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College Football: A Look at the Early Favorites For 2019
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8 Jan 2019 02:19 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempts pass against Alabama. (Image Source: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

With the 2018 college football season in the books, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has already released their odds to win the 2019 national championship:

Clemson Tigers (+180)

Did you watch the Championship Game? Clemson dominated Alabama to win their second title in three seasons. True freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross have two years of eligibility remaining with Travis Etienne set to join Lawrence as a Heisman favorite. They will lose defensive studs, but have recruited very well.

Alabama Crimson Tide (+250)

Despite last night’s showing, Vegas is telling us it’s Clemson, Alabama, and everyone else. Don’t expect the Tide to go away by any stretch. Nick Saban will return a roster that will have more five-star players than three-stars, chuck-full-of NFL talent, namely Tua Tagovailoa and a plethora of big-play weapons on offense.

Georgia Bulldogs (12/1)

The Dawgs were less than 10 minutes away from beating Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and earning a spot in the playoffs. Most believed UGA was among the best four teams in college football this season and they’ll be knocking on the door again in 2019 with Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift leading the way.

Ohio State Buckeyes (12/1)

OSU must replace Heisman finalist Dwyane Haskins on the field and more importantly headman Urban Meyer on the sidelines. Georgia transfer Justin Fields is headed to Columbus and could be eligible in 2019 which would be a big boost. Don’t expect Ryan Day to replicate Meyer’s success, but don’t expect a major fall off.

Michigan Wolverines (14/1)

Head coach Jim Harbaugh will break through eventually. Won’t he? The Wolverines have recruited well and with Shea Patterson as well as a deep stable of receivers coming back they should have their best offense in years. The schedule isn’t easy, but getting Ohio State and Notre Dame at home is huge. It’s time.

Oklahoma Sooners (15/1)

Boomer Sooner has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and despite the loss of Kyler Murray, they will be the team to beat in the Big 12. Lincoln Riley is considered to be the best young coach in the game, but can he find a defense?

Texas Longhorns (20/1)

Texas is back. Maybe. The ‘Horns will be nipping at OU’s heels and could push the Sooners in 2019. They lose a lot of talent on defense, but Tom Herman has recruited very well. Stellar as an underdog, how will Herman handle expectations?

Florida Gators (25/1)

Like Texas, the Gators get a bump thanks to strong showing in their New Year’s Six bowl. Can they follow through? Dan Mullen looks like a home run hire and if they can shore up the O-line (four starters lost), the offense should continue to improve.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (25/1)

Is there a trendier team than the Huskers? They didn’t even make a bowl and are right there with Notre Dame. After an 0-6 start, Scott Frost righted the ship and Adrian Martinez rightly has the Husker faithful pumped up for the 2019 season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25/1)

Do we know Alabama is better than Notre Dame? Just saying. The Irish lose a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. A lot. On a positive note, they are set at quarterback with Ian Book and at offensive line (four returning starters). Solid building blocks.

Washington Huskies (25/1)

The Huskies must replace Jake Browning, but transfer Jacob Eason brings more potential so the offense could be better in 2019, however can they overcome losses on D? Chris Petersen has won the Pac-12 in two of the past three seasons.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:                        

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