College football odds: Alabama, Ohio State; best bets on early titles

By Geoff Schwartz
FOX Sports NFL Analyst

A college football the championship is won on the field, but the list that can lead you to the promised land is built in recruiting.

Bud Elliott of 247Sports created the Blue Chip Ratio as a metric to measure the roster entry point for a championship-caliber team. Simply put, you need more 4 and 5 star players on your roster than you don’t. If you don’t hit that 50% threshold, you don’t win a title, which brings me to the few teams whose future I think is worth throwing a few bucks at.

On my list you’ll find some of the usual suspects, and that’s because teams that have “been there, done that” usually recruit better than others.

So with that in mind, here are my top three futures bets for next season’s College Football Championship (with all odds via FOX bet).

Alabama: +200 (bet $10 to win $30 in total)

Alabama has the best roster in college football and fires Heisman-winning quarterback Bryce Young to a team hungry for another championship. The Tides are well trained, disciplined and at home in the trenches. Just check their resume.

Bama has won six championships since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. This averages out to about one natty every two years. They lost to SEC rival Georgia last season, which means they’re due.

I throw a few bucks on it and roll with the tide.

ohio state: +350 (bet $10 to win $45 in total)

Again, the Buckeyes are one of the most talented teams in the country. Their offense last season was top flight and a high score, and that won’t change in 2022 with potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick CJ Stroud starting at quarterback.

“THE” Ohio State defense is reorganized with a new coordinator. I think they will be a better unit than they were last season with the added defensive flexibility.

But generally speaking, Ohio State has almost always been elite. And as usual, the Buckeyes will be “in” at the end of the season with a chance to compete for another national title.

Texas A&M: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 in total)

Yes, the Aggies that make my list might put you off a bit, and at +3000, they’re obviously a long shot. But listen to me.

Texas A&M had a 61% blue chip ratio heading into the 2021 season and just landed the top class in the nation after the February signing period. This team is full of talent, and they just have to put everything in place.

The quarterback’s game could be shaky as there is a three-way competition for the position. However, A&M is good in offensive skill positions and the offensive line is strong as well. Defensively, they are changing patterns with new defensive coordinator DJ Durkin – a leader and coach who has shaped many of the top 15 defenses.

Also, don’t forget that A&M beat Alabama last season, so we know they have the guts to make some noise in the tough SEC West. The Aggies can take advantage of this huge win this season.

I’m sure they believe this could be their year. All things considered, this team is worth a few bucks for an early bet.

Geoff Schwartz played eight seasons in the NFL for five different teams. He started as a right tackle for the University of Oregon for three seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection his senior year. He is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.

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