College Football Betting – Alabama Begins National Title Defense Against Michigan

by Dirty on July 18, 2012

Betting on the 2012 Cowboys Stadium Classic



by Charles Jay 


When the Alabama Crimson Tide takes the field this season, they’ll be marked men. But that is the same case every year, isn’t it? In the 2012 season opener, scheduled for Saturday, September 1, the Tide rolls into Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX (artificial turf) to take on the Michigan Wolverines, who turned things around for college football bettors who backed them last year. Kickoff for this game is 8 PM ET.


In the advance college football betting odds that have been posted at, the defending champs are double-digit favorites:



College Football Betting

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan Wolverines

Saturday, September 1 – 8 PM ET

Cowboys Stadium

Arlington, TX Odds


Alabama Crimson Tide -10.5

Michigan Wolverines  +10.5


Alabama went 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS last season, and of course, avenged their regular season overtime loss to LSU with a resounding 21-0 victory in the BCS national championship game,  in which they allowed only 92 yards.


That they were that stingy was no big surprise. Last year Alabama was a wrecking crew on the defensive side of the ball. The Tide allowed just 2.4 yards per carry, 3.3 yards per play and 49% completions. Five starters return from that defense, although with the loss of both Mark Barron and DeQuan Menzie, the secondary is being rebuilt a bit. With all the athletes they have on hand, however, that shouldn’t be a big problem.


On offense, Eddie Lacy is unquestionably going to make some plays for the Tide, as he averaged 7.1 yards a carry last season, but it’s going to be tough to replace the dazzling brilliance of Trent Richardson, who gained 1679 yards with 21 TD’s and went to the Cleveland Browns early in the NFL Draft. Brash quarterback AJ McCarron completed 67% of his passes with just five interceptions, and he really took control in the BCS title game, hitting 23 of 34 throws for 234 yards. No receiver with more than 17 catches last season returns, so McCarron will have to develop some new go-to guys.


At BetAnySports, Alabama is, of course, one of the favorites to capture this year’s national crown at +625. LSU, at +350 in the college football betting odds, will once against be the nemesis.


Michigan made a great turnaround in its first year under coach Brady Hoke, and the defense represented the biggest improvement. The Wolverines cut their points allowed in half, and though they have to replace some experience on the defensive line, they have seven starters back on that side of the ball.


Michigan is the kind of team that should be able to pound most opponents at the line of scrimmage. It’s a veteran offensive line, and Taylor Lewan is one of the best left tackles in the country. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (1041 yards), who’s on the Maxwell Award watch list, is back for his junior year, and there’s depth behind him.


Naturally, what creates most of the highlight reel material in Ann Arbor is the play of do-everything quarterback Denard Robinson, who isn’t the most accurate passer in the world (just 55% last year), but had 20 touchdown passes and ran for sixteen more, with 1176 yards on the ground. He will certainly stretch the ‘Bama defense and gives it a challenge early in the schedule.


Speaking of the schedule, Michigan, which went 11-2 SU last year with a 9-4 record in college football betting, has road games at Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State, and that won’t be easy, although they are listed by BetAnySports as the favorite to win both the Big Ten’s Legends Division (+115) and the conference title itself (+220).



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