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2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Gambling Odds

Alabama Crimson Tide 2009 Season Preview/Prediction

The College Football season may be 7-8 weeks away but our man James Hayes has been deep in study and will provide his take and 2009 College Football Predictions on as many NCAA teams as he can before the 2009/10 season kicks off.

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Coach: Nick Saban
2008 Record: 12-2

Taskmaster coach Saban has brought pride back to Dixieland football. In the usually hyper-competitive SEC West division, the Tide enjoyed down years from LSU and Auburn in 2008. The team lost to upstart Utah in the Sugar Bowl, but the team is poised for more success in Tuscaloosa, a welcome change for fans used to having nothing but the Bear Bryant days to pine for.

Gambling Odds from Betus.com to win BCS: +1900

Alabama must replace career passing leader John Parker Wilson, but Greg McElroy has looked strong in spring and has a pair of gifted wideouts in Julio Jones and Mike McCoy. The defense returns nine starters from a strong 2008 unit. Six-foot-four, 250 lb middle linebacker Rolando McClain and speedy corner/return man Javier Arenas highlight the D.

Team Strengths
Mark Ingram, Roy Upchurch, Terry Grant and top-ranked frosh Trent Richardson compose a deep, strong backfield. McCoy and Jones can make crazy plays and newcomer tight end Colin Peek should make his presence felt.

Massive defensive tackle (pushing 370 lbs!) Terrance Cody will lead the charge in stuffing the run, which the Tide will do well. In the SEC, a breeding ground for professional ballplayers, running the ball and stopping the run is always a strong formula.

Team Weaknesses
Undoubtedly, McElroy will have a learning curve under center. Being Alabama’s starting quarterback is some of the most pressure an individual can feel in the Deep South; it took Wilson a couple seasons to be truly productive. We’ll see how the junior McElroy rises to the challenge. Star Jackson and sought-after frosh A.J. McCarron are waiting in the wings if McElroy ‘shits the bed,’ to use a parlance of our times.

It will be tougher sledding for ’Bama in 2009. Ole Miss is everyone’s trendy pick in the West, also, LSU and Auburn will bounce back to some extent.

The Tide must face two Top 10 teams on the road (Virginia Tech and Ole Miss) but Alabama will be geared up when they go to Oxford to face its division foe. Expect the Crimson Tide to still be the class of the SEC West.

2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Record Prediction: 12-2

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  1. Josh Cowan says:

    Do you remember Prothro and the offense Alabama had before his injury? Had Prothro not gone down Bama would still be stuck with Shula at the helm. Bama now has a man by the name of Maze who will blow by guys for deep throws, in which McElroy has shown the touch. Add Jones along with the Maze speedster threat, and you have defenses who will have to play soft, thus enabling the run attack. Look for a lot of play action pass to burn defenses this year. Then along comes the tides defense..Well nothing more can be said that people don’t already know. Alabama will go unscathed this year. The only issue with the offense will probably be CNS not allowing the offense to utilize the fire power that they have to full potential, due to the way he likes to manage the game by running the ball. Given the regular season to gell, no one will be able to stop them by the time the SEC championship rolls around.

  2. Thanks for your take Josh…I’ll be watching Bama closely this year…

  3. I’m not too sure that Alabama waltzes its way to the SEC Championship. Ole Miss, LSU, and Auburn will have something to say about this. I still think they are the class of the conference, but not by as large a margin as you may think.

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