The Alabama Crimson Tide furiously rallied for a 26 to 23 overtime win against the SEC rival Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 College Football National Championship. Already, odds are out on who will win the 2019 College Football National Championship.
2019 College Football National Championship Odds & Picks
Defending champion Alabama is a solid 3 to 1 choice. Is Alabama a good play at the odds? Who are my early smart and longshot picks to take home the College Football Playoff hardware in 2019? Keep reading to find out!
The Oddsmakers’ Pick To Win The 2019 College Football National Championship: Alabama 3/1
The Crimson Tide found next year’s starting quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. The true freshman QB rallied the Tide to the unbelievable win. At one point during the 2018 College Football National Championship, Alabama was down 13 to 0.
No doubt, Jalen Hurts is going to request a transfer. Bama coach Nick Saban will most likely grant it. With Tagovailoa under center instead of Hurts, Alabama’s offense should be even more deadly next season than it was this season.
The defense is going to be rock solid as well. But, I still don’t feel that Alabama’s a good bet at 3/1. The odds are way too short because there are a ton of good teams in college football this coming season. Although I fully admit that Bama will have a shot at the championship, they should once again make the CFP, I’m not willing to back them at 3/1.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2019 College Football National Championship: Michigan Wolverines 10/1
What happened to the love for the Michigan Wolverines? Two years ago, coach Jim Harbaugh was the toast of the college football town. Harbaugh had turned around a classic, old-school, hard-nosed, football program from doormat to national championship contender.
Now, because of a down season, the Wolverines are no better than the fifth choice to win the 2019 College Football National Championship. I don’t get it. Going into this season, anyone who read anything about the Wolverines knew that there was a chance it could be a tough year.
Harbaugh had to replace most of his defense. He also had to replace most of his offensive line. No team can survive with a tough schedule after replacing so many key positions along both lines.
This season things will be different for Michigan. All the freshman will be sophomores. The offensive line will be way more experienced.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2019 College Football National Championship: Auburn Tigers 25/1
I’ve been down on the Auburn Tigers for the past few years. This season, I’m going to hand it to coach Gus Mahlzan. He saw how Alabama built their dynasty. Instead of going against what Nick Saban did, he’s embraced it. The Auburn Tigers are now a defense-first team.
Mahlzan primarily recruits top rushers, offensive linemen, and defensive players. Then, only then, will he look to recruit a quarterback. What’s so exciting about the 2018-2019 Auburn Tigers? QB Jarrett Stidham will be a junior. This season was his first with War Eagle.
Auburn could be the team to beat in the SEC, not Georgia and not Alabama. That makes Auburn the overlay at 25 to 1.