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Bettors like underdog Alabama in SEC title game

December 1, 2008

The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide meet the No. 4 Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome (4 pm ET, CBS).

Alabama is undefeated (12-0 SU, 8-0 SEC) while Florida has lost just once this season (11-1 SU, 7-1 SEC).

The SEC champion is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.

The teams are even over the past six meetings, each winning three times. Alabama has an edge against the spread, covering four of those six tilts. The teams last met on Sept. 30, 2006, when Florida won 28-13 as 15.5-point home favorite. The score went over the total of 40.

NCAA Betting Odds has the Gators as a 9.5-point favorite. About 56 per cent of bets on the game are on Alabama, according to Public Betting information.

John Parker Wilson threw for 135 yards and one touchdown to lead Alabama to a 36-0 blowout of Auburn on Saturday. The Tide covered the 14.5-point spread and the score went under the total of 40.5.

Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for 80 yards and another score, to pace Florida to a 45-15 win over Florida State in Week 14. The Gators covered the 17-point spread and the score went over the total of 53.5.

Alabama is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. Florida is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Alabama RB Roy Upchurch (neck) is questionable for the SEC championship. Florida WR Percy Harvin (ankle), QB Cameron Newton (ankle), DE Duke Lemmens (neck), and Matt Patchan (MCL) are all listed as questionable.

NCAA Football Betting: No. 8 Alabama at No. 3 Georgia

September 24, 2008

The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide visit the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in a battle of undefeated SEC rivals on Saturday night (7:45 pm ET, ESPN).

Georgia is a 7-point favorite in NCAA Football betting odds at Sportingbet.com, which will also have Live Betting available for the game.

The Bulldogs have the upper hand head-to-head, going 3-1 SU and ATS over the past four meetings. The teams last squared off on Sept 22, 2007, when Georgia won 26-23 as 3-point road favorites.

Last Saturday, Javier Arenas and Justin Woodall scored on long interception returns for touchdowns as Alabama rolled to a 49-14 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Tide covered the 9.5-point spread, and the score went over the total of 47.5.

Georgia scored 21 points in the second quarter of their 27-10 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils in Week 4. Georgia covered the 7-point spread, while the score fell under the total.

Alabama is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS and Georgia is 4-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS.

The total has gone under in five of Alabama’s past seven on the road. Alabama is 8-4 ATS in its past 12 on the road. Georgia is 5-0 SU in its past five, both overall and at home.

Alabama injuries include punter Heath Thomas (bruised foot; questionable) and linebacker Ezekial Knight (heart condition; out for season).

The Bulldogs have huge number of injuries, including: tight end Tripp Chandler (sprained neck; probable), defensive end Roderick Battle (neck; questionable), wide receiver Walter Hill (hand; questionable); and offensive lineman Chris Little (foot; out for season).

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