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Alabama’s ATS Record As Small Faves Is Not Great

The Alabama Crimson Tide have seemingly been on top of the college football world forever. No matter how many players graduate, no matter how many freshmen need to step into a big role, Alabama is always one of the best teams in the nation.

However, there is one area the team has struggled in for bettors, which is as a single-digit favorite. Since the start of the 2010 season, Alabama has been a single-digit fave 24 times. In those games, the Tide are a respectable 17-7 SU, but a mere 9-14-1 ATS.

The bulk of those losing ways came during a span that stretched from the end of the 2012 season to the start of the 2014 season when Alabama went 0-6-1 ATS as a single-digit favorite.

Nick Saban and company opened as 6.5-point favorites for their national championship game against Clemson. This is only the second time this season that Alabama will close as a single-digit fave, with the Tide beating LSU 10-0 as 7-point favorites earlier this year.

Alabama As Single-Digit Faves Since 2010 Season
DateOpponentBama Closing SpreadDid Bama Win?Did Bama Cover?
Nov 5, 2016LSU-7.0YesYes
Jan 11, 2016Clemson-6.5YesNo
Nov 14, 2015Miss. St-7.0YesYes
Nov 7, 2015LSU-7.5YesYes
Oct 17, 2015Texas A&M-5.0YesYes
Sept 19, 2015Ole Miss-9.0YesYes
Jan 1, 2015Ohio State-7.5NoNo
Nov 29, 2014Auburn-9.5YesYes
Nov 15, 2014Miss. St-9.0YesNo
Nov 8, 2014LSU-7.0YesPush
Oct 11, 2014Arkansas-9.0YesNo
Oct 4, 2014Ole Miss-4.5NoNo
Sept 14, 2013Texas A&M-8.5YesNo
Dec 1, 2012Georgia-9.0YesNo
Nov 3, 2012LSU-7.5YesNo
Jan 9, 2012LSU-2.5YesYes
Nov 5, 2011LSU-5.5NoNo
Oct 1, 2011Florida-4.0YesYes
Jan 1, 2011Mich. St-8.0YesYes
Nov 26, 2010Auburn-4.5NoNo
Nov 6, 2010LSU-7.0NoNo
Oct 9, 2010S. Carolina-7.0NoNo
Oct 2, 2010Florida-8.0YesNo
Sept 25, 2010Arkansas-7.0YesNo