Not only does this Saturday mark the day the 2012 NCAA season begins in earnest, it pits a pair of national contenders against one another, serving to usher in the new campaign in style. Early college football odds give the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide a considerable edge in their debut against the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, but are oddsmakers taking the Big Ten threat too lightly?
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The Tide won the National Championship last season, that much we know for sure. The lofty preseason expectations that follow them into their Week 1 tilt, though, go far beyond the opening day game.
According to the NCAA line, Alabama has some of the best odds of winning the BCS in the country. The Wolverines, in addition to their status as favorites in the Big Ten, are also poised to make noise in the AP polls, only not as much.
Michigan may not have the recent track record that the SEC powerhouse Crimson Tide does, but the +14 spread they’ve been handicapped with for the Saturday tilt seems a touch stingy. Expect Denard Robinson, the rushing/passing/everything threat that anchors the Wolverines attack, to be at his finest this weekend. If and when that happens, buckle up. Nothing would shake the college football betting community like an Alabama loss on Day 1.
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