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Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting

Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football Betting

Once upon a time the thought that any college football coach could be compared to Bear Bryant as an all time great was considered blasphemy. Taking it a step further would be the cardinal sin of comparing an Alabama Crimson Tide coach to the Bear. Yet what was once considered unthinkable is now universally accepted. Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of all time. So too is he the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football coach in history. And to have Alabama fans embrace those facts should tell you just how good Saban actually is. Just like Bryant what has made Saban great is his ability to adjust. Bryant not only had to change his offense from a pro style to the wishbone but he also had to usher in the Crimson Tide program to racial integration. Meanwhile Saban has had to go from power football to a much more sophisticated passing attack with less emphasis on defense. He has also had to deal with hyper sensitive players and a much more competitive environment of more good teams than what Bryant had to face.

Alabama Crimson Tide Weekly Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide -28

LSU Tigers +28

Total 67.5

Alabama Crimson Tide Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the LSU Tigers will host the Alabama Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kickoff time is set for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on CBS. This game was originally scheduled for November 7 but was postponed due to LSU issues with the pandemic. CBS wanted this prime-time matchup all along and the SEC found a way to make it happen.

Last week the LSU Tigers barely avoided a shutout in a 20-7 loss at the Texas A&M Aggies for a classic back door cover as 16-point dogs with the game going under the total of 59.5. LSU is now 3-4 straight up, 4-3 against the spread and 3-4 under the total.

LSU has national metrics of 44th for total offense, 18th for passing, 114th for rushing, 55th for scoring, and 40th for turnovers. Defensively the Bayou Bengals rank 96th overall, 120th against the pass, 43rd against the rush, 73rd for points allowed, and 50th for takeaways.

Alabama Crimson Tide Weekly Recap

Alabama won the Iron Bowl with ease 42-13 as 25.5-point home favorites over Auburn with the game going under the total of 65.5. The Tide is now 8-0 straight up, 6-2 against the spread and 5-3 over the total.

Alabama has national metrics of 6th for total offense, 4th for passing, 50th for rushing, 3rd for scoring, and 78th for turnovers. Defensively the Crimson Tide ranks 36th overall, 70th against the pass, 27th against the rush, 17th for points allowed, and 19th for takeaways.

There is no better example of Nick Saban’s greatness than his current quarterback Mac Jones. When Saban began his Alabama career he preferred game manager quarterbacks such as Greg McIlroy and AJ McCarron. Later he evolved to go with one of the most exotic signal callers of all time in Tua Tagovailoa. When Tua went down to injury last year Jones stepped into the forefront.

Jones is nowhere near as unique as Tua was but he is much more than a game manager. In his own way Jones has emerged as one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country. Of course, Jones has a tremendous supporting cast, but so do other quarterbacks that have accomplished far less.

Another feather in Saban’s cap is his ability to attract great assistant coaches. His program has become a college football coaching rehab facility where previously failed coaches such as Lane Kiffin, Mike Locksley, Butch Jones and Steve Sarkisian have picked up the pieces of their careers in the ultimate pigskin laboratory.

Sarkisian in particular is a great study. After alcohol problems forced him to resign as head coach of the USC Trojans, he has become a respected leader with the Crimson Tide. Sark will have his choices of the top openings in the country but may decide to stick with Saban where he has partnered to build the nation’s most prolific offense with Mac Jones.

2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 26 @ Missouri W 38-19
Oct 3 vs. Texas A&M W 52-24
Oct 10 @ Ole Miss W 63-48
Oct 17 vs. Georgia W 41-24
Oct 24 @ Tennessee W 48-17
Oct 31 vs. Mississippi State W 41-0
Nov 21 vs. Kentucky W 63-3
Nov 28 vs. Auburn W 42-13
Dec 5 @ LSU -
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