The Alabama Crimson Tide are—as usual—going to be the premier team to watch in college football during the 2013 season.
It’s going to be a fun journey for fans to watch, but it’s going to be an even more exciting and profitable one for bettors.
If you are on the fence about making some wagers this year, keep reading to see the three best bets to make on Bama.
*Odds and info via VegasInsider.com and Bovada.lv
Alabama -18.5 over Virginia Tech, Aug. 31, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic
Watch for the Tide to simply roll over the Hokies in the first game of the season in front of a sellout crowd at the Georgia Dome.
Remember, Bama has won 11 straight season openers and isn’t about to disappoint with yet another chance to make history.
These two teams last met in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic back in 2009, with Alabama waltzing to a 34-24 victory as a six-point favorite.
With even better players and more confidence than ever, it would be downright surprising if the Tide were slowed at all against this inferior ACC opponent.
Don’t be shocked when Alabama is up by nearly three touchdowns at halftime and runs away in a blowout after the break.
Total Regular-Season Wins: Over 11 (-135)
Vegas expects Alabama to win 11 games this year, but it is a great bet that the team will have more than that when all is said and done.
The most challenging portion of the Tide’s schedule comes at the beginning of the 2013 season, when they face V-Tech at a neutral site and then have a rematch with Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station two weeks later.
After that, it's a run-of-the-mill SEC schedule, which will make it challenging but certainly not impossible for a program like Alabama to run the table.
Of course, the Crimson Tide will need to win every game—the SEC Championship and bowl games don’t count toward the total—in order to pay dividends on this wager.
If you think that will happen—and it is extremely likely if they can get past the Aggies unscathed—then it’s still worth a bet, and you should definitely consider the next prop on this list as well.
Odds to Win National Championship: 3-1
At 3-1, Alabama is the odds-on favorite to repeat as victors in the BCS National Championship game for the third straight season and fourth time in five years.
Will Bama win another championship?
Due to the program’s pedigree and unparalleled success under Saban, the sheer amount of impact players who are returning from last year and the wealth of young talent on the roster, it’s not a stretch to say that the Tide will pull it off yet again.
Again, the early weeks will be key, but a late-season showdown with LSU and the SEC Championship Game could also have a major impact on Bama’s ability to compete for the crystal football.
While the odds may be a little short, it’s still worth it to back the Tide and get paid when they roll to another championship in January.