When the Week 1 schedule of the college football season was released, there was a genuine buzz of excitement among fans, as it is considered by many to be the best opening week schedule of all time. There are some huge match-ups taking place this weekend, but one that really jumps off the page is the one that sees the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide square off against the USC Trojans in the house that Jerry built in Arlington, Texas. These are a pair of teams that sport a very rich footballing history, with no less than 27 National Championships shared between the two. It has been Alabama who have had the better of things in recent years, but the Trojans legitimately believe that they are on the way back to the big time. What better way to test that theory than by pitting yourself against the best team in college football right now? The Crimson Tide are a pretty heavy betting favorite coming into this one, but I get the feeling that we are going to be in for something special in prime time on Saturday night. Get the latest college football spreads here!
USC Trojans Vs Alabama Crimson Tide Winning Favorites
When: Saturday, September 3 at 8 PM EST Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington TV: ABC NCAAF Odds: Alabama at -11.5
Why bet on the USC Trojans?
The USC Trojans are a team looking to rebound after a barren spell that was really brought about by sanctions placed on the program. Clay Helton is in as the new permanent head coach after taking the job on an interim basis, and the general consensus is that the is definitely the right man for the job. His biggest challenge is going to be doing something with a defensive line that is young and inexperienced. He will have a new QB under center this season, but Max Browne is going to have some very nice weapons to throw to when the offensive unit is on the field. This team has the ability to put points on the board, but can that defense hold up?
Why bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide?
Alabama has some big shoes to fill, with Derrick Henry off to the NFL, along with a host of other starters from last year’s championship winning team. There are some questions still waiting to be answered at the QB position for the Crimson Tide, but is this really anything different than what we have been saying about Alabama for as long as Nick Saban has been there? Saban is a master recruiter, and he has ridiculous depth at every single position. There always seem to be doubts about his personnel, but those are usually all swept aside after the first few weeks of the season.
My Free Pick and Final Score Prediction
Alabama ae coming into this one as an 11.5-point favorite, and I think that number is just a little too high. While I think the Crimson Tide will win this one, I don’t think it is going to be by way of the blowout.