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There is no doubt that the most looked-forward to game of the opening week in college football takes place in Dallas on Saturday night. The defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Michigan Wolverines in a top-10 showdown of conference favorites in 2012.
The Tide come in to 2012 having won two national championships in the last three seasons, helping to extend the SEC’s reign over college football to six-straight.
But there isn’t any doubt that the game against the Wolverines will go a long way in determining the fate of both programs to start the year.
For Michigan, it’s Heisman Trophy candidate Denard Robinson who will have to play great in this game and all season long for the Wolverines to achieve their goals. But going into the 2012 opener, Michigan finds themselves in the role of the underdog, despite being the No.8 ranked team in the nation. Of course, when you play the No.2 teams in the country, that’s just the way it goes.
But for this betting line, it seems pretty big. Alabama has been set as the assertive favorites over Michigan, going off at 14 points on Week 1 College Football betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook.
Clearly oddsmakers expect Alabama to pick up right where they left off, and wreak havoc defensively on Robinson and the Wolverines.
The game will be on Robinson’s shoulders, as the stride and improvements he made, if any, during the offseason in the passing game will need to be on full display. Robinson has definitely proven that he is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country with his legs, but struggled in the passing game. He threw the most interceptions in the Big Ten last season. And you can bet Nick Saban has watched many hours of tape on him.
Getting back to the betting line, the Crimson Tide will need to win by at least 15 points over the Wolverines to cover. Michigan gets the cover with a loss by 13 points or less. If you are a bettor who likes getting some points, this could be your match up for the week.
The opening game for teams is always a wildcard, and we never really know how they will come out and perform.
Either way, this game will have many eyes glued to the tv.
Alabama and Michigan kick off at 8pm ET on Saturday night on ABC. Check out these betting odds and more below.