Early College Football National Championship Staff Picks

The BetQL staff finds the best early values to win the 2023 college football national championship

Staff Picks To Win 2023 College Football National Championship

Lucy Burdge: Ohio State +500 at FanDuel
Ohio State went 11-2 overall last season, 8-1 in the conference and won the Rose Bowl over Utah and I think they can improve on that ahead of this upcoming year and have a decent shot at a championship. C.J. Stroud had a great season last year and he’s primed to have another great year with this team. Plus, stellar wide receiver recruit Brandon Inniss has Ohio State on his short list of teams, so there’s huge potential there. And with Ohio State behind Alabama and Georgia on this odds list, there’s some value here in them to take the championship.

Dan Karpuc: USC +3000 at DraftKings
With Lincoln Riley now in town, USC grabbed a lot of talent in the transfer portal, most notably quarterback Caleb Williams (Oklahoma) and wide receiver Jordan Addison (Pittsburgh). Those two make up 14 impact transfers including running back Travis Dye (Oregon), so this team will not resemble recent Trojan rosters. With Riley’s explosive offense in place and with a bunch of new talent and recruits, I expect this team to instantly run through the Pac-12 with no issues and have a fantastic chance to make the College Football Playoff. While Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State are three of the presumed teams to make it, the door should be open for USC with an undefeated or one-loss campaign. At these odds, they’re absolutely worth a sprinkle given all of their resources and talent.

Brad Pinkerton: Clemson +1400 at Caesars

Since Lucy already took Ohio State (best CFP value) and there's really no value on the top SEC teams, I'll go with a bounce-back season from the Clemson Tigers, who ranked 14th in the final AP poll with a disappointing 10-3 record that felt much, much worse. Opening in Atlanta against Georgia Tech should set a much different tone than last year's season-opening loss to eventual national champ Georgia, assuming that's not a Week 1 trap game in the Yellow Jackets' backyard. The first real test for Clemson won't come until Week 4 at Wake, which finished ranked 15th last season. If Clemson is going to have any title hope this season, it should have no trouble putting the likes of Wake and N.C. State (Week 5) in their place, but circle Week 10 at Notre Dame -- that's likely when we'll find out if this Clemson ticket is worth anything or not.