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Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Week 1 Betting Picks

Posted by: Mike Davis
Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

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

When: 2:30 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: ABC
Stream: ABC Sports

Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Duke +31½ (-110) +5500
Alabama -31½ (-110) -13500
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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

Trends

  • Duke Blue Devils
    • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Duke’s last 6 games.
    • 11-5 SU in their last 16 games.
    • 1-9 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Southeast conference.
    • 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games played in week 1.
    • 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games when playing as the underdog.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide

    • 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
    • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama’s last 5 games.
    • 16-1 SU in their last 17 games.
    • 7-0 SU in their last 7 games played in August.
    • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama’s last 5 games when playing as the favorite.
    • 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games played in week 1.

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.

TOTALs: N/A

Score Prediction: 42-7 Alabama.