“If you’re sick of Bama, buckle up, because it’s going to be the longest season of your life,” an opposing coach hits the nail on the head for the Alabama Crimson Tide this coming season. Alabama leads SEC odds, National Championship Game odds, and a litany of other awards and marks for yet another season. They return Heisman winner Bryce Young, seven defensive starters, and Nick Saban. There’s a reason college football is a regular season sport, and Alabama is that reason.
This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables in their pursuit of another championship?
Week 1 Odds: Alabama (0-0) Vs. Utah State (1-0)
Start the streak over. Alabama was favored in 92 straight games until the SEC Championship Game against Georgia last season. Against Utah State, Alabama is a steep favorite. The Aggies return their head coach, both coordinators, and starting QB (one of just 21 teams nationally) and they will be an interesting team in their own right in the Mountain West. If betting sides in steep matchups like this is your thing, that’s great. Utah State may be worth a look. But this is just target practice for the Tide.
The Tide have won their last six season openers by an average 31.5 points– all of which were against Power 5 opponents.
Alabama odds, 2022 team preview
Not much needs to be said about the Alabama program as a whole nor the state they’re in season to season. The National Championship favorite returns a Heisman winner, the nation’s best defensive player, and a legendary head coach. Of course they’re favorites.
What really makes them dangerous this season is the tactical use of the transfer portal. They added versatile speedster Jahmyr Gibbs as their lead back from Georgia Tech, lockdown corner Eli Ricks from LSU, star receiver Jermaine Burton from Georgia, and one of the best tackles in the SEC Tyler Steen from Vanderbilt. Each player has a specific role carved out for them. Bama landed the sixth-ranked transfer class, per 247Sports, despite signing just five guys (the top four averaged almost 17).
For the first time in some years, Alabama returns both coordinators and their QB– one of just 21 programs this season to do so. They bolstered the staff by poaching Kentucky OL coach Eric Wolford after last year’s unit caused issues. Wolford led UK to a Joe Moore Award finalist spot in 2021.
It’ll be tough to top his numbers from last season, but Young will certainly try (4,872 yards, 47 TD, 7 INT, 66.9% completion). Gibbs is a weapon in the receiving game out of the backfield and expect the Tide to lean into the run game a bit more given their talent there and lack of experience at receiver.
Alabama traverses the usual SEC West gauntlet, taking on LSU, Ole Miss, and Arkansas on the road while hosting Texas A&M and Auburn. What makes this year’s schedule a bit more interesting is their true road game at Texas. Alabama is not only favored in every single game, but they’re double-digit favorites in every game scheduled.
Players to watch
Note: We know about Bryce Young and Will Anderson. Here’s three other players to keep an eye out for this season.
- WR Jermaine Burton: As a freshman at Georgia, Burton wasn’t really the centerpiece on the offense. He won the title with the Dawgs and then announced his intent to transfer to the team they beat– Alabama. Three new receivers step up for Alabama and Burton is likely the most talented of them all. He’s a good bet to be the leading receiver for this team in 2022.
- LB Dallas Turner: We all know about Will Anderson, but his runningmate is almost as dangerous. Turner recorded 8.5 sacks last year as a true freshman and will get plenty of one-on-one looks this season. He’s 6′ 4″, has the athleticism to dominate opposing OLs, and the versatility to play stand-up or with his hand in the dirt. Expect gaudy numbers from Turner this season.
- SAF Jordan Battle: Before last season, Battle was a popular late-first round NFL Draft choice in mocks. Instead, he returns for his senior season after recording 85 tackles and three picks last year. Battle is the vocal leader of the defensive secondary and can play in the slot, in the box, or over the top. He’s not just a strong All-American candidate, but also the top safety in the nation.
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Alabama schedule and betting odds
|9/3/22||vs. Utah State||7:30 p.m.||-38|
|9/10/22||at Texas||12:00 p.m.||-14.5|
|9/17/22||vs. Louisiana-Monroe||4:00 p.m.||OTB|
|10/8/22||vs. Texas A&M||TBA||-16.5|
|10/22/22||vs. Mississippi State||TBA||-20.5|
|11/12/22||at Ole Miss||TBA||-13.5|
|11/19/22||vs. Austin Peay (FCS)||TBA||OTB|
|12/3/22||SEC Championship||4:00 p.m.|
Alabama Crimson Tide futures odds
College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.
Alabama win total
Alabama has the maximum win total at many books, over . They’re double-digit favorites in every game this season, including games at Texas and against Texas A&M. Betting under their win total in any season is foolish, especially this season.
Odds to win 2023 National Championship
The Tide are favorites to win the National Championship this season, edging out Georgia and Ohio State.
Odds to win SEC Championship
Even in a staunch SEC, Alabama is the odds-on favorite to win another conference title at .
Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide
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