Alabama Season Odds
(TheSpread) – Alabama has won the national title three of the last four years. Can the Crimson Tide make it four out of five this season?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Alabama has been given 3/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Crimson Tide have also been given odds of +150 to win the SEC Championship and a money line of -150 to win the SEC West Division. The over/under for wins for Alabama has been set at 11.
Nick Saban has done wonders for the Alabama program since he took over in 2007. He inherited a 6-7 team and has turned it into the dominant program in the country. This year’s team has 14 starters back from last year’s national championship team.
On offense, Alabama averaged 38.7 points and 446 yards per game in 2012. This year’s team has a lot of players back at the skill positions, led by quarterback A.J. McCarron, who threw for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns with just three interceptions last season. McCarron has been given 10/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Another Heisman candidate is sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon, who rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman. Yeldon has 14/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Also back for Alabama is receiver Amari Cooper, who caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. The issue for Alabama is the offensive line, which has to replace three starters.
On defense, Alabama was the best in the nation the last two years, allowing just 10.9 points and 250 yards per game in 2012. The defense has seven starters back, most of which come on the front seven. Leading the team will be linebacker C.J. Mosley, who had 107 tackles in 2012. Also back is safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who had a team-high five interceptions a year ago. The Crimson Tide also return leading sacker, linebacker Adrian Hubbard. He totaled seven sacks in 2012.
Alabama opens its title defense with a pair of tough games. The Tide start with Virginia Tech in Atlanta and then have a week off before hitting the road to face Texas A&M, the lone team to beat it in 2012. From there, the Crimson Tide will host the likes of Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and rival LSU in SEC play. Conference road games aside from A&M are with Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky. If Alabama can survive its first two foes, it should be unbeaten heading into the Nov. 9 meeting with LSU, which will likely determine the SEC West winner.
For a look at the odds for the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Alabama Crimson Tide
BCS National Champion Odds: 3/1
SEC Championship Odds: +150
SEC West Championship Odds: -150
Win Total: Over/Under 11
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB A.J. McCarron 10/1
Heisman Trophy Odds: RB T.J. Yeldon 14/1