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Tide’s time as betting favorite stretches waaay back

Alabama head coach Saban is doused with Gatorade after they defeated Notre Dame in the NCAA National Championship college football game in Miami AP

As Ben pointed out last week, the fact that Alabama is a very early betting favorite in their season opener against Virginia Tech is far from surprising, although the Tide as a whopping 22-point favorite is certainly an eye opener.

What may come as a surprise to some/most is just how long the Tide has been a darling of the degenerates.

According to Don Kausler of, and if that way-too-early line holds, it would mark the 42nd consecutive game in which the two-time defending BCS champions have entered as the favorite.  The last time the Tide went in as an underdog?  Florida was a 4.5-point favorite in the 2009 SEC championship game; the Tide won 32-13 a month before claiming the first of three BCS titles under Nick Saban.

In the past 41 games in which the Tide was the favorite, they’ve gone 36-5.  It’s unclear in how many of those 41 games the Tide has covered the spread.  In the six season openers under Saban, however, Alabama has covered the spread — and most times easily covered it — five times; the only time they didn’t came in Saban’s first opener against Western Carolina in 2007, a game for which there was no line.

The Tide, expected to open the 2013 season No. 1, will face the Hokies in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Aug. 31 in the Georgia Dome.

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7 Responses to “Tide’s time as betting favorite stretches waaay back”
  1. tlmoon2112 says: May 2, 2013 7:42 AM

    Roll Turd

  2. amosalanzostagg says: May 2, 2013 9:54 AM

    Bama envy is so enjoyable to see. Hey, we had our share of bad coaches (Shula, et al), so why can’t we enjoy a successful run while it is happening? The run will be over soon enough and then the sharp knives will come out and say Bama got what it deserved.

    Enjoy life, it is way too short.

  3. sportsfaninyyc says: May 2, 2013 11:13 AM

    Undefeated again this year!!

  4. tlmoon2112 says: May 3, 2013 9:53 AM

    The only people who actually think everyone envies Alabama are Alabama’s fans. The narcissism inherent in the statement “Bama envy is enjoyable” is so self evident that the only way to miss it is to be in denial, which most Alabama fans LIVE IN. NORMAL AMERICANS who love college football don’t want to be Harvey Updyke, Brian Downing or this guy:

    These are the faces of Alabama sports in NORMAL AMERICA.

  5. rolltide510 says: May 3, 2013 3:56 PM

    tlmoon2112 so so mad.

  6. bamamay453 says: May 3, 2013 4:42 PM

    tlmoon2112 envious of a successful football program. You must have blinders on Alabama is not the only team in the NCAA football that has had problem players. Where have you beem tlmoon asleep at the wheel ROLL TIDE

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 3, 2013 4:55 PM

    sportsfaninyyc says:
    May 2, 2013 11:13 AM
    Undefeated again this year!!


    You know Bama didn’t go undefeated last year…. or the year before….

    Last undefeated season was ’09.

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