College Football Betting Scopes out FSU vs. Alabama
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Alabama Crimson Tide enter the 2017 season as college football betting favorites to win the title. It’s not the most alarming NCAA sportsbook line, especially when considering just how ferocious the Crimson Tide’s defense is. Granted, they did get carved up in the championship game, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t manhandle 99.9% of the teams in the nation. The only problem facing Alabama is the lack of a superstar at the quarterback position. Will they be able to be competitive without one? We’ll get our first glimpse at this answer in September, when Alabama face off against a worthy opponent: the Florida State Seminoles. Let’s take a look at what football betting sites have to say about this contest.
Florida State Seminoles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Sat., Sept. 2nd
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz, Stadium
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Florida State Seminoles +7 (-120) 49 (-110) +220
Alabama Crimson Tide -7 (EV) 49 (-110) -260
Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles delivered a 10-3 (5-3 ACC) record for the 2016 season, making it two years in a row that the program finished 10-3. With that record, the Seminoles managed to finish 3rd in the Atlantic Division, behind Clemson and Louisville. At the end of the season, Florida State triumphed over rival the Florida Gators 31-13, giving their fans ample reasons to celebrate. The Seminoles came out on top once again in the Orange Bowl, where they faced No. 6 Michigan and won a close match 33-32.
This upcoming season, Florida State will have to contend with quite a few losses. Key running back Dalvin Cook has left for the NFL, as well as defensive end DeMarcus Walker, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson and cornerback Marquez White.
Jimbo Fisher will do the best he can to lead this program – despite the sizable losses, in his 8th year as head coach (11th season overall with Florida State). Fisher is joined by co-offensive coordinators Lawrence Dawsey (4th year at the position) and Randy Sanders (4th year as well).
Alabama Crimson Tide
The 2017 college football betting favorites to win the national title are coming off a 14-1 record (8-0 in SEC play) that saw the program compete for a chance to compete for back-to-back titles. Alabama finished 1st in the East Division and competed against No. 15 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama came to play in that game and pummeled the Gators 54-16. In the Peach Bowl, and the 1st round of the College Football Playoffs, the Crimson Tide defeated No. 4 Washington 24-7. However, when it mattered most, Alabama came up short against No. 2 Clemson 31-35 in the NCAA championship match.
Like the Seminoles, the Crimson Tide also has their fair share of losses to overcome. Alabama lost a total of 23 senior football players to graduation, and 4 notable starters to the NFL draft. Additionally, four players have left for miscellaneous reasons.
Nick Saban returns to lead the program in his 11th season at the helm. Saban has brought in a pair of new offensive coordinators; Brian Daboll and Mike Locksley.