conference trip to pseudo-ACC member Notre Dame.
The College Football Playoff semifinals will be played on New Year's Eve at the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl. Because New Year's Day 2023 is a Sunday (i.e. belongs to the NFL), three New Year's Six bowls – Cotton, Rose and Sugar – will be played Jan. 2, 2023.
Caesars Sportsbook favorites to win 2023 CFP title game
- Georgia +325
- Alabama +325
- Ohio State +700
- Clemson +1200
- Oklahoma +2500
- Texas A&M +2500
- USC +2500
- Michigan +3000
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