Alabama Crimson Tide Season Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide head into the 2012 NCAA football season as the defending National Champions. The only blemish they had last season was a 6-9 loss to LSU in November but they avenged this in style crushing LSU in the BCS Championship game. Many wonder if they have what it takes to make a legitimate run at a repeat.
According to the oddsmakers at America's Bookie, Alabama has been given +450 odds to win the BCS National Championship. The Tide is listed with +150 odds to win the SEC Conference Championship this season. QB A.J. McCarron has +2000 odds to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.
There will be some big holes to fill to make it back to the big dance, but if anybody can do it Saban can. Gone is former Heisman candidate Trent Richardson. Alabama seems to find a way to replace those stud running backs. Remember people worried when they lost Heisman winner Mark Ingram the year before? Richardson stepped in and they didn’t skip a beat. They took quite a hit on the defense losing DB Dre Kirkpatrick, linebackers Don’t’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, and safety Mark Barron. They recruited well once again, but the defense will be the crucial question mark going into the season. Last year’s unit was about as formidable as I’ve ever seen in college football.
A.J. McCarron will be returning at quarterback and that is going to be a big plus having a leader behind center that already has a title under his belt. Eddie Lacy will be called upon at running back to step up and be the man. I don’t see any problem there. He will be doing exactly what Richardson did last year following Ingram, and he definitely has the skills to get the job done. Lacy rushed for 674 years, 7 yards per carry and 7 touchdowns in his sophomore season. McCarron is a solid QB and will thrive with a strong running game. They lost some good receivers but recruited well and do have some guys with experience returning. Which means that they are really going succeed they will need Lacy to grind out those yards so McCarron can open up the passing game. If anything I think the offense will be a little better this year.
With the losses on defense it is going to be up to senior DB Robert Lester and senior linebacker Nico Johnson to lead the squad. Lester had 39 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2011. Johnson had 46 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Also keep an eye on sophomore DB Vinnie Sunseri.
While they should be heavily favored, they do start the season against Michigan in Arlington, Texas. They will then travel to Arkansas in week 3 which is always a tough place to play. If they can make it unscathed until the LSU game in November they will definitely be in a position to repeat. Beating LSU would be huge but they will have to focus and not have a letdown as Texas A&M comes to Tuscaloosa the following Saturday.
Whether they repeat or not, they definitely deserve to be considered as strong contenders for the National Championship. From a bettor’s angle, beware large point spreads in their favor. I hate to use the “D” word but it can definitely be argued that Nick Saban is building a dynasty down in Tuscaloosa.
2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule:
Sept. 1: vs. Michigan* (at Arlington, Tex.)
Sept. 8: Western Kentucky
Sept. 15: at Arkansas
Sept. 22: Florida Atlantic
Sept. 29: Mississippi
Oct. 6: Open Date
Oct. 13: at Missouri
Oct. 20: at Tennessee
Oct. 27: Mississippi State
Nov. 3: at LSU*
Nov. 10: Texas A&M*
Nov. 17: Western Carolina
Nov. 24: Auburn*
BCS National Championship Odds: +450
SEC Conference Championship Odds: +150
Heisman Trophy Odds: AJ McCarron (Quarterback) +2000
Odds provided by America's Bookie
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