The first full Saturday of college football is in the books, and we have seen a glimpse of what the College Football Playoff National Championship contenders will look like in 2023. Sure, some of them feasted on cupcakes, but there were a few compelling matchups that could resonate with the CFP Selection Committee when all is said and done.
No. 4 Alabama came into the season with massive questions, but Jalen Milroe put many of those to rest after accounting for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a big win over Middle Tennessee. The Crimson Tide had the second-best national title odds coming into the season, and it’ll be interesting to see how those odds move heading into next week’s showdown with Texas.
No. 3 Ohio State started with a road game against Big Ten foe Indiana, and it wasn’t exactly a crisp performance. First-year starter Kyle McCord struggled to get things cranked up, but came to life in the third quarter to help the Buckeyes pull away from a Hoosiers’ squad that struggled to move the football.
How did the College Football Playoff National Championship contenders grade out in Week 1? Let’s hand out report cards for notable teams around the country with their SportsLine consensus national title odds heading into the rest of the weekend.