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Alabama Looks For Back-To-Back National Championships

The Alabama Crimson Tide claimed their fourth National Championship in seven seasons by topping the Clemson Tigers last year. The Tide will be dealing with plenty of question marks heading into the 2016 season, but – if we’ve learned anything – you should never doubt Nick Saban.

2016 National Championship Odds

Alabama opened as the +600 favorites to win the National Championship in 2017 – a feat that would make them the first team to win back-to-back titles since ‘Bama did so in 2011-12.

First, they will need to make it to the semifinals, which means they can likely only lose one game this season. In the first two years of the new college football playoff format no team has made it to the playoffs with more than one loss on their record.

That’s easier said than done, as Alabama will face difficult challenges throughout the season – including games at Ole Miss, at Tennessee and at LSU.

SEC Championship Odds

The Crimson Tide are a large favorite to claim the SEC according to the odds, as the club has earned that distinction in three of the past four seasons. The SEC West is loaded with potential this season and making it to the SEC championship game out of that division is not going to be a simple task.

If ‘Bama wants to get past teams like LSU and Ole Miss in the West, they will need to settle the quarterback position. Cooper Bateman has the inside edge on the job, as the fourth-year junior has the size, arm and mechanics to get the job done. That being said, redshirt sophomore David Cornwell has been making noise during spring practice thanks to his huge frame and rocket arm.

Season Win Total

As odd as it may seem, Alabama’s season win total of 9.5 (-280/+185) is likely too low. The Tide haven’t won fewer than 10 games in a single season since 2007 – with their worst season in that span seeing the club go 10-3 in 2010.

If you look at Alabama’s schedule this season, there are approximately six games you can basically chalk up as victories now. That would theoretically mean the Tide would need to go 4-2 in their other six games to go OVER the win total – a very reasonable task for the perennial powerhouse.

Most Important Player: Whoever Is Playing Quarterback

We all know how great receiver Calvin Ridley is - as he had one of the best freshman years in recent memory – but who is getting him the ball? At this point, you need to assume Bateman gets that call, as Nick Saban clearly prefers experience - a redshirt senior had the starting duties the past two seasons.

Getting the ball in the hands of the receivers will be critical, as they averaged a combined 11.3 yards per catch last season. Bateman – or whoever starts – needs to be able to get the ball to his receivers quickly and let them work for YAC.

2016 Alabama Crimson TIde Futures Odds
MarketOdds
2016 National Championship+600
SEC Championship+175
Win Total9.5

Odds as of August 5 at Bovada

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