Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Week 1 Betting Picks
Posted by: Mike Davis
We’re all patiently awaiting the start of the 2019 college football betting season. Specifically, we’re waiting to see how Alabama bounces back from the humbling defeat they suffered in the National Championship. The Crimson Tide’s revenge tour will commence in August with the Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide matchup, which will take place at a neutral site. So what kind of predictions should players learning how to bet on sports make off of this Week 1 contest?
Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide – Saturday, August 31st
Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils finished last year’s action with a respectable 8-5 record that saw them post a not so respectable 3-5 record in ACC play. This lead to a 6th place ranking in the Coastal Division of the ACC but at least they finished higher than their rivals, UNC. All in all it was a slight step up from the 7-6 record the program had posted the year before. Thanks to getting 8-wins on the season, Duke was invited to the Independence Bowl in late December. There they faced the Temple Owls in a 56-27 blowout win. It was a great way to end the season and now Duke is hopeful they can build off that success in 2019. David Cutliffe will return as head coach, marking his 12th season with Duke.
Players to Watch: Quentin Harris (437 passing yards, 7 TD, 1 INT), Deon Jackson (847 rushing yards, 7 TD, 5.3 AVG), and Chris Taylor (604 receiving yards, 5 TD, 51 REC).
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Tide are coming off an extremely humbling 16-44 loss to Clemson in the NCAA title game. Coming off that loss, it’s tough to determine what heights Bama will rise to this season. All in all, they’re extremely talented and have a too good of a coach to have a letdown season. The college football betting odds are pegging them as massive favorites against Duke and the Crimson Tide should have no problem beating up on the Blue Devils. Last season Saban’s squad posted a 14-1 record only losing in the championship game.
Players to Watch: Tua Tagovailoa (3,966 passing yards, 43 TD, 6 INT), Najee Harris (4 TD, 783 rushing yards, 6.7 AVG), and Jerry Jeudy (876 receiving yards, 14 TD, 68 REC).
Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Numbers
Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Picks
So which side should legal betting fans take in this Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide matchup? All things considered, Alabama is the only way to bet. The only thing you have to do is determine which lines offer the best value. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Moneyline: The moneyline doesn’t offer too much value here due to the steep odds. Alternatively you can increase the value by making a parlay off of this game.
ATS: This offers better vig but it requires a massive blowout win from Alabama. All in all, it’s more than likely Bama gets it. After all, they have a good track record against the spread in recent years.
Score Prediction: 42-7 Alabama.