With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- combine to give you betting previews of the top 25 teams, according to the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.
Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Aug. 15.
National title odds: 20-1
Season win total: 9
FPI win total projection: 8.6
Strengths: The Irish have two quarterbacks capable of leading the team, and their running backs, offensive line, defensive line, defensive backs and special teams all rank in my top 27. They are more experienced than their nine returning starters indicate, as last year they lost numerous top players early to injury, most of whom return in 2016.