Bama favored by TD vs. Florida State
With six days before kickoff of the biggest game in Week 1, Alabama remains favored by a touchdown over Florida State.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Crimson Tide remain a 7-point favorite over the Seminoles for Saturday night's non-conference tilt at 8:00PM ET. Alabama opened as 5.5-point favorites but the line jumped to 6.5, then 7, where it currently sits. Given how well the Crimson Tide often play in its opening week, it wouldn't be surprising to see the line reach 7.5.
As for the total, the number hit the board at 53 but has been bet down to 49.5. Both teams are expected to have excellent defenses in 2017, so college football fans could be in store for a defensive struggle on Saturday night at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dating back to last season, Alabama has covered the spread in seven of its last 10 games overall. Florida State is also on an ATS roll, covering in four straight games and going 7-3 against the number in its last 10 games versus SEC opponents. Where the Seminoles have struggled is at neutral sites, going 2-5 against the number in its last seven games played on neutral fields.
Other trends to consider: The over is 4-0-1 in the Crimson Tide's last five games versus ACC opponents and is 20-6-1 in their last 27 neutral site games. That said, in their last five non-conference games, the under is 4-1.
On the other side, the over is a perfect 6-0 in the Seminoles' last six neutral site games, is 4-1 in their last five non-conference games, and is 5-2 in their last seven tilts in September. The under, however, is 20-7 in Florida State's last 27 games against SEC opponents.