Alabama Improves to 15-0 SU and 13-2 ATS in Nick Saban’s Season Openers

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  • Alabama defeated Miami on Saturday to improve to 15-0 SU and 13-2 ATS in season openers during the Nick Saban eraa.
  • 93% of the betting tickets and 96% of the betting money at the Moneyline were wagered on the Crimson Tide.
  • The Crimson Tide remained as the -260 odds on favorite to win the 2022 CFB National Championship.

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide are not the no. 1 team in college football for nothing. No. 15 Miami learned it the hard way on Saturday.

Alabama cruised to an easy 44-13 win in their first game of the season. The Tide not only reinforced their position as college football’s top team but also solidified their status as the team that opposing teams want to avoid playing against in season openers.

The Crimson Tide entered Saturday 14-0 SU and 12-2 ATS with an average winning margin of 28.7 points per game in their 14 opening games under Nick Saban. They were also 9-0 SU and 9-1 ATS in 10 neutral-field openers under Saban. Alabama also entered Saturday with a 6-0 ATS record and an average winning margin of 23.7 points per game in season openers against ranked teams. They were also 7-0 ATS as non-conference favorites of 20 or fewer points.

Because of that, the Tide are also a team that bettors hammer heavily during Week 1 of the College Football season and that was the case this weekend.

The game between Alabama and Miami was the most popular game on Saturday at the Caesars Sportsbook in terms of dollars wagered against the spread. The Crimson Tide took 70% of the betting tickets and 75% of the betting handle at -19.5 points at the spread line. Despite being a heavy +1200 favorite at the Moneyline, they also owned 93% of the slips and 96% of the dollars wagered for that game.

Bryce Young’s Dominant First Half

Alabama’s Heisman Trophy candidate QB Bryce Young had an auspicious first half in his CFB debut with 201 yards and 3 TDs on 19/27 passing. At the half, ‘Bama had already covered the game’s 19.5-point spread with a 27-3 lead. Young would finish the game with 344 yards and 4 TDs on 27/38 passing to become the first Alabama QB to throw 4 TD passes in his CFB debut.

Young didn’t just play well on Friday night, he delivered the big plays as he went 8/10 for 150 passing yards with two touchdowns on third-down plays. He also surpassed the CFB debuts of the three previous high-profile Alabama starters ( now NFL QBs) before him:

Young began the season tied with DJ Uiagalelei at +900 to win the Heisman Trophy with only Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler having shorter odds at +650 at DraftKings. With Rattler going 30/39 for 304 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT and Uiagalelei with 178 yards with 1 INT on 19/37 in their respective 2021 debuts, a reshuffling at the best college football betting sites may be due next week.

Alabama Still +260 to Win the National Title But…

Georgia was the biggest mover in the CFB championship odds boards after Saturday’s games. The Bulldogs, who opened at +800, were at +600 before their season opener and improved to +500 after beating Clemson. Alabama remained at +260 after beating Miami but not only did Bryce Young prove he is Heisman-worthy, the Tide also displayed why they are the early favorites to win a second consecutive CFB title.

Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and USC are the only schools to repeat as National Champions but the Tide are the only program to accomplish the feat twice.

Saban has admitted that repeating this season would be difficult because the 2021 team does not have the continuity that the 1978 and 2011 Crimson Tide teams had. But if Saturday night’s dismantling of Miami was an indication, Saban may be too conservative or is just playing coy.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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