College Football 2012: Michigan vs Alabama Odds

Michigan and Alabama will square off in the most intriguing game of week one in college football. The game is at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday at 8:00 PM ET, with Bama currently listed as a -13.5 favorite.

Only 10 starters from last year return to Alabama, but we all know how good Nick Saban is recruiting guys; so there will be talent in that roster.

“It really gives the players something to look forward to in the first game, and it gives the fans a lot to look forward to in the first game,” said Saban, who coached Michigan State from 1995-99. “I think it’s good for college football when we have these kinds of games. We enjoy playing in them. It’s going to be extremely challenging for us, and we’ll certainly see where we are as a team.”

Michigan and Alabama have only met three times; however all were in January bowl games and two won by the Wolverines.

“I don’t buy into that and never have,” he said. “But I do think it’s a great marker for where we’re at as a program and what we can be. I think every first game every year though you learn a lot about yourselves, because every team is different.

“I went back and thought about last year at this time. I didn’t know if we were going to win two games let alone 11, because you don’t know until you get in the real deal as far as playing games. Honestly, we’ll find out. We’ll find out about ourselves”.

Michigan is a good team, and the hype is going to lean the balance to Alabama. I would take the Wolverines with the points.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.