Alabama Crimson Tide
14-0, 9-5 ATS, 1st Place in SEC West
Odds to Win 2010 BCS Championship: +600
Odds to Win SEC 6/5
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HC Nick Saban knew when he took the job in Tuscaloosa that he was only a few years away from turning the Alabama Crimson Tide into a juggernaut in the NCAA football betting world. He finally capped it all off last season with a perfect year, finalized with a National Championship over the Texas Longhorns 37-21. The Tide have their issues this year, but all in all, it seems like this is once again the nation's team to beat.
Offensive Outlook: All of the big names are back on offense for the Tide. Quarterback Greg McElroy returns with his full cast of wide receivers in Julio Jones, Marquis Maze, and of course, the ever versatile RB Mark Ingram. Also keep an eye on Trent Richardson, who enters his sophomore year as the running back behind Ingram. Richardson accounted for 751 yards and eight scores last year to go with Ingram’s 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Look for the Tide's offense to keep on rolling this year.
Defensive Outlook: Most of the big names have also returned for the nation’s second best defense. The defensive line won’t be a problem, as several underclassmen are returning. In the backfield, DB Mark Barron led the Tide with seven interceptions last year and will have higher expectations with the loss of DB Javier Arenas. Arenas is the only key loss for this squad defensively. He contributed with five interceptions, but more importantly, fans and college football betting aficionados alike will miss his kickoff return average of 29.0 yards. He was also the only player to see significant time at returning punts.
The Final Word: The Crimson Tide were unbeaten last year with 66 freshmen and sophomores to just 16 juniors and 15 seniors. The offense averaged 403.0 yards and 32.1 points per game last year and can only get better. The defense was second in the nation, giving up just 11.7 points per game. As things stand, Alabama will continue to dominate week in and week out not just in the SEC, but on the national stage.
2010 Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction: 12-0, 1st place in SEC West
2010 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule
9/4 vs. San Jose State
9/11 vs. Penn State
9/18 @ Duke
9/25 @ Arkansas
10/2 vs. Florida
10/9 @ South Carolina
10/16 vs. Mississippi
10/23 @ Tennessee
11/6 @ LSU
11/13 vs. Mississippi State
11/20 vs. Georgia State
11/26 vs. Auburn
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