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Alabama Massive Betting on College Football Favorite vs. Duke

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Duke Blue Devils vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide betting preview and odds

Above all college football gets its share of criticism for its consistently weak lineup of non-conference games.  Among the most lopsided betting on college football matchups could be Duke and Alabama.  The Crimson Tide are picked roll towards another College Football Playoff.  By contrast Duke will be a marginal bowl team that is trying to break in a new starting quarterback.  So, a seventh bowl berth in eight seasons is going to be a challenge.  Alabama has a revamped coaching staff after last year’s flop in the national championship game.  Nick Saban is obsessed with getting Bama back on top.

Duke Blue Devils vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide  

When:Saturday, August 31, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where:Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Stream:Watch ESPN

Duke vs. Alabama BetNow Sportsbook Odds

Duke +33½ (-110)57 (-110)+6000
Alabama-33½ (-110)57 (-110)-15000
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Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Overview

Last season Duke finished 8-5 straight up, 7-6 against the spread with seven overs.  However the Blue Devils lost four of their last six betting on college football regular season matchups.  Their struggles in Atlantic Coast Conference games was indicative of their lack of depth and defense.  Alabama finished 14-1 straight up, 8-7 against the line with only five unders.  Most important of all was a 44-16 loss in the national championship game to Clemson.  Saban was enraged with his assistant coaches after the loss.  New offensive and defensive coordinators lead a near totally made over staff.

Duke Rebuilds

Namely all eyes will be on Duke’s fifth year senior quarterback Quentin Harris.  In two seasons as a backup Harris as an 8/1 touchdown to interception ratio.  Head coach David Cutcliffe considers Harris a sports betting asset that can step right into action.   To illuminate Harris’ familiarity with the offensive system inspires confidence.

Roll Tide

Now Alabama has a new sense of purpose and focus for the 2019 season.  Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had his code cracked in the loss to Clemson.  Steve Sarkisian returns to the Tide to coordinate the offense.  Tua should have among the best receiver corps in the land to work with.  Despite the bad finish he still posted a 199.5 passer rating with 43 touchdown throws in 2018.

Duke Blue Devils and Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Trends

The Blue Devils are: 

13-5 vs. the line as a road dog

1-7 under the total getting points away from home

6-4 vs. the odds as a road dog of 20 or more points

2-4-1 under the total getting 20 or more points away from home

Against the spread in games with Alabama Duke is 1-1

2-0 over the total in matchups with the Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide are:

10-5 vs. the odds as a road favorite

4-5 under the total laying points away from home

9-3 against the spread as a road chalk of 20 or more points

9-3 over the total laying 20 or more points away from home

Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Picks

A clear difference exists in this betting on college football matchup.  Duke is hoping to get into a minor bowl.  Counter to that is Alabama’s expectation to win the national championship.

Duke vs. Alabama Betting on College Football SEC Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide

Duke vs. Alabama Betting on College Football Score Prediction:  Alabama 49, Duke 10

Check out 2018 highlights of Alabama Heisman Hopeful Tua Tagovailoa!