The first week of college football has one major clash of two big-time teams that will grab plenty of attention. The defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide will go up against the Michigan Wolverines in the game of the week that will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas.
Our Michigan preview has predicted that the Wolverines are a lock for a Big Ten title, and it all starts with this big game against Alabama. However it should be noted that when the college football predicted win totals were announced, Alabama led the way with an over/under of 10.5 wins on the upcoming season. Our 2012 Alabama preview suggests that might be an optimistic goal for this team.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke brings a very optimistic bunch into this opener led by the electric play of quarterback Denard Robinson. Robinson is a senior and will have plenty of experience coming into this game and he can break a big play with his feet as well. Last year he rushed for 2,878 yards and 30 touchdowns and this year he has a better team around him. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint amassed over 1,000 yards a year ago and if he can establish the run against the Tide it will open up the passing game for Robinson and allow him to create on the fly.
That is why it was stunning to see that the Crimson Tide opened up as 14 point favorites in this game. The line has since moved and you can bet on Alabama at BetOnline and get up to $900 in free plays on every deposit.
As long as Alabama has head coach Nick Saban at the helm they are going to field a team that has the potential to win the championship. Saban has his hands full this season in preparing for this game. The top rated defense lost nine players from the best defense in the country and this includes three top draft picks.
The Tide will be fine and they very well could win this game, but don’t look for them to cover a double digit spread. Michigan keeps this game close and betting on the dog will pay off in the season opener. Predicted Final: Alabama 24 Michigan 20
College Football Picks Against the Spread Week One: Michigan +11