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Alabama vs. Florida State Point Spread: NCAA Odds and Prediction

Alabama vs. Florida State Point Spread: NCAA Odds and Prediction

This game should decide the Big XII title and a potential playoff berth.

And, yes, everybody will forget about this game by the end of the year. We hope you take down the sportsbooks and count your money. The excitement surrounding USC's Sam Darnold, or Player A, has gone too far as he's shifted to plus-250 (risking $1 to win $2.50) in Heisman odds. Most of the college football-centric media hype is focused squarely on the Alabama-FSU game, fans know plenty of other compelling matchups are out there.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide and No. 3 FSU meet in the first-ever opening matchup of preseason Top-3 teams since The Associated Press began ranking in 1950.

This year, Stokan's event is slated for the recently completed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where No. 1 Alabama will meet No. 3 Florida State. That was a 2015 game at Georgia, and the Tide crushed the Bulldogs that day.

Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer, SEC Country's daily Alabama athletics recap, but we'll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Two teams with aspirations of being division champs of their conferences look to see what they have.

Both defenses could have key advantages in this one. There may be three past, current or future All-Americans on the offensive line.

The payout is similarly subdued for teams like Auburn (plus-1300) and Georgia (plus-850) in a contingency wager for Alabama getting upset late in the season.

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For Tide senior middle linebacker Rashaan Evans, there are more similarities between Francois and the last dual-threat quarterback the Tide faced - Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Louisville has to rid itself of the mystery of last season's late collapse. If Georgia Tech can force Tennessee to pass the ball more, the Yellow Jackets are in a better position to earn a victory as Tech's secondary has a lot of experience and depth. Along with Watson, the Tigers graduated a significant amount of their starters and look to reload (more like rebuild) for what will be a tough act to follow from previous year. But if FSU gets involved, Jimbo Fisher's program will insert itself into the thick of the race. This is another example, as they will travel to one of the game's great cathedrals in Neyland Stadium. And it might merely be Part 1, with Part 2 coming in the playoff four months down the road. We say "annoying" in the nicest way possible, of course.

The 4½-point-underdog Gators have 10 players - take a bow, fellas - suspended for the opener in Arlington, Texas.

His players certainly seem eager for kickoff to arrive. Very quietly, the Rams have put together four consecutive winning seasons in spite of Jim McElwain leaving for Florida. Wolverines by a touchdown. That adds up to a lot of trouble for opposing offenses. They can throw it, they can catch it, they can run with it, they can defend, they can cover.

By and large, you can't really argue with the results of the College Football Playoff system. No. 22 West Virginia (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 7) in Landover, Md., could provide the kind of last-team-with-the-football-wins moment that's remembered all season.

Jalen Hurts is already accustomed to these kinds of games. Four-point-favorite Hokies in overtime. They're off this week before stepping up to face Georgia Tech at 11:30 a.m. on September 9 in Atlanta.

Bryant arrived at Clemson from Calhoun Falls, about an hour's drive from campus, and was among the top prep quarterbacks in SC when he signed with Tigers. Sumlin 27, Mora 24. Huskers struggle some, but it's nothing a couple of tack-on scores won't fix. Since that's the situation for Florida State, you know this is also true: Should the Crimson Tide do the improbable by losing Saturday night, they'll shrug, and then they'll recall what they've done three times under Saban. You have to be on your Ps and Qs when you play against him.

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