Wichita State vs. AlabamaAlabama promises to be very good this year and they haven’t made the big dance since 2006. This year they probably will, behind the strong play and leadership of 6’8″ senior forward JaMychal Green. Green put up 15.5 points per game last year and 7.5 rebounds per game, despite being suspended early in the year. He is long and his speed will give other fowards a lot of trouble defensively, as he can step out and take a lot of other bigs to the hole. He shot over 50% from the floor last year and will see even more than the 27 minutes a game he saw last year this season. He’s teamed with a great point guard in Trevor Releford, a player who started from day 1 as a freshman. Last season, in that freshman year, he put up 11.0 points per game to go with 3.3 board per night and 3.3 assists. He made over 50% of his two point field goals and gets to the hole well for a guy that is only 6’0″ in sneakers.
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1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 5-0 (1) – The Crimson Tide is clearly the best team in the country. They had a hiccup against Arkansas, but followed that up with a thorough thrashing of a talented Florida squad. The ‘Bama defense played tremendous at the goal line. The offense did what it wanted against a top-notch defense. It’s hard to imagine this team losing, but then again, they should’ve lost to Arkansas. They get Steve Spurrier and South Carolina this week. Last week: Defeated Florida, 31-6. This week: at South Carolina (3-1).
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 4-0 (1) – Mighty Alabama just about fell to Arkansas. The Tide was down to the Hogs by 13 in the second half, but 2 Ryan Mallett interceptions and Alabama’s cool resolve ended in a 24-20 win. The champs don’t get any time to rest, though. They welcome the Gators to Tuscaloosa for another big game, and then have to travel to South Carolina. Last week: Defeated Arkansas, 24-20. This week: vs. Florida (4-0).
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 3-0 (1) – Mark Ingram came back in a big way, making the nation’s top team even better. The Tide won a laugher at Duke. But now Nick Saban has to take his team to Fayetteville, Arkansas to play a much tougher opponent. The winner has a leg up in the SEC West. Last year Alabama won easily, 35-7. Last week: Defeated Duke, 62-13. This week: at Arkansas (3-0).
After the second week of the college football season, it’s time to get some perspective on some teams. Some teams bounced back after a poor opening, while other teams validated their first week results. Yes, they are that bad or that good. Here is a breakdown of the early line moves. You can get a sense where the confidence lies with each team: If you dont feel like reading why the numbers are moving you can just visit the college football lines page and get up to date and opening point spreads for all of the games.
How many points are too much? When it comes the first two weeks of the college football season, the top teams are laying some big chalk. And guess what, they are covering a lot of the time. They may be called square bettors who lay the wood, but they are cashing tickets.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2-0 (1) – The Tide rolled over Penn State Saturday night. Mark Ingram’s injury hasn’t slowed down a balanced, powerful offensive attack. Trent Richardson ran especially well, totaling 144 rushing yards and averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Alabama should have no trouble with Duke, but the schedule gets tougher with a trip to Arkansas followed by a visit from Florida. Last week: Defeated Penn State, 24-3. This week: at Duke (1-1).
The Irish defense looked good against Purdue and that bodes well in betting against Michigan. The Wolverines are 0-6 ATS when they score fewer than 21 points over the past three seasons. Michigan is 2-11 ATS when they allow 28 or more points the past three seasons and 1-12 when they allow 10 or more yards per passing attempt since 1992.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1) – Alabama had no trouble with a weak, week 1 opponent. This week is a different story as the Tide welcomes the Penn State Nittany Lions into Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban vs. Joe Paterno. Will Mark Ingram play? Does it matter? Last week: Defeated San Jose State, 48-3. This week: vs. Penn State (1-0).
Here is a look and some of the biggest point spread moves from the opening lines put out last night by Bookmaker to what the market currently is offering today. As always you can view all the opening and current NCAA lines on our college football point spreads page.