Alabama Crimson Tide Odds - Citrus Bowl Betting

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Alabama Crimson Tide Betting - Citrus Bowl Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide Betting

For the first time since the inception of the College Football Playoff, the Alabama Crimson Tide will not be competing for a national championship in football’s version of the final four. The injury and eventual loss of star Tua Tagovailoa hurt their chances, as did losses to No. 1 LSU and Auburn sending Bama to its first two-loss regular season since the 2010 campaign. While there isn’t a title on the line, the Tide wraps up its season in a matchup of college football bluebloods when takes on the Michigan Wolverines in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl. Alabama opened as a 7.5-point favorite in what will be the first meeting between the schools since 2012.

Citrus Bowl Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide -7

Michigan Wolverines +7

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Outside of the CFP semifinal matchups, the Citrus Bowl might be the most appealing of all the postseason games. At least in name-only the contest between Alabama and Michigan has all the ingredients for a classic. We just don’t know where the teams are mentally heading into the New Year’s Day battle. This certainly isn’t where Nick Saban envisioned his club at the start of the year. One of the favorites to get back to the CFP and play for a national title, the Tide instead missed out on a playoff berth for the first time.

This is a new ordeal for a number of Alabama players. Like the sun rising in the morning, Alabama was supposed to be playing in the CFP. With that not happening just how does the Tide respond? We saw the frustration at Michigan boil over at this time last year and the situation is remarkably similar this time around. Taking a beating by their biggest rival, the Wolverines didn’t show up for their Peach Bowl encounter with Florida last season and were handed a 41-15 setback as a 4-point favorite. Michigan has lost its last three bowl games going 0-3 ATS in those matchups.

As we saw in the regular season ending Iron Bowl, offense wasn’t the problem for Bama. Mac Jones did a fine job filling in for Tagovailoa, except for those two picks that were returned for scores. Otherwise the Tide and their abundance of play makers rolled over a stout Auburn defense. The Wolverines were thought to have had a decent group until Justin Fields, J.K. Dobbins and the Ohio State Buckeyes left them on the side of the road in The Game.

There’s a good chance we see fireworks from the offenses in this one. Jones threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns, Najee Harries scampered for 146 yards on the ground and Jaylen Waddle increased his NFL stock as the Tide put up 515 total yards against a good Auburn unit. Waddle had three touchdown catches and returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score. Bama did enough on offense to certainly win that game, but mistakes and big plays plagued them in the end. The opportunistic Auburn defense had a pair of pick-sixes and the Tigers converted just enough, despite only scoring three offensive touchdowns.

For the second straight season Michigan went into its game with Ohio State boasting one of the nation’s top defenses. And for the second year in a row they got steamrolled. Last year it was Dwayne Haskins this time it was Fields. Can Jones have similar results? And the Alabama defense sprung a few leaks over the course of the season, most notably in the loss to LSU when the unit surrendered 46 points and over 500 yards.

Regular Season Recap

The Iron Bowl loss to Auburn was Alabama’s second in four games to end the regular season. The defeats left the Tide on the outside of the CFP for the first time and also dropped them out of the AP top-five for the first time in 68 weeks, breaking their record run. A young, inexperienced defense had problems when facing some of the stronger teams in the country. And a gimpy Tua couldn’t overcome LSU last month.

You could say the season turned in a win over Tennessee in mid-October. That’s when Tua went down in the first half with an ankle injury. Bama was a five touchdown favorite and beat the Vols 35-13, but the high-flying offense was grounded without its Heisman hopeful. Backup Mac Jones did what he had to in a win over Arkansas setting up a mega showdown with LSU for the SEC West title. A surgical procedure and a bye gave Tua time to get ready for LSU. He looked shaky in the first half, but offense wasn’t the problem. The Tide allowed 559 yards in the 46-41 loss.

The following week against Mississippi State, Tua sustained a major hip injury, ending his season and eventually ending Bama’s playoff run. Jones was good against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but not good enough. And the defense was shaky again in a 48-45 loss. Bama played every game of the season as a favorite with seven of their 12 games having a spread of at least 30 points. The Tide went 4-3 ATS in those games and finished the regular season 6-6 ATS overall.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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