The 2013 BCS National Championship is just over a week away, and gamblers would be wise to get a bet down sooner than later on either Alabama or Notre Dame.
If you're on the fence about which way to lean in this exciting title game, don’t fret, as we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at both the point spread and over/under for the impending matchup and pick some winners.
*Gambling lines courtesy of ScoresAndOdds.com.
Point Spread: Notre Dame (+9.5) over Alabama
We are more than convinced that the Crimson Tide will roll to a second straight national title, but it would be foolish to lay 9.5 points against the best defense in the country.
Coach Nick Saban has too much experience and a roster that is armed to the teeth with players that can handle the Fighting Irish, but it’s going to be closer than you may think.
If the Irish proved anything in 2012, it’s that their defense isn’t to be taken lightly and is highly capable of completely halting an offensive attack.
Considering ‘Bama is also renown for its defense, we have a strong feeling this one is going to turn into a low-scoring game of field position and mental toughness.
Over/Under: Under 41.5
As we just mentioned, the emphasis in the BCS Championship will be on defense, from both sides, and the under is about the smartest play you can make on the contest.
Neither team is going to be looking to go for the home run play too often, and is aware that punting and putting the respective defense back out on the field is likely going to be the best fourth-down option in a majority of situations.
Barring an unforeseen injury or other outside circumstance, the result of this game will go under 41.5, so pile on the number while there is still plenty of value.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 14 – Notre Dame 10
We expect ‘Bama will score an early TD to take the lead before both defenses go into lockdown mode.
Eventually a mistake or two will allow the Irish back into the contest, but ultimately the Tide will make a fourth-quarter push to score a second straight TD to secure a victory and cement their legacy.