In just a few weeks' time, the Women's College Basketball season will tip-off and this year looks set to be just as exciting as the last one.
With this article, we have provided the National Championship odds for the top leading teams in the country.
In addition to these National Championship odds, we have also included a brief analysis for each team in terms of how they might fare over the course of the long season.
|Virginia Tech Hokies||+900|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||+1200|
The easiest team to begin with is the LSU Tigers. They are the odds-on favorite, mostly because they are coming off a National Championship win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Tigers have returned a number of players from their Championship team, including 23-points-per-game scorer Angel Reese, who will be entering her junior year.
LSU was 34-2 a season ago and until they show any weakness, a second straight championship looks to be possible especially after adding guard Hailey Van Lith, who averaged 19.7 points at Louisville last year, through the transfer portal.
The UConn Huskies have long dominated Women’s college basketball over the years, but last year they looked to have taken a step back.
The Huskies were 31-6 overall a season ago, but were eliminated in the Sweet 16.
While they are likely to be near the top of the rankings all season, plenty of other teams have closed the talent gap to the Huskies.
That said, star point guard Paige Bueckers is healthy, and she should build on the 20 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds she averaged in her one full season in college hoops.
The Iowa Hawkeyes were so close to a National Championship a season ago, losing in the title game to the LSU Tigers.
The good news for the Hawkeyes is that Caitlin Clark is returning for her Senior season and their success this season will likely rest heavily on her shoulders.
There are few players better suited to that pressure: Clark has never averaged less than 25 points per game in her college career, and she posted a career-high 8.6 assists per game last year as well.
The Hawkeyes have several other returning players from that National Championship team a season ago, therefore they look to be a solid bet to return to the title game.
Utah comes into this season with the fourth shortest odds to win the National Championship and they are coming off a season where they finished 27-5.
They return leading scorers Alissa Pili and Gianna Kneepkens this season, and the coaching staff added intriguing transfers such as ex-BYU 6'2" sophomore forward Alyssa Blanck, ex-Wisconsin 5'10 sophomore guard Matyson Wilke, and ex-Northeastern Oklahoma 6'8" center Nene Sow.
The Utes advanced to the Sweet 16, but crashed out with a loss to eventual Champion, LSU.
Expect Utah to have another successful season, but winning the National Championship is likely too much to ask for the Utes this season.
Rounding out the top five in terms of the National Championship betting odds are the Virginia Tech Hokies.
They are coming off a 31-5 season where they advanced all the way to the Final Four, before losing to LSU.
The Hokies are expected to make another deep run this season, but still have the star-studded teams of UConn, LSU and Iowa to contend with.
Indiana had a disappointing end to last season as they were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament after being one of the top seeds.
The Hoosiers were still 28-4 and should again be near the top of the rankings. That being said, they have some catching up to do with teams like LSU, UConn, Iowa, and even South Carolina.
It is strange to see South Carolina have odds as long as they do for the National Championship considering they went 36-1 last season.
Their only loss was to Iowa in the Final Four, which ended their bid for a perfect season and an all-SEC matchup with LSU in the Final.
The Gamecocks, led by head coach Dawn Staley, still look to be one of the best teams in the country and will start the season ranked sixth in the top-25 AP Poll.
With how dominant the Gamecocks were a season ago, backing them to win the National Championship has to be considered, especially given their current odds.