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How Good Is Bama? Good Enough To Feature In A Prop Bet With An NFL Team

bookmakerNick Saban has built something we’ve never seen before in the BCS era — a year-in, year-out juggernaut.  No other school has collected three national titles in four years or back-to-back titles under the current system.  And Alabama appears to be ready to roll again in 2013.

Just ask the oddsmakers.

Knowing that the betting public is well aware of Saban, the Tide, and the school’s recent dominance, online bookmaker William Hill has posted a prop bet that pits Bama against the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers:


Who will have more regular season wins in the 2013-14 season?

San Francisco 49ers: +120

Alabama Crimson Tide: -140


The 49ers will play 16 regular-season games while the Crimson Tide will play just 12.  (Thirteen if William Hill counts a possible SEC Championship Game trip as being in the regular season.)

Meanwhile, LVH — the casino formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton — has posted its lines for next season’s national championship race.  Here are there top 10 favorites and the rest of the SEC squads mentioned.  Guess who’s on top?


Odds to win 2014 BCS National Championship Game, Rose Bowl, January 6th, 2014

Alabama 5-2

Ohio State 6-1

Oregon 7-1

Texas A&M 10-1

Georgia 12-1

LSU 15-1

South Carolina 15-1

Florida 15-1

Stanford 15-1

Notre Dame 25-1

Arkansas 300-1

Vanderbilt 500-1

Missouri 500-1

Ole Miss 500-1

Auburn 1000-1

Tennessee 1000-1

Mississippi State 1000-1


If you’re wanting to bet on Kentucky, you can bet the “field” at 50-1.



Well, this could be an interesting bet. Vegas is showing some consternation over the 9ers due to some key off season injuries. Looks right now like they are good for 11-12 wins which puts this bet into winnable territory for Bama. But it also demands near perfection outta the Tide where as the 9ers would only need to win 75% of the time to clinch the bet. Unless the wheels come off in SF, put your money on the 49ers. 

At least this bet is a realistic comparison of the Crimson Tide and the NFL, unlike the stupidity last fall suggesting that Alabama could beat an NFL franchise. (of course, there is that "Any Given Sunday"). 

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