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Muscle Sport Magazine

‘Bama Will Not Go Undefeated

College football fans, the wait is over.  Today let’s take a look at the wins projected in the NCAA Football Odds regular season wins total of the Alabama Crimson Tide, last year’s BCS National Champion.

We all know that last year Alabama finished as the game’s best team, but what few people know is that they were a favorite of college football betting fans too. They ended 2009 14-0 and an impressive 9-5 against the spread.

Back to do it all again is quarterback Greg McElroy, who is undefeated as a starter in Tuscaloosa. While he wasn’t always great last year, McElroy was good when his team needed him most, throwing for 17 touchdowns, six in the Crimson Tide’s last five games. And if McElroy alone was returning to this offense, it’d be enough to make them a strong favorite in the SEC West. Luckily for Alabama fans, he’s not alone.

That’s because, back from last year’s 12th ranked rushing unit (215 yards per game) is Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Ingram amassed 1,658 yards and singlehandedly carried Alabama to a few victories down the stretch, in the process becoming the first Alabama player to ever take home college football’s top honor. But even as good as he was, Ingram will be forced to share carries with Trent Richardson this season, who as a true freshman tallied 751 yards on just 145 carries in 2009.

As good as this offense could be in 2010, the defense is still most definitely a work in progress, after losing nine starters off the No. 1 ranked scoring defense in college football last year (11 points a game). The biggest key for this unit will be whether or not lineman Marcel Dareus plays, as he’s currently under investigation for his alleged role with an agent.

With the offense and defense both evaluated, it’s now time to look at Alabama’s schedule, because this will be key for college football betting fans getting ready to make their picks.

This year’s schedule appears to be much tougher than last year’s, with brutal conference road games at Tennessee, South Carolina, LSU and Arkansas. Home dates with Penn State, Florida and Auburn (All potential top 25 teams), could prove just as tricky for this team.

Alabama enters this season having gone undefeated in the last two regular seasons, but another unblemished campaign just doesn’t seem likely.

Still, expect them to go 11-1.

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