The words “Alabama” and “underdog” haven’t been linked together since the 2009 SEC championship game against Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer and Florida.

Since that time, the Crimson Tide have played 68 consecutive games as a betting favorite, claiming three national championships.

As some fans and media postulate that Bama’s run of dominance slowly is crumbling, one Las Vegas sportsbook has installed the Tide as a “pick ’em” against Georgia. In other words, as of this weekend, it was possible to wager money on Alabama and win your bet even if coach Nick Saban and company won a game by just one point.

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There’s a strong possibility that betting line will move from “pick ’em” by Oct. 3 as we learn who will start at quarterback for each team, which program endures more early injuries and, perhaps most constructive, how the two teams play in September.

UGA’s toughest pre-Bama game comes at home against South Carolina, while Alabama faces Wisconsin in a neutral-site season opener and then hosts a strong Ole Miss team. If Alabama struggles or loses either of those games, and Georgia enters the contest 4-0, the home team Bulldogs should enter kickoff as a betting favorite.

Every single FBS team — all 128 — played at least one game decided by seven or fewer points in 2014. Alabama has lost nine games since the ’09 SEC championship. The Tide have played 16 teams ranked in the Top 10 during that time, and were installed as favorites in all 16 games, not to mention numerous other contests against Top 25 opponents.

It’s inaccurate to say that Vegas has “predicted” Alabama to win every game. The goal of any sportsbook is to turn a profit, and the Tide is a public team, meaning the majority of non-professional gamblers wagering on an Alabama game are more likely to put money on the Tide.

Still, the fact that Alabama should surpass 70 consecutive games as a betting favorite is a remarkable feat.

Considering that The Golden Nugget opened Bama as a 3.5-point favorite at Auburn and a 9-point favorite vs. LSU, if the team does become a favorite at UGA, the Tide may need to make the College Football Playoff before it could face the possibility of being an underdog.

If the team makes it through the ’15 season as a favorite in every game, it will enter a highly-anticipated contest vs. the USC Trojans to start the ’16 season with a streak of at least 81 games.

Call it a dynasty, call it a dominant stretch, call it what you like, but since the ’09 season, Alabama has been the best program in the country. There are legitimate reasons to wonder whether that run is starting to end, even if the Tide is unlikely to fall out of the Top 10-15.

Is it possible that we could see Saban’s teams start to become underdogs in big road games, though?


Sept. 5: Wisconsin vs. Alabama (-10)
Sept. 19: Ole Miss at Alabama (-9.5)
Oct. 3: Alabama (pick ’em) at Georgia
Oct. 10: Arkansas at Alabama (-7.5)
Oct. 17: Alabama (-7) at Texas A&M
Oct. 24: Tennessee at Alabama (-10)
Nov. 7: LSU at Alabama (-9)
Nov. 14: Alabama (-9) at Mississippi State
Nov. 27: Alabama (-3.5) at Auburn