Rose Bowl Betting Lines - Alabama vs. Michigan Odds

Rose Bowl Game Alabama vs. Michigan Betting Lines

When you bet on the Rose Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal) between Alabama and Michigan using bitcoin betting, there are some different options to consider. The main two choices are the pointspread and the total, but there are plenty of props as well. The Alabama Crimson Tide face the Michigan Wolverines in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Crimson Tide come into the game at 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS, while the Wolverines are 13-0 SU and 7-5-1 ATS. Michigan is listed as a 2.5-point favorite at BookMaker with a total of 44.5.

College Football Betting Lines

Rose Bowl Betting Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide +2.5

Michigan Wolverines -2.5

Total 44.5

Odds Analysis

There is not much question that the line is moving toward Alabama in this game. Most sportsbooks have the line listed with Alabama as a 1.5-point favorite. That is not the case at BookMaker, as the number is still 2.5. Look for that number to drop, as Alabama is popular not only with the public, but also with the wise guys. The total opened at 46.5 and has moved down two points to 44.5.

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide are 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS with nine games going over the total, three going under, with one push. They are averaging 35.1 points per game which ranks 19th in the country. They are putting up 401.2 yards per game. Alabama is giving up 18.4 points per game which ranks 17th in the country. Jase McClellan leads the team with 803 rushing yards, Jalen Milroe has thrown for 2,718 yards, while Jermaine Burton leads the team with 777 receiving yards.

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan is 13-0 SU and 7-5-1 ATS with six games going over the total, six going under, with one push. Michigan is averaging 36.7 points per game which is 14th in the country and they are averaging 380.5 yards per contest. They are giving up 9.5 points per game which leads the nation. They are giving up just 239.7 yards per contest. Blake Corum leads the team with 1,028 yards, J.J. McCarthy has thrown for 2,630 yards, while Roman Wilson leads the team with 662 receiving yards.

Rose Bowl Free Pick

Normally when you have a No. 1 team vs. a No. 4 team, the top-ranked team would be favored by more than a field goal. That is not the case in the Rose Bowl. The Wolverines have the better overall numbers but the problem I have with Michigan is that they didn’t play many good teams. The Big Ten conference overall was weak. It was Michigan and Ohio State and not much else. That was not the case with the SEC, as there were a number of very good teams this season. It is hard to get a good idea of how good Michigan really is. Did they go unbeaten because they played in the Big Ten or are they really that good. We know Alabama is good, as the SEC is tough. And we know that Nick Saban is a better coach than Jim Harbaugh. It has been ugly for Harbaugh in bowl games, as he is just 1-6 since 2015.

For Michigan to win this game they are going to have find a way to stop the Alabama offense. If Jalen Milroe can handle the pressure of playing in a big game, then the Crimson Tide are likely to win this game. We don’t know if J.J. McCarthy can handle the big stage, as he has never shown much in critical situations. I can’t go against Nick Saban in a big game, especially when he has had about a month to get ready. I’ll take the points with Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

BookMaker Pick: Alabama +2.5

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