Nick Saban Retires: How Have Alabama College Football Futures Odds Changed?
Where were you when Alabama head coach Nick Saban retired? One of the all-time coaches dropped the shocking news on the college football world as the final hours of the workday ticked away. Almost immediately, Alabama football futures odds were on the move. Not just the landscape of Alabama football, not just the landscape of SEC football, but the trajectory of college football as a whole was altered on Wednesday evening.
All eyes land on Tuscaloosa as they search for their next head coach. Oddsmakers and bettors alike certainly have their eyes focused on Alabama’s next move.
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FanDuel Sportsbook opened Alabama at +550 to win the 2024-25 national championship. Within minutes of Chris Low’s bombshell report, those odds dropped as far as +1200. That seemed to be the buy-low point, as those odds quickly rebounded and settled in at +1000. Currently, the latest odds for the Tide to win the title sit at .
Sportsbooks had yet to release win totals or SEC odds involving Alabama. Depending on who the Tide reel in, their RSW total may open differently compared to previous years.
In his 14 seasons in Tuscaloosa, Saban won six national championships. Prior to his stint at Alabama, he won another title at LSU. His victory in 2020 marked his seventh ring, passing Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most by a single head coach in college football history.
Rival SEC Schools See Futures Odds Move
Saban’s retirement didn’t just affect Alabama football futures odds. Kirby Smart‘s Georgia Bulldogs saw their odds plummet from +380 to +250. LSU’s future odds dropped slightly from +1500 to +1200. Perhaps most dramatic was Ole Miss, which dropped from +2600 to as low as +1200 immediately following the news. While Smart isn’t likely to leave Athens, Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin was one of the first names suggested as Saban’s successor.
Even Missouri – whose initial odds movement was market-driven – dropped from +5000 to +3000.
Every current SEC head coach, with the exception of Smart, is likely interested in the Alabama job. Several top names from outside the SEC (Dan Lanning, anyone?) will also be rumored for the opening. Initial groupthink is that Alabama replaces Saban with a household name in the sport. Should that household name come from another school, that team’s odds will change dramatically, as well.
For now, all we can do is reflect and wait.
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