Why Bet On Alabama To Win The College Football Championship

Posted by Eric Williams on Thursday,January 5, 2017 7:10, EST in

Thanks to their perennially powerful defense, a gifted young quarterback and a suddenly dangerous rushing attack, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson look like virtual locks to win the 2016 CFP national championship.

If you want some reasons why you should bet on Nick Saban’s squad to win this season’s national championship, then I’ve got plenty. Let’s get started.

Why Bet On Alabama To Win The College Football Championship

 

 

D-Fence, D-Fence!

If I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. The best reason to bet on Alabama Crimson Tide to win the national championship is because of their powerful defense. I mean, really, it’s kind of hard to beat a team – when you can’t score on them!

Despite losing several key members from their title-winning team a year ago, Alabama has remained completely and utterly dominant on the defensive side of the ball this season – and that alone may be reason enough to place a wager on the Tide.

Alabama is ranked first nationally in total defense (244.4 ypg), first against the run (62.4 ypg) and first in points allowed (11.4 ppg). The Tide have held a whopping nine opponents to 10 points or less this season, including No. 4 Washington in their CFP semifinal showdown last weekend.

The Tide are led by superstar defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, but have several other standout defensive stars that can and do make plays all over the field.

Jalen Hurts

Alabama’s dynamic dual-threat redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has been a revelation for Nick Saban this season. Not only has hurts shown steady progress all season long with his passing and decision-making, but his ability to both, pass and the run the ball effectively have hurt several of Alabama’s opponents this season.

Hurts has completed an impressive 64.6 percent of his passes this season while throwing for 2,620 yards with 21 TD passes and a manageable nine interceptions. Hurts has also rushed for stellar 891 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging over five yards per carry. Alabama is ranked 15th in scoring (39.4 ppg) this season – and a lot of that is because of the stellar play of Jalen Hurts.

Bo Scarborough

Alabama’s gifted sophomore running back has had his trials and tribulations after arriving at Alabama as the next expected superstar running back, but right now, he looks every bit as powerful and scary as any back the Tide have produced in the Nick Saban era.

Scarborough had his best game of the season in rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against No. 4 Washington in their CFP blowout win last weekend and looks like he’s prepared to run over, around and through any Clemson defender in the national championship.

 

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Nick Saban

I’ll admit it. I just don’t like the arrogant Nick Saban very much. Still, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due and Saban is certainly due his share. Now in his 10th season at Alabama, Saban has compiled an insane 119-18 record while winning a quartet of national championships in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

While many argue that Saban constantly gets a handful of the best five-star high school players in the country, many other elite gridiron programs get almost as many cream of the crop high schoolers and haven’t been able to come close to duplicating Saban’s success. No matter how you feel about him, Alabama has a decisive coaching edge with Nick Saban on the sideline.