College Football Betting Odds Suggest A Close LSU, Alabama Game
Published on December 6, 2011 by Vincent Tapoglia III
It did not take long after the college football bowl match-ups were announced for Las Vegas sports books to place their odds on which team will win the BCS title game. The game, a rematch of the regular season game between Alabama and LSU, has the Tigers as two point betting favorites.
LSU is the only team in the country that has not yet lost a game this season. They have answered each challenge that they have been presented with, one of which was going into Alabama and beating the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. This time around, the stadium will be much more Tigers-friendly, with the game being played at the Sugar Bowl in Louisiana.
The Crimson Tide, some may argue, were the better team in the first game between the two teams. Alabama missed several field goals that would have won the game in regulation, and they also made several key mistakes that cost them the game. Analysts have already been speaking to how there would be little shock in Alabama was to pull the upset this time around.
The biggest controversy this season came when Oklahoma State routed in-state rival Oklahoma in the final week of the regular season, and then was left out of the championship game. Alabama coach Nick Saban voted the Cowboys fourth in his final poll, contributing to keeping Oklahoma St. out of the title game.
Stanford is another team that believed they should have been in the championship game with only one loss. Oklahoma St. and Stanford will meet in the Fiesta Bowl, and that game is expected to be one of the highlights of bowl season. The betting line has not yet been released for this game, although the Cowboys are listed as a money-line favorite at some sports books.
Bowl season kicks off in just over a week when Wyoming takes on Temple. The Owls are seven point favorites in the game, and the total is forty-seven. Utah State is a three point favorite over Ohio, and San Diego State, a team that committed today to the Big East, is a five point favorite over Louisiana-Lafayette. All three games will be played on December 17th.
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