Georgia are new favorites for national title

Georgia is the new betting favorite to win the national championship, but not by much.

Thanks to Alabama’s shocking road loss to Texas A&M, the Bulldogs rose to No.1 in the polls and are now the new favorites to win the national title at BetMGM. Georgia, which beat Auburn 34-10 on Saturday, is now listed at +130, but isn’t too far ahead of Alabama. The Crimson Tide is now rated at +200.

Alabama was the favorite at +150 last week. Georgia was next at +175.

Despite Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M, there is still a significant gap between the two SEC powers and the rest of the pack.

Another one-loss team, Ohio State, is next with +1000 ahead of four undefeated teams: Oklahoma (+1500), Iowa (+2000), Cincinnati (+2000) and Michigan (+3000).

Oklahoma are a really intriguing team to follow going forward. The Sooners were on the ropes early Saturday against rival Texas, but a change from quarterback from Spencer Rattler to freshman Caleb Williams sparked a massive comeback for OU. The Sooners trailed 28-7 after the first quarter and were down 41-23 by the end of the third quarter. They won 55-48.

Iowa, now No. 2 in the AP poll, picked up a huge victory over Penn State in a two-team top-five clash on Saturday, but punters still seem skeptical about the Hawkeyes’ chances of winning it all.

Iowa, which jumped +3500 last week, trailed Penn State 17-3 at one point in the game but came back strong after Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford left the game with an injury. Still, Iowa has one of the best defenses in the country and is particularly prolific at generating turnovers. Iowa has a plus-15 six-game rotation margin, the best in the country. The Hawkeyes forced 20 turnovers, including 16 interceptions. These two personalities run the country.

Alabama fell behind Georgia in national championship odds following Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

For Cincinnati, there was no hangover effect after the big win over Notre Dame last week. On Friday, the Bearcats knocked out Temple 52-3 to start the conference game.

Michigan, meanwhile, forced a crucial late turnout and escaped Nebraska with a 32-29 victory. Now 6-0 and ranked No.8 in the AP poll, Michigan has a pass this weekend and still has Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State on the back half of its schedule.

Speaking of Michigan State, the Spartans also went undefeated after beating Rutgers on Saturday. MSU is tied with a loss to Oregon at +5000 in the national title odds. Penn State, after losing Iowa, went from +2500 to +6600.

Further down the list are two other undefeated teams: 11th Kentucky at +10000 and 12th Oklahoma State at +8000. The 6-0 Wildcats are coming off back-to-back wins over Florida and LSU as they head to Athens to face top-ranked Georgia this weekend. Oklahoma State is 5-0 with an average winning margin of just 6.8 points. The Cowboys will travel to Austin to play in Texas this weekend.

Below are updated national championship odds via BetMGM:

  • Georgia: +130

  • Alabama: +200

  • Ohio State: +1000

  • Oklahoma: +1500

  • Iowa: +2000

  • Cincinnati: +2000

  • Michigan: +3000

  • Oregon: +5000

  • Michigan State: +5000

  • Pennsylvania State: +6600

  • Notre-Dame: +8000

  • Texas: +8000

  • Oklahoma State: +8000

  • Ole Miss: +8000

  • Clemson: +10000

  • Texas A&M: +10000

  • Arizona State: +10000

  • Kentucky: +10000

  • NC state: +15000

  • Pittsburgh: +15000

  • UCLA: +15000

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