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Alabama vs Michigan: Double Digit Odds

In a great opening weekend inter-sectional matchup Alabama's Crimson Tide begins defense of its national championship of last season when it takes on the Big Ten's Michigan Wolverines on a neutral field at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Saturday night.

The Tide, which only has 11 starters back, is favored by 13 points over Big Blue, which returns 13 starters after going 11-2 last year.

And they were consistent cover machines in 2011, despite facing many huge point spreads.

View Michigan vs Alabama Odds and Stats.

Alabama vs Michigan betting Line: The visitors opened as 11-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes but was bet up to -13. The total was hovering around 45 over at TopBet earlier this week.

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on turf are 9-1
After being outgained are 4-6
When favored on the road are 5-5

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When an underdog at home are 2-8

A few Wolverines at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Michigan is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan's last 7 games
Alabama is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games

Next up:
Michigan home to Air Force, Saturday, September 8
Alabama home to Western Kentucky, Saturday, September 8