If you’re a college football fan, you’ve had some of the best times in the last decade because of the exciting turn of events in the top college football teams and the legitimization of sports betting.
Countless teams have come and gone throughout the years, making it impossible to draw any firm conclusions on how they’re better than the others. For this list, we focused on the best college football teams expected to win the NCAA championships in the last decade.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Out of Alabama’s 16 NCAA championships, just three came before the poll era. Nick Saban, the head coach of the University of Alabama football team, became the first coach in NCAA history to win more championships than the great Bear Bryant, who won seven titles. In addition, Alabama was a participant in the College Football Playoff every year from 2012 through 2018, except for 2019.
In college football odds, the Alabama football team is the favorite to win the national title this 2022. On the other hand, the Crimson Tide still has 15 games, some of which might be quite challenging.
For a team to win a championship needs more than just two players. However, the team’s best two players are the top reason why they have a shot at winning. Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. are two of the greatest players in the country, and the Alabama Crimson Tide has both.
After losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller to injury before the 2014 season, the Buckeyes weren’t considered much of a chance to win the national championship. The next man up was J.T. Barrett, and he led Ohio State to a loss against Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes’ second of the season. However, after Barrett went down with a season-ending injury, the Buckeyes still managed to win later.
Cardale Jones led a 59-0 blowout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 476 yards and six touchdowns in a College Football Playoff (CFP) favored victory over Alabama and Oregon to conclude the 12-1 championship record.
Kirby Smart has worked with the Georgia Bulldogs since the team replaced its longstanding manager before the 2016 season. As a result, Georgia was able to recruit more effectively under his direction, and the Bulldogs won the national championship for the first time since 1980.
Moreover, the Bulldogs set several records in the NFL draft this spring. Their dynamic defense, for instance, set a new mark by securing five first-round picks. In addition, the Bulldogs made a vow to make it to the Final Four, and it was another factor in Georgia’s victory over Oklahoma.
Preseason odds made the Georgia Bulldogs the third favorite to win the national championship this year. The Bulldogs were rated third, trailing No. 2 Ohio State and No. 1 Alabama.
Dabo Swinney is regarded as one of the top college football coaches owing to his 11-year streak of leading his team to 10 or more victories. He has reached the national championship four times since 2015, winning twice and losing twice.
Since the Tigers snatched glory away from Florida State, no other Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team has come close to matching their accomplishments. Despite still being the odds-on favorite to win the ACC Championship Game this year, the Clemson Tigers have had a relatively lackluster season thus far.
The long and storied success of the Oklahoma Sooners makes it one of the premier programs in college football. It has been for the better part of a century. However, despite winning several Big 12 wins since the 2017 season, Oklahoma’s three appearances in the College Football Playoff have resulted in few significant victories.
After spending the previous four years as the defensive coordinator at Clemson, Venables is returning to Oklahoma to take over for incoming USC head coach Lincoln Riley. Venables worked in various roles in Oklahoma from 1999 to 2011.
The Sooners’ decision to transfer to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the coming years may increase their revenue from football. Still, it may make it much more difficult for one of the strongest teams in the nation to win a national title.
The Tigers will forever be remembered as a legendary team in collegiate football. It is the only college football program to win three national titles since 2000, and they did it with three different coaches. In addition, LSU has the most significant offense in SEC history.
Joe Burrow, a senior quarterback, had a fantastic senior season. The schedule boasts several remarkable victories, the most recent coming against a Clemson team striving to join the select group of college football’s finest franchises.
While not every college football team can win the national championship, even those who fall short of that mark can still be considered among the best in the history of the sport. Sometimes, the heavy favorites don’t win but are still champions in their supporters’ hearts.