Alabama Crimson Tide Football: 2018 Betting Preview, Season Win Total, Championship Odds
Alabama Crimson Tide 2018 Betting Preview
National Title Odds: +200 See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide have made the national championship each of the last three years and have won it twice. It’s no wonder Nick Saban and company are the favorites to win it yet again in 2018. Whether you hate or love this college football juggernaut, there could be some value betting wise this season with the Crimson Tide.
Unlike past years where Alabama is breaking in a quarterback nobody has ever heard of, the Tide have two reliable options in Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa led Alabama to victory in the big game, showing he has ice water in his veins and threw for three touchdowns. Hurts was the starter last season, and while had his struggles, he still completed 60 percent of his passes and had 17 touchdown passes to just one interception. Alabama has depth at the most important position for the first time in a while, which already puts this squad ahead of the curve and that’s a scary thing for the rest of the field.
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Alabama does lose a ton at the wide receiver position, but the offense gets a boost with running back Damien Harris turning down the NFL draft and returning as a 1,000-yard rusher. Harris, Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris give the Tide a stable of talented running backs. Alabama did lose explosive receiver Calvin Ridley, but a trio of returning freshmen in Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith saw plenty of playing time last season and combined for 11 receiving touchdowns. Alabama also returns four of its five starting offensive linemen, which is also a plus.
Needless to say, the Alabama Crimson Tide may not have the offensive talent they had in years past, but the depth at every position is insane. This will be a tough unit to stop this season and could be more consistent than the team that averaged 37.1 points last year.
Defensively, Alabama lost a ton across the board. Whether you look at the top two tacklers in Rashaan Evans and Ronnie Harrison, the big boys up front in Da'Shawn Hand and Da'Ron Payne, or the playmaking defensive back Levi Wallace. Every part of the defense you look, Alabama will be reloading. But it’s just that; reloading.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost key defensive players to graduation or the NFL draft each year, and they’ve still had a top-three defense in college football the last three seasons. There’s no reason to think this year will be different.
Raekwon Davis saw a lot of playing time last year and led the Tide with 8.5 sacks. Anfernee Jennings had 5.5 tackles for loss in his final two games and will see more consistent playing time. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson saw enough playing time to think they’ll be fine at inside linebacker, and Trevon Diggs is a playmaking defensive back who will thrive with a year under his belt. Deionte Thompson also stepped up big at safety late in the year in replace of Hootie Jones and could end up being one of the top players in the country at his position. Alabama never rebuilds defensively, it reloads. There’s zero concern with this team on defense.
With the depth on offense and the playmaking ability on defense, along with a coaching staff that has its team prepared better than any in the country, it’s hard to make a case against the Crimson Tide being the team to beat in college football.
Alabama also gets to play Louisville without Lamar Jackson, and Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn at home this season. The schedule isn’t the most difficult thing in the world.
There’s a lot to like with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama Makes Playoffs: Yes -240 / No +180
Alabama Wins National Title: Yes +200 / No -240 I’ll obviously have my fair share of future bets as long shots and hedging purposes, but there’s no reason to turn down Alabama and a chance to make two times your money. The Crimson Tide are easily the best and deepest team in college football, and the schedule isn’t difficult. You’re not going to get a better price with the Tide at any point in the year, so if you like this team, you’re better off betting it now than later in the year. However, most of you know that I like to get big odds when placing future bets, as I want a decent payout when my money is tied up for several months.