Alabama favored over FSU by about a touchdown, plus other Vegas notes


No. 5 Clemson hosts Kent State in a noon opener Saturday. Only once has one of his Alabama teams run the table to a title. It's paid off in the past. While they haven't yet recreated the magic of their historic victory at MI, they've turned into a very solid Group of Five program.

Barring the unpredictable, the rest of the conference will have a tough time contending this year. But there's no resting on laurels here. We are talking SEC dominance, right?

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Rounding out the Clemson picks are analysts Brad Edwards and Tom Luginbill, who also expect a 2016 CFP teams repeat, but Luginbill takes Alabama, and Edwards, Ohio State overall.

A relative of Alabama alum Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the class-of-2020 linebacker hasn't received an offer from Crimson Tide just yet.

The College Football Playoff will be decided this season at Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the first college game at the $1.5 billion replacement for the Georgia Dome will likely help determine who is playing on January 8.

That's lofty praise considering Alabama has several other defensive players with early-round potential, including first-team All-American defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. The only problem MI could run into is the last three weeks of the season, on the road to Maryland and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks, and the showdown against archrival Ohio State to finish the regular season. The return of talented wide receiver Hunter Renfrow should help junior quarterback Kelly Bryant as a go-to option in the passing game.

Auburn? Georgia? Oklahoma State?

The two teams play next weekend, but even if the Sooners lose as expected in Columbus, Ohio, their schedule the rest of the way is more manageable. He is still considered not only the team's best defender, but one of the best in the nation. You'd play hard, too, if you'd had Will Muschamp gnawing at your behind all offseason.

Florida State eventually spoke to Harrison about maybe re-evaluating him and getting a closer look leading up to his senior season in 2014.

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The defense will not be a problem, at least for a pass rush or stopping the run. Florida State handles Duke easily and struggles in a revenge win against Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy victor, Lamar Jackson. With some further research, one can zero in on playing a hunch on the Heisman Trophy betting lines between one of the many SEC running backs on the board, including Alabama's Bo Scarbrough (+1400), Louisiana State's Derrius Guice (+1200) and Georgia's Nick Chubb (+2500).

The College football season is here, and now on the eve of week one, it is time to predict who will be the last four teams standing in the college football playoff? In 2009, Alabama used an 18-point fourth quarter to down Virginia Tech 34-24 in Atlanta.

He and Saban are among 11 active head coaches with a winning record against teams ranked in the Top 25. But this year's game may carry a little bit of extra interest considering the impressive way the Rams smashed the Pac 12's Beavers last week.

Last year's 52-6 romp over then-No.

How can Player A possibly be favored over Player B to win college football's most coveted award? Harris, led the team with 1,040 yards rushing, and also found the end zone twice.

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Player B, is better.

Texas A&M pays a visit to Los Angeles as the encore to last season's overtime affair in College Station.

The 20-year-old sophomore Darnold is a stronger professional prospect because of his size and youth, but the 22-year-old Mayfield stands apart as a college quarterback.

Number two: Florida State. That's the strategy for each of these plays. They're very disciplined, so we have to come out there disciplined, as well.

Following an inconsistent first half of 2016, Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois settled into his role and continued to show flashes of brilliance throughout the remainder of the season.

On Friday, Wisconsin is the opposite case of Arizona State. Rather, it could go a long, long way in deciding the Group of Five nominee for this year's postseason showcase.



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