With football season fast approaching, bookies need to plan and be prepared for all types of bets being placed on the most popular teams. There’s no consensus on the top five, but most can agree on the top two or three teams.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Coach Nick Saban called 2021 a kind of rebuilding year for the team. A strange comment to make when the Tide were SEC champions and national runners-up. But they have some problems with their offense, being 12th in the SEC in sacks allowed per game (2.73) and 13th in tackles for loss allowed per game (6.93). They lost their star left tackle, Evan Neal, to the NFL Draft but have Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young returning. Saban has also brought in star Tyler Steen from Vanderbilt through the transfer portal to improve the offensive line.
The Tide may have lost their four top receivers this year but were able to bring in star replacements. Jermaine Burton transfers from Georgia. He’s joined by Iron Bowl star Ja’Corey Brooks, JoJo Earle, and veteran Traeshon Holden.
2.Ohio State Buckeyes
They lost Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson in the NFL draft, but they’ll still have one of the best offenses in college football.
They won the Rose Bowl but losing to Michigan and missing out on the College Football Playoff made them feel like they didn’t win anything. The players have taken on the responsibility of improving their accountability and leadership roles. They are working extra hard in their off-season with their workouts and practices.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 4,435 yards last season and 44 touchdowns. He was still trying to navigate the system and find his place as the new starter. But those numbers will gain him respect and trust from his teammates so that they can play as a tighter unit. Be ready for a more mature and confident quarterback as he gets comfortable in his leadership role.
Unlike most championship teams, starting quarterback Stetson Bennett does not stand in this very talented roster. But he averaged ten yards per throw and totaled 29 touchdown passes with only seven interceptions. The offense averaged 443 yards and 38 points per game.
The defense was the main factor in their national title. They were not the number one D in the country but had the most balanced pool of gifted players. Many of them are gone this year, but Georgia did a great job replacing most of the talent with future stars.
For starters, Travon Walker was drafted into the NFL but is being replaced by 280-pound Travel Walthour. Three departing linebackers will also be replaced by Nolan Smith, Junior Trezmen Marshall, and Robert Beal.
Not everyone agrees on the next two teams. Choices range from Clemson, USC Trojans, Texas A&M Aggies, and Utah Utes. The Utes won the Pac-12 championship last year and have returning quarterback Cameron Rising to help them continue their run to the top. Strong coaching from Kyle Whittingham over the previous couple of years has also contributed to their rise.
Texas has done a phenomenal job of rising into the top 25. Last year they were at 28, and already, they are in the top 10. They are a team to watch this year.
5. Clemson Tigers
First-year starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei had a tough year in 2021. He barely had over 2,200 yards with nine touchdowns and ten interceptions. The former five-star prospect only had a 55 percent completion rate. With all that, the Tigers still managed a 10-3 season. This team can follow him if Uiagalelei can move closer to his expectations. Everyone knows he has potential, but it remains to be seen whether he can produce this season.
Other teams to consider are USC Trojans with quarterback Caleb Williams, Wake Forest Demon Deacons with quarterback Sam Hartman who take on Clemson at home, and Michigan Wolverines. Michigan made it to the College Football Playoff Semi-final a season ago. If their quarterback J.J. McCarthy is ready to start, they could be bumped up to the top five.
Types of Bets
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