There is always a lot of excitement among NCAAF lines and the college football community when the opening week of the new season comes around, but the 2017 season may be one that people have been anticipating more than most. The reason this is the case is because of the Week 1 match-up between the Florida State Seminoles at the Alabama Crimson Tide at the shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night. There is no way to know how things are going to play out this season, but there is a good chance that this may well end up being a preview of a playoff match-up down the lone. Hence, make sure to take a quick look at the betting lines for this college football game.Of course, that will only happen if the loser of this one ends up being perfect the rest of the way, which makes this game all the more intriguing. Can Nick Saban rally his troops and get over the fact that they lost the National Championship to Clemson in dramatic fashion last season. Can Florida State take another big step forward and get back to how good they are when Jameis Winston was the man under center a few years back? We won’t get all the answers on Saturday night, but I’m pretty sure we are going to get a game to remember.
NCAA Football Lines Week 1: FSU Seminoles vs. Alabama Crimson TideWhen: Saturday, September 2 at 8 PM ESTWhere: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AtlantaTV: ABCRadio: WWOF 103.1 FM(FSU) / Tide 102.9 FM (Alabama)Live Stream: WatchESPNNCAAF Lines: Alabama Crimson Tide -7 (-105)Weather Forecast
- Clear: 24°C/75°F
- Humidity: 53%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 2%
- Wind: 7 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Retractable
Why Bet on Florida State Seminoles?It can be reasonably argued that he Seminoles are the most talented group of players in college football, but that talent needs to be turned in to a real desire to win. This group took a big step forward last year with a 10-3 season, and there is reason to believe that they are only going to get better. A win here would automatically make them the number one team in the nation, but you have to wonder how they will react if they come out on the losing end of things.Florida State are coming into this one as a 7-point underdog, which gives you an idea of the high regard in which Alabama are held, despite losing a lot of their best players to the NFL draft, which is always the case. The Seminoles went 8-5 ATS last season, so they definitely have what it takes to hang with the number 1 team in the nation.
College Football Betting Trends
- The Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in its last 6 college football games
- Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 college football games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of Florida State Seminoles’ last 9 college football games
Why Bet on Alabama Crimson Tide?Every season seems to begin with questions being asked about the QB for the Crimson Tide, but this season may be a little different. Jalen Hurts proved his worth last season, leading his team to the National Championship. We all know what Hurts can do, but he lost a trio of his best receivers in the offseason, and while Alabama always reload and continue to win, he may have liked an easier team in Week 1 to work out some of the kinks and timing on the offense.I think we can expect to see a heavy dose of the run from Alabama in this game, with Hurts himself doing some of the damage. The ideal scenario for the Seminoles would be to force Alabama into a lot of third and long situations, as that will definitely be an issue for this offense. Alabama went 14-1 last season, and covered the spread in 10 of those 15 games. Over the past 3 seasons, Alabama has gone 5-3 in neutral site games, with Florida State going 2-1 during that same period.
College Football Betting Trends
- Alabama is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 college football games
- Crimson Tide are 24-1 SU in its last 25 college football games
- Total Meetings: 4
- First Meeting: October 23rd, 1965. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Last Meeting: September 29th, 2007. Jacksonville, Florida.
- All-Time Series: Alabama 2-1-1
- Largest Margin of Victory: Alabama 21-0 (1965)
- Longest Win Streak: Alabama 1 (1965)
- Current Win Streak: 0