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Betting Odds Say Bama Not Favored in All Games. Who to Watch

Las Vegas odds makers are usually pretty good. This year the Crimson Tide isn’t favored in all their games. See who is predicted to give the Tide the most trouble.

For the first time in a long while, Alabama is not favored to win every game. (Photo by thebiglead.com)

Betting Odds Say Bama Not Favored in All Games. Who to Watch.

By: Larry Burton

Most Alabama fans have heard that Alabama is favored by most Las Vegas betting houses to be in this coming year’s national playoffs along with Ohio State, favored as the number one pick and TCU, Florida State and Auburn are the other top favored teams.

But now, at least one betting house, The famous Gold Nugget, has put out odds on nine of Alabama’s regular season games and the Tide is not favored to win all their games as they usually are.

According to the Gold Nugget, the Georgia Bulldogs are an even money bet to beat the Crimson Tide in their 2015 contest. So Georgia is thought to be the Tide’s toughest test and here are the other teams in order of difficulty the Alabama team will face in their regular season schedule. Below are  the teams and point spreads Alabama is favored to win by at this point in time.

2. Auburn – Nov. 28th – Alabama by 3.5

3. Texas A&M – Oct. 17 – Alabama by 7

4. Arkansas – Oct. 10 – Alabama by 7.5

5. (tie) LSU – Nov. 7 – and Mississippi State – Nov. 14th – Alabama by 9

6. Ole Miss – Sept. 19 – Alabama by 9.5

7. (tie) Wisconsin – Sept. 5 – and Tennessee – by Oct. 24 – Alabama by 10

If you want to read something strange into these odds, consider this: In all the projections for a national championship winner, no one has Georgia ranked higher than Auburn, but here at least, the Gold Nugget, one of the oldest and usually more accurate sports books, has Georgia with higher odds of beating Alabama than Auburn in head to head contests in the regular season.

As for odds for winning the national championship, according to Bovada and published in Odds Shark, odds provider for CBS and Fox Sports and more are as follows: (SEC teams in red)

  • Ohio State 7/2
  • Alabama 7/1
  • TCU 10/1
  • Auburn 12/1
  • Florida State 14/1
  • USC 18/1
  • Baylor 20/1
  • Notre Dame 20/1
  • Clemson 22/1
  • Oregon 22/1
  • Georgia 25/1
  • LSU 25/1
  • Michigan State 25/1
  • Oklahoma 25/1
  • Stanford 33/1
  • Texas A&M 33/1
  • UCLA 33/1
  • Arkansas 40/1
  • Michigan 40/1
  • Mississippi 40/1
  • Tennessee 50/1
  • Arizona State 66/1
  • Florida 66/1
  • Mississippi State 66/1
  • Nebraska 66/1
  • Oklahoma State 66/1
  • Texas 66/1
  • Miami 75/1
  • Wisconsin 75/1
  • Arizona 100/1
  • Georgia Tech 100/1
  • Louisville 100/1
  • Missouri 100/1
  • Penn State 100/1
  • South Carolina 100/1
  • Utah 100/1
  • Virginia Tech 100/1
  • Washington 100/1
  • Boise State 200/1
  • BYU 200/1
  • Kansas State 200/1
  • Texas Tech 200/1
  • West Virginia 250/1
  • North Carolina 300/1
  • Boston College 500/1
  • California 500/1
  • Cincinnati 500/1
  • Duke 500/1
  • Iowa 500/1
  • Marshall 500/1
  • Maryland 500/1
  • Minnesota 500/1
  • Northwestern 500/1
  • Oregon State 500/1
  • Pittsburgh 500/1
  • Rutgers 500/1
  • South Florida 500/1
  • UCF 500/1

That puts nine SEC teams in the projected top 25 with best odds to win. That just proves that it’s going to be an interesting SEC season with lots of upset possibilities.

 

Larry has been published in almost every media outlet for college sports and now primarily writes here for Touchdown Alabama. Follow Larry on Twitter for inside thoughts and game time comments at  https://twitter.com/LBSportswriter
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