College Football Preview: Virginia Tech vs. (1) Alabama
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When the college football season kicks off all eyes will be on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Head coach Nick Saban has built a dynasty in Tuscaloosa and they have reloaded once again as they attempt to make a run for another National Championship. Standing in their way of a perfect season in week one is the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Odds: As far as the college football odds are concerned, Alabama is the favorite to win everything. They are favored to win the SEC West, they are favored to win the SEC and they are favored to win the National Championship. So it goes without saying that they are favored to win the game in week one against the Hokies.
The odds for this game opened with the Crimson Tide as (-17.5) point favorites over the Hokies. With the raising popularity of Alabama, the early betting money has poured in on the favorite and that number can now be found at (-20.5) if not higher, at some of the top-rated online sportsbooks.
The Tide always comes equipped with the best players in the country. Quarterback A.J. McCarron leads an offense back on to the field that he is very familiar with, as he becomes one of the most successful quarterbacks in school history.
One of McCarron’s top pass-catchers Amani Cooper will be back in the fold but without Eddie Lacy out of the backfield and a revamped offensive line, the Tide may take a few games to find their rhythm. The same can be said on defense.
The Tide is always among the top teams in the country when it comes to defense, but the secondary is thin and has no depth coming into this game. Saban will have his team ready and by week five they will once again be a well-oiled machine, but Virginia Tech may be able to take advantage of the early adjustments by the Alabama coaching staff.
Although the Hokies would love to pull off the upset, head coach Frank Beamer has seen his Hokies team fall on tough times of late. After years of dominating the ACC and the college football rankings, they managed to finish a lackluster 4-4 in the ACC a year ago.
Mobile quarterback Logan Thomas returns to lead the offense but will need improved play from the offensive line. It also should be noted that Thomas lost many of his weapons. Gone are playmakers Marcus Davis, Corey Fuller and Dyrell Roberts, leaving sophomore Demetri Knowles (19 receptions, 240 yards, one TD) as the top returning receiver. That is not exactly the type of offense that can beat a Tide defense.
The trends show that the Crimson Tide are 10-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 14 non-conference games and the Hokies are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
If Alabama hopes to win another national title it all starts with this game against the Hokies.