Predicting 2019 in sports: Which teams and athletes will be crowned as champions?

The beautiful thing about sports is that "there's always next year." And for some, 2019 will be that year. 

A fresh calendar means fresh opportunities, a clean slate and history that has yet to be made. Thankfully, fans won't have to wait long – 2019 in sports starts almost immediately with the College Football Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson on January 7. (We'll spoil that one for you right off the bat: Alabama is favored to win.)

According to betting odds from Vegas Insider and projections by FiveThirtyEight, 2019 is going to look a heck of a lot like 2018 did, with several repeat champions across the major American sports.

It's not an exact science, of course, and some of these predictions will surely be wrong, but it's still fun to think about. 

Click through below to see the teams and athletes most likely to be crowned as champions in 2019, from March Madness to the Masters and beyond. 

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College Football Championship winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: -225
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 51%

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Super Bowl LIII winner: New Orleans Saints

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 32%

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament winner: Duke Blue Devils

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 23/10

(Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Masters winner: Jordan Spieth

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Masters winner: Tiger Woods

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 9/1

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Stanley Cup winner: Tampa Bay Lightning

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 5/1

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NBA Finals winner: Golden State Warriors

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 10/17
Chances via FiveThirtyEight: 53%

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WNBA Finals winner: Seattle Storm

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 2/1

(Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE via Getty Images)

World Series winner: Boston Red Sox

Betting odds via Vegas Insider: 6/1

(Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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